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Do you ever have an idea that you just get so stoked about? I was really pretty pleased with myself when I decided that I wanted to take a basket and a stuffed animal and turn them into one thing. It would make the cutest Easter basket PLUS it would make cute room decor/storage for the littles in the meantime.
Now my original idea had been more to have the stuffed animal covering the basket and, therefore, being the basket BUT it would seem as though stuffed animals just aren’t as popular as they once were. When I headed out to Target to snap up some things to make and fill my basket I was disappointed to learn that I had only 2 options, both the same size and from the same brand, to use for my craft. Man! When I was a kid I remember standing in the stuffed toy section at the store and having the HARDEST time choosing my new toy. Would it be the pastel colors caterpillar or magenta dinosaur? Because kids apparently don’t dig the plush stuff so much, I instead had to work with the materials I could put together. In the end, I think that this little sucker turned out super duper cute anyway. And I must admit, I only had 2 options including a lamb or a bunny and I still had to have Rob make the call in the end because I couldn’t even decide between two :)
Now we all know that Easter is about candy and I have a firm belief that you should fill a basket with the good stuff. Especially if you intend to share :) At Target I picked up a good variety of some tasty sweets including:
- Starburst Sweet & Sour Jellybeans
- Easter M&M’s White Strawberry Shortcake 8oz <— only at Target and for a limited time
- Easter DOVE Peanut Butter Eggs
- DOVE Milk Chocolate Bunny
- Skittles Bunny Topper
- Starburst Carrot
I also dug around in the Easter toy bins and grabbed a white Easter bunny shaped ball popper and a mini, kind of realistic, stuffed bunny. To round things out I got this adorable metal pail, and 2 packages of Easter grass, one pink and gold and the other blue and gold. But let’s get started with making our basket and then we’ll get down to the deets of filling it…
For this project you will need:
- Large stuffed animal
- Medium sized Easter bucket or pail
- e6000 glue
- clothes pins or alligator clips
- heavy items, like books
Here is my cutie patootie stuffed bunny. He’s really soft and I love the gold star accents that match the inside of the pail I chose!
First figure out where the top of the pail connects with your stuffed animal, as it wraps around the basket.
Make a horizontal slit with sharp scissors about 1/4-1/2 inch down from that mark where the top of the pail meets.
Pull the stuffing out of the belly but leave in the arms, head, legs and booty area.
Use e6000 glue to close up the slit and then apply a big line across that area about 2-3 inches wide and then a strip of glue down the middle. Push the stuffed animal around the pail and see where the glue touches.
Apply a healthy amount of glue in that general area on the pail, trying to make sure that the pail’s handle is straight horizontally to the stuffed animal.
Wrap the stuffed animal around the pail and push something heavy up against the pail to push it and the toy into a wall or other solid surface behind it. Allow to set at least an hour.
Apply glue to the insides of the legs and, again wrap around the pail. Coming from one of the sides, push the animal together against the wall with your heavy items. It should go: heavy items, leg, pail, leg, wall. Allow the glue to set for at least an hour.
Now you want your head to stay UP rather than looking like a sick bunny after a bit too good of a time. Apply a small amount of glue under the chin and push against the rim of the pail.
Add a dab of glue to the inside of the hands of your toy and wrap around the bottom of the pail.
Use a clothespin, alligator clip or something similar to keep the hand closed shut. Allow the glue for the chin and hands to dry completely.
Now let’s fill this baby up! There are so many ways you can do this. Everything can go right into the top of the basket or pail. Just make sure you have enough Easter grass or filler beneath to keep everything peeking up over the edge.
My basket was always on the brick build-out for the fireplace and other items would often be placed round the basket, like little toys.
I prefer to have a lot going on inside the basket with a few surprises. I took my Starburst Jellybeans, DOVE Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs (that I may or may not have stolen one or two or five of) into the bottom of the basket. This acts as filler and the kid gets to dig around to get all of the goodies. Who doesn’t like unwrapping presents? Except for me. I feel so put on the spot and awkward! :)
I love getting the candy filled tubes with fun toppers because they always look good in the back! I also like filling the basket this way because it makes that chocolate bunny, that should ALWAYS be the centerpiece of an Easter basket in my mind, the main focal point.
Boom! Gold wrapped chocolate amazing-ness right up in their little faces :)
Don’t you just love this sweet little bunny? Gah!
Oh, and they had these super cute little gold letter ornaments so I picked out a B to add to the pail and make it a bit more personalized. Unfortunately Carly, my new puppy found it in the bag before I did so it’s got a few teeth marks. Erm, character… it’s got some more character :)
No matter how you fill it, if you toss in the good stuff I promise your basket will be a total hit! So be sure to go to Target for all your basket fillin’s and if you’re not sure which your littles would like best there are even some tasting events at Target Stores on March 20 so you can see first hand what’s what. Oh, and keep up with what’s going down and find everything you need this Easter here!
Let’s have one last look at that fine Easter basket. I have to tell you, I’m very happy with myself right at this moment :) Hoppy Easter!