By Scrapbooking & Card Making Contributor
Peg’s Crafting Corner
Who doesn’t love a cute little bunny basket in the spring? Of course, they are a must for Easter to put those small pieces of candy in. This box is the perfect size for the little candies and the little hands that carry them.
If you would like a bunny on both sides of the box, use the directions and double the number of items that are cut.
Begin by punching using an oval punch, dies or template 2 ovals from white card stock and 2 smaller ovals from patterned paper (Secret Garden Paper Pad by Graphic 45 used here). The ovals shown were traced using the template and then cut out by hand with a pair of scissors. Attach the patterned paper onto the card stock using a tape runner and the lay them aside for later.
Create a circle from white card stock using a circle die (Spellbinders used here) and die cut machine for the body and use a smaller circle for the head.
Add texture to the body of the rabbit by using an embossing folder (Swiss Dot folder by Provo Craft used for this) and run it through a die cut machine. Lay both pieces aside with the ears.
For the box, cut an 8” x 5” piece of card stock (white was used here, but you can also use another color) and score it using a scoring board at 1” on both of the longest sides. Score the short sides 2” in from each side. Cut the end tabs that were created just up to the score line using a pair of scissors as shown in the picture. Next, score the center tabs at 1”. Fold all of the score lines to get crisp folds.
Turn the box over so that the outside is facing up and add a piece of tape to one of the end tabs. Fold both end tabs inward and attach them. Repeat this step for the other end of the box.
The box should now look like this.
Add a piece of tape to each end of the remaining tabs and fold them over the top of the side and then down into the box. This will hide the end tabs and create a more finished look to the box.
Cut 3 strips of patterned paper (Secret Garden by Graphic 45 shown here). Two strips should measure 1” x 4” and one strip should measure 1” x 6”. Cut the 1” x 6” strip in half. Use a pair of fringe scissors to create the blades of grass and attach the strips to the sides of the box.
Add a line of tape near the bottom of the rabbit’s body and attach it to the side of the box.
Now, attach the ears to the back of the head and bend one year slightly forward. Use a small circle punch to punch 2 eyes from black card stock and attach them. Punch a heart using a heart punch and turn it upside down and slide a small strip of white card stock that has been divided in half by drawing a line down it in marker to represent the teeth behind the heart shape. Cut a piece of black card stock that measures ¼” x 1 ½” and use the fringe scissors to cut it into the whiskers. Attach the 3 pieces to the center of the head using a tape runner. Punch a hole into the point of the heart and add a brad for the nose. Slightly fold each side of the heart upward to add a little dimension to the face. Use a hole punch (Crop-A-Dile Big Bite was used) to punch 2 small pieces of the patterned paper from a scrap piece for the center of the eyes.
Attach the head to the body on the box. Punch a small circle from the patterned paper and cut it in half for the foot and attach it to the body. Add a small amount of a cotton ball on for the tail.
This little bunny is now ready to bring some fun to someone’s day this spring. Add some jelly beans or favorite small candies for a special treat. The small box can make a great little gift for a child or an adult!