Want a quick and easy gardening with kids craft idea for Easter? Our adorable Tin Can Bunny Planters use up recyclables already found in your home! My crocuses are in bloom, so that means spring is here. It doesn’t matter that it just snowed on Monday – once the crocus blooms, its game time. I can already see my daylilies bursting up from the ground and my daffodils are just getting ready to unfurl their cheery little heads.
My children and I love this time of the year. With all of the flowers blooming and colors bursting forth from the ground, it’s a pretty magical experience. Each day leads to some new plant popping up to say hello and we love trying to figure out what’s going to bloom next. Right now, my daffodils and early blooming tulips are racing against time with one another.
As the days get warmer and longer, we happily say goodbye to being cooped up indoors and move outside. That means that our crafting and cooking sessions move outdoors too. We say goodbye to the basement where we do most of our winter crafts and hello to the backyard for all sorts of fun gardening with kids crafts.
This is how we got to today’s craft – our Tin Can Bunny Planters. The weather was warm, the sun was shining, and our recyclables pail was quite full. So I grabbed some of our tomato puree cans and got to work. I love making living gifts whenever possible and these adorable bunny planters make the perfect home for some beautiful spring plants!
Tin Can Bunny Planters
- 1 recycled tin can (I used a 28-ounce sauce can.)
- 2, 9 x 12 pieces of white felt
- 2, 9 x 12 pieces of pink felt
- white spray paint (I used Rust-Oleum paint.)
- 2 large googly eyes
- 1 large white or pink pom pom
- 1 small pink pom pom
- a small potted plant (Spring daffodils look great, tulips would too!)
- Miscellaneous: glue gun, scissors, black sharpie
Step 1: Make sure you thoroughly wash and dry your tin can. If there are any sharp edges, carefully press them down into the can using the flat side of a butter knife.
Step 2: In a well-ventilated area, spray paint the can white and allow to dry completely. This is very important or else the paint on your rabbit planter will smear.
Step 3: Make the bunny ears. Using a white piece of felt, fold it in half and trace a bunny ear onto it. This bunny ear should use up the entire half of the piece of the felt. Carefully cut the bunny ears out and when you are done, you will have two white ears.
Now, using a pink piece of felt, fold it in half and trace a smaller bunny ear onto it. This pink piece will be the inner ear and will nestle into the white ear, so it should be smaller than the white ears you just cut out. Carefully cut the pink ears out and when you are done, you will have two pink ears. Now, glue the smaller pink ears onto the larger white ears and set aside.
Step 4: Make the bunny feet. Using a white piece of felt, fold it in half and trace a bunny foot onto it. Look closely at the feet in the pictures. The “top” part is rounded whereas the bottom part is cut at a 90-degree angle. This will allow the feet to line up properly on the bottom of the can. This bunny foot should use up the entire half of the piece of the felt. Carefully cut the bunny feet out and when you are done, you will have two white feet.
Now, using a pink piece of felt, fold it in half and trace 3 toes and 1 sole onto it. These pink pieces will lay on top of the white feet. Carefully cut the pink parts out and when you are done, you will have 6 pink toes and 2 pink soles. Now, glue the pink toes and soles onto the white feet and set aside. You will also need to cut out a bunny nose from the pink piece of felt.
Step 5: Wait for the spray paint to fully dry. Then use your glue gun to affix the bunny ears and pom-pom tail to the back side of the planter. Glue on googly eyes and the felt nose. Using a sharpie, draw a mouth on to your bunny rabbit planter.
Step 6: Wait for the glue to set and then you can carefully insert the potted plant into the tin can bunny planter.
Do you use your recyclables to make cute planters like these Easter Bunny Planters? What types of gardening with kids projects are you working on at home? Share some ideas with us below!
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