Easy Easter Animal Baskets for Kids to Create

Kids can recycle old snack containers to make these cute Easter animal baskets for gifts or party favors.

Help your kids learn to recycle by having them re-use the snack containers from their snacks to make petite Easter baskets. This is an easy, quick Easter project that can be made from simple household items and basic craft supplies.


  • Cotton balls
  • Tacky glue
  • Pom-poms
  • Google eyes
  • Felt or paper
  • Chenille stem
  • Ziploc bag
  • Food coloring
  • Candle
  • Needle, pick or other sharp-ended metal tool
  • Snack containers (such as the containers that applesauce, fruit cocktail, yogurt, pudding, etc. com in)


  1. Heat the needle over the candle flame and use it to pierce holes in opposite sides of the snack container (this should be done by an adult).
  2. Turn the container upside down and have the children begin gluing the cotton balls to the container. Make sure they do not cover the bottom of the container, just the sides.
  3. Flip the container over when they’ve got it mostly covered and have them finishing gluing cotton balls to the sides. If the container has a rim around the top, have the children glue cotton balls onto the rim too.
  4. Let the glue dry.
  5. Select appropriately colored pom-poms for the animal’s heads.
  6. Create ears from construction paper or felt.
  7. Glue google eyes on one side of the pom-pom and glue ears on the opposite.
  8. Glue the head of the animal onto the basket.
  9. Run a chenille stem through the hole to create a handle for your basket.

Instructions for Dying Cotton Balls

  1. To dye cotton balls, place them in a Ziploc bag add a teaspoon or two of water and your choice of food coloring. Zip the bag and squash the cotton balls around until they absorb the dye. Lay the cotton balls on paper towels to dry (they will air dry faster if you can put the paper towel on a rack so the air circulates all around them).
  2. You can also shorten the dry time by placing the cotton balls in the microwave for short amounts of time. However, it is important to be careful as the cotton balls can catch fire.

Ideas and Suggestions

  • If you would like to make a basket that resembles a non-fluffy animal, glue felt around the outside of the container instead of cotton balls.
  • Make a collection of baskets to use as party favors at Easter. Put a small basket full of wrapped chocolate candy at each place around the Easter table.
  • To save cotton balls and make them easier for the children to manage, cut the cotton balls into quarters before gluing them.
  • Use recycled cotton. Save the cotton that is packed with medicine for kid’s crafts.

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