Recycled Plastic Bottle Easter Bunnies

Today I'm sharing how to recycle small plastic drink bottles into adorable bunnies for Easter treat gifts that are sure to bring smiles to the little ones in your life. If you drink from plastic water or soda bottles, then this is a great idea to reuse them for crafting potential.



They add a special handmade touch to children's Easter gifts and could easily be adapted into any animal for adorable children's gifts year-round. Making them is a great opportunity to turn my guilty soda drinking pleasure into something useful to gift our grandkids this Easter.



Adorable recycled plastic drink bottle Easter bunnies filled with jelly beans treats for Easter gifts - a fun bottle craft idea and DIY Easter craft.

Recycled Plastic Bottle Easter Bunny Craft

It's time for another International Bloggers Club challenge and this month our theme is all-bottled-up. The International Bloggers Club is a group of bloggers from South Africa, Australia, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada who come together on the third Monday of every month to share a DIY project with a common theme.



We are thrilled to have two very talented new members join us this month. Please be sure to give a warm welcome to Kippi Kippi At Home and Marianne Songbird. If you are not familiar with their blogs then you are in for a treat.



Our previous challenge was bodacious books where I upcycled a wooden book box with vintage style. You'll find our talented group's All Bottled Up projects at the bottom of the post. Please be sure to check them out before you go.



Easter bunny treats made from recycled plastic drink bottles.

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Supply List

355ml Plastic Drink Bottles AND Screw Caps
Light Yellow, Diva Pink Tropic Bay Blue, and Turquoise Waters Craft Paint
Small Paintbrush
Assorted Miniature Hats
(5) 375 gram bags Easter Jelly Beans
White and Easter Cardstock
Natural Twine
Single Hole Punch
Cricut Maker Machine
Black and Light Pink Vinyl
Clear Transfer Tape
Hot Glue Gun



Adorable recycled soda bottle bunnies for Easter gift giving.

Instructions For Make Soda Bottle Bunnies

Some of the instructions for making the soda bottle bunnies use a Cricut Maker Machine. However, if you don't have a vinyl cutting machine, I've included alternative suggestions for making them in the steps below.



Cleaning And Prepping Plastic Drink Bottles

Considering we'll be adding edible treats inside the plastic bottles it's imperative that they are cleaned well. Soak the bottles and the screw top lids in warm soapy water with a capful of bleach. Rinse well with fresh water and set the bottles upside down on a towel to dry.



Plastic Bottle Drying Tip

If there is still condensation inside the bottles after drying, push a double strand of paper towel into the opening of the bottle. Leave a little hanging over the edge for easy retrieval and screw the cap back on the bottle. Let them sit until the paper towel absorbs any residual moisture.



How to wash and recycle small plastic drink bottles into an adorable Easter craft.

Once the bottles are completely dry, use Goo Gone and a rag to remove any remaining glue from the labels. Next, wipe the bottles with rubbing alcohol to remove any Goo Gone residue.



Painting Recycled Plastic Bottle Bunnies

Place painter's tape around the top of the bottom rim on each bottle. Paint the bottom of the bottles with several coats of acrylic craft paint in assorted easter colors.



I used acrylic craft paints in the colors Light Yellow, Diva Pink (leftover from my granddaughter's upcycled doll cradle), Tropic Bay Blue, and Turquoise Waters that I had on hand.



Painting small recycled plastic drink bottles for an adorable DIY Easter craft.

Making Plastic Bottle Bunny Faces And Ears

I used my Cricut Maker Machine to make the vinyl bunny faces and ears. If you don't have a vinyl cutting machine I share instructions on how to make easy DIY packing tape decals in my upcycled wooden garden stake post. Scroll down towards the middle of the post to find the instructions.



In Cricut Design Space open a new project and click on the Images tab and type bunny faces in the search bar. The face I used is a Cricut subscriber-only image but I found these free bunny face SVG files when doing a quick Google search.



Resize the bunny face to fit the small plastic bottles 3.834 wide by 3.497 high. Then duplicate the resized image three times for all four bottles.



Recycled plastic bottles craft DIY Easter bunny faces.

Once you've cut and weeded the vinyl, separate the bunny ears from the faces with a paper cutter.



Easter bunny face and ear stickers made with vinyl for Easter bunny craft.

With clear transfer tape, apply the bunny faces to the front of the plastic drink bottles as pictured below.



Recycled bottle bunnies with adorable faces cut on vinyl cutting machine.

For the bunny ears, place the vinyl onto white cardstock. Cut around the ears and leave a band of paper underneath for gluing the ears on later and set them aside.



Vinyl cutting machine bunny ears on white cardstock for a recycled bottle bunny crafts.

Easter Bunny Cotton Tails

Time to add some fluffy round tails to the cute bunnies. Simply glue a white pompom to the back of the bunny bottles with a dab of hot glue.



Recycled plastic bottle craft bunnies with white pom pom cotton tails.

Easter Bunny Bottle Jelly Bean Treats

At the time of making these, the store shelves were stocked with Valentine's and St. Patrick's Day supplies. I happened to be at the dollar store just when the clerk was starting to set up the Easter merchandise.



As he was putting jelly beans on the shelves, I was throwing them in my cart and cleaned him right out. I ended up buying far more than I needed because it only took 4 1/2 375-gram packages of jelly beans to fill all four bottles.



Recycled plastic bottle bunnies filled with colorful jelly bean treats.

Soda Bottle Bunny Hats

With the bottles filled with jelly beans, screw the clean caps back on and now we'll give the Easter bunnies some hats! I had a few miniature hats leftover from the summer hat wreath that I made, a perfect size for the small plastic bottle bunnies.



We struck gold when we found a bag of hats at our local Goodwill store. Alternatively, I found these miniature straw hats on Amazon and I've also seen them in the crafting aisle at the dollar store and Michaels. Simply attach the miniature hats to the plastic bottle caps with a hot glue gun.



Small plastic bottle bunnies with assorted miniature hats.

Adding Easter Bunny Ears

Run a bead of hot glue to the bottom band on the front of the cardstock bunny ears and attach them to the back of each hat.



Easter bunny bottle craft with hats and white cardstock bunny ears.

Bottle Bunny Gift Tags

This step is completely optional but I made cute gift tags to hang on each soda bottle Easter bunny. Again I used my Cricut Maker both to cut the cardstock tags AND the sentiment for each. Alternatively, I found these Easter tag printables you could print on cardstock and trim with a paper cutter.



Just like the bunny faces, I clicked the image tab in Cricut Design Space and found the subscriber-only phrase for my tags. I resized them to fit the smaller yellow gift tags to 1.562 wide by 1.861 high and duplicated it for all four bottles.



DIY gift tag templates for recycled bottle Easter bunny treats.

The smaller yellow tags are sized to 1.702 wide by 2.569 high and the larger tags in four colors are sized to 1.931 wide by 2.917 high. I used a light grip mat and a fine point blade to cut the cardstock and it worked just fine.



With clear transfer tape, I added the gift tag sentiment to the yellow cardstock tags and then glued the yellow tags onto the larger cardstock tags with a glue stick.



DIY cardstock gift tags for recycled bottle bunny craft for Easter gifts.

Last but not least, use a single hole punch to make a hole at the top of each gift tag. Fold a 36-inch long strand of natural twine or Easter ribbon in half and slip it through the hole from the front and then through the loop to attach the tag to the twine.



Wrap the twine around the neck of the bottle two or three times and tie a small bow. I unraveled the ends of the twine to loosely resemble wavy fur.



Adorable pink plastic soda bottle bunny Easter craft DIY.

I'm not going to lie, I struggled long and hard to come up with an idea for our All Bottled Up challenge but I must say I'm thrilled with how these cute plastic soda bottle bunnies turned out.



Adorable light yellow plastic soda bottle bunny Easter craft DIY.

I can't wait to give them to our four grandchildren at Easter. Two of our grandkids are infants so I will switch out the jelly beans for baby puff snacks instead.



Adorable turquoise blue plastic soda bottle bunny Easter craft DIY.

Thanks for stopping by the Interior Frugalista today! I hope you were inspired by this recycled plastic soda bottle bunny craft idea. For more handmade ideas for Easter visit my DIY Easter Ideas page.



Adorable light green plastic soda bottle bunny Easter craft DIY.

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I invite you to click on the links below to visit our talented group members' all bottled-up projects. If you don't have time today, you can bookmark the page by clicking the pink heart icon on the right to come back later.


All Bottled Up Challenge by the talented members of the International Bloggers Club.

Glass Bottle Lights With Gold Accents | A Crafty Mix
DIY Air Plant Holder | Birdz Of A Feather
How To Add Texture To Mixed Media Art | Unique Creations By Anita
Wine Bottle Bird Feeder | Kippi At Home
Upcycled DIY Tiki Torch | Songbird
Recycled Plastic Bottle Easter Bunnies | Interior Frugalista (that's me)



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  1. The struggle is real, but the your Easter bunny project is amazing Marie! It's the most adorable Easter treat and I'm sure the grandkids will go crazy for these!

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    1. Thank you Sara, I'm looking forward to seeing their faces when I give them their bunnies.

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  2. Oh my goodness these are so adorable! I think this would be a perfect craft for me to do with the grandbabies!

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  3. Amazing bottle transformation! These adorable bunnies make me happy and I know whoever receives one will adore it too.
    Happy Spring,
    Kippi
    Ps. I am sharing this on my FB page.

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    1. Thank you Kippi, I can't wait to see my grandkid's faces when they get their bunnies. Happy Spring back to you, although here we are knee deep in snow with freezing cold temperatures. Thanks for sharing on your FB page, much appreciated. xo

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  4. I'm going to have to develop a soda drinking habit really quickly because these little guys are too adorable, Marie. Those ears and hats give them so much personality and then there's those tummies full of yumminess too. Super idea for the little ones this Easter.

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    1. Don't develop my nasty soda drinking habit Michelle, do what I should be doing and drinking bottled water instead. LOL As much as I struggled coming up with an idea for our challenge this month, I'm so pleased with these bunnies and can't wait to see the grandkids faces when they get their bunny treats. Now the problem is what to do with all those extra jelly beans before they land in my tummy!

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  5. Marie these are just adorable. It is so hard to come up with something original for Easter that has not been done a million times. But you did it! Your grandkids are going to love them. And those little hats are just the cutest. I will be buying some of them for my steampunk projects for share.

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    1. It sure was Anita, I'm glad you like the idea I finally came up with. Yes, you MUST get some miniature hats for your amazing steampunk creations!!!

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  6. Oh my gosh Marie, these are SO CUTE!! I thought the bottoms had been dipped in some sort of plastic when I first saw them, I was like how did she do that?! lol!

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    1. LOL, thanks Tania! Actually I had thought about dipping the bottoms of the bottles in paint but didn't have enough of one color. The trick was multiple coats to get the look.

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  7. Marie, these are so, so cute. My first thought was the bottom of the bottles, and their shape. Are they different in Canada?? But after reading I realized you did a great paint job. Really, even adults would love this for Easter!

    Hugs,
    Rachelle

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    1. Thank you so much Rachelle! I never thought about that but I think you're right, they could be cute Easter gifts for adults too.

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  8. You're so creative Marie, truly! I adore these little guys and I'm sure the kids will too!

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    1. Awe, thank you so much Kim! It was tough coming up with something creative for this challenge until I decided to make something for the grandkids.

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  9. Marie, these are just adorable! Such a great and fun way to reuse plastic bottles!

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    1. I'm glad you like them Maya! They were a lot of fun to make and I can't wait to see the expression on my grandkids faces when they see them.

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  10. I think you should copyright these Marie... because these need to be in stores nationwide! Your Easter bunny treat bottles are so professionally beautiful and so dang FUN!

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    1. You are making me blush, Donna. Thank you so much both for your sweet comment and the feature! xo

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  11. Thank you for sharing with us! I'll be featuring you this week when the next To Grandma's house we go party starts :)

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    1. I'm thrilled to hear the bunnies will be featured, Tarahlynn, thank you so much! xo

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  12. Marie,
    Wow, these are too cute for words. Congratulations, you are being featured on Thursday Favorite Things. I hope you stop by. https://www.eclecticredbarn.com/2022/03/thursday-favorite-things-party.html
    Hugs,
    Bev

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    1. You're the best Bev, thank you so much for the feature! xo

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  13. Your bottle bunnies are absolutely amazing Marie! So so adorable!!!

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    1. Thank you very much, Tuula! I can't wait to give them to my grandkids.

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  14. Oh how sweet, Marie! I love the whimsy and especially the fact that you're upcycling too. Fun!

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    1. Thank you Larissa, they were such fun to make and I can't wait to see the expressions on my grandkids faces when they see them.

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