If you're looking for a fun affordable craft activity that children of all ages will enjoy, why not try making this cute little buggy for the Easter Bunny to ride in as he does his Easter egg deliveries? Created out of medium-sized cardboard boxes and a few miscellaneous craft materials such as acrylic paints, scrap paper, scissors and glue, an Easter Bunny buggy can be as simple or as fancy as your child's imagination will allow.
I found old cardboard boxes at a nearby hardware store that were perfect for this project, so if you don't have anything suitable at home, perhaps head down to your local retailer and see if they can help you. If my store is anything to go by, they'll be more than happy to pass a few on to you, free of charge.
Although this activity will be especially enjoyed by very little children, older youngsters and even adults can also have a load of fun elaborating on the basic concept with tinsel, glitter glue, stickers and ribbons. One of the great things about this project is how flexible it is. There is no right or wrong way to do it. Use this article as a guideline, but let your imagination go wild and see where it takes you. Whether your buggy is big, small or somewhere in-between, when the little trailer is full of Easter eggs, it looks gorgeous: a perfect homemade festive decoration. If your children have a plush toy rabbit, this can easily morph into the Easter Bunny persona, but be sure that you make the buggy just the right size for him to fit into.
Time: An hour and a half
Age: Any Age
2 medium-sized cardboard boxes. The ones I used were approximately 15cm x 25cm (6 x 10 inches), but the size isn't really important, as long as one (or two) bunnies can fit into the buggy, and there's enough room in the trailer for all your Easter eggs.
A medium-sized plush rabbit toy (make sure that the size of your bunny matches the size of your buggy). Before you go out and purchase one, sort through your children's toy box and see if there is anything suitable there.
Scrap cardboard for the buggy's wheels
Felt-tipped pens in various colours
Craft glue and / or double-sided sticky-tape
2 bottle tops for the buggy's lights
4 paddle-pop sticks (to connect the buggy and cart, and for the flag poles
Small pieces of bright-coloured paper for the flags
Glitter glue, glitter, cut-outs, stickers, tinsel and ribbons (optional)
When you've sourced two boxes that you think the Easter Bunny would like, decide which will be the buggy and which will be the trailer. Before you begin, ensure that your bunny fits into his buggy. I generally prefer a slightly taller box for the buggy, and cut it down slightly to provide a more streamlined appearance. This should always be done by an adult as cardboard is quite tough for little fingers to safely cut.
Once you've decided on the colours, the two boxes can now be painted with the acrylic paints. Young children will enjoy this part of the activity.
Using a round template such as a drinking glass, trace eight circles onto the scrap cardboard for the wheels of the buggy and cart.
Cut out the cardboard wheels. This should only be done by adults or responsible older children, using child-friendly scissors.
Paint the wheels. I used black paint, but I'm sure that any colour will look wonderful.
On a piece of white scrap paper, draw a rectangular shape with a criss-cross grid, that will fit onto the front of the buggy. This is the radiator grid. You could also draw a driving wheel for the buggy. When these are complete, cut them out and put them aside.
Using either craft glue or double-sided sticky-tape, attach the wheels to the buggy and cart: four wheels on each.
Draw some doors onto the side of the buggy with the felt-tipped pens.
Using double-sided sticky-tape, attach the two bottle-tops on either side of the buggy's radiator grid, at its front. These are its headlights.
Attach the buggy to the trailer with two of the Paddlepop sticks, using the double-sided sticky-tape.
The last two Paddlepop sticks can be attached to the rear of the buggy (see illustration), with paper flags adhered to them.
The Easter Bunny's Easter egg buggy is now complete. Now all you have to do is to create a cosy little nest in the trailer, and fill it with lots of yummy chocolate Easter eggs.
Optional: If you want a more fancy Easter bunny cart, you can also embellish your creation further with glitter glue, glitter, cut-outs, stickers, tinsel, ribbons or whatever else inspires you.