easter buckets {and the april winner}


Please email me at emily@jonesdesigncompany and I’ll send out your April Giveaway package.

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My babes are getting buckets this year for easter.


I found the galvanized buckets at ikea for $1.99 each and then added a sticker to each to identify whose is whose {or is it who’s is whose? Oh, why is the english language so complicated}.


My mom was always so great about making holidays special : and I’m trying to follow in her footsteps. This is my attempt to put together a fun easter bucket for my kiddos.

easter buckets

In the boys’:

no 3


A home-made bunny, personalized booklet {tutorial to come}, colored pencils and lots of sugar.

boy bucket 1

boy bucket 2

In the little girl’s:

no 4

no 4 again

A girlie version of the bunny, an easter board book, booklet {for all the drawing a one year old does}, some embellished mary janes and a peep.


Suede flowers stitched to Old Navy shoes.


My baby is lucking out this year and getting her own bunny peep.

The bunnies were made using this pattern and were very simple to make.



After making the first one, I altered the pattern a bit. I made the head a bit rounder and elongated the legs. I also embroidered the face before stitching the bunny together {since I couldn’t figure out how to hide the knots once the little guy was sewn shut}.

boy bunny

boy bunny close

While I totally get that Easter is not all about bunnies and jelly beans and peeps, I always enjoy giving my kiddos little gifts : they are pretty sweet!

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coming soon :

the new May giveaway

tutorial & free download for the booklets

an invitation to a local craft fundraiser {where I’m teaching the crafts!}

49 Responses to easter buckets {and the april winner}

  1. jennifer e April 24, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

    SO CUTE!! love the give away, especially the Family Rules!! very hip baskets!!

  2. Kelly April 23, 2011 at 10:08 pm #

    Love the bunnies!! I really need to get myself a sewing machine. I’m on your blog almost every night (that sounds a little creepy, but I really just LOVE your style and am so inspired to create after I read your posts). Thanks for another wonderful idea. Have a blessed Easter with your family :)

  3. Amanda April 22, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    I got three cute little bunnies made for Easter! One for my daughter and one for each of my second cousins! I can’t wait until Easter to give them to them! Thank you for the lovely idea as I am quickly starting to think that homemade gifts are the very best! :-)

  4. Lisa April 22, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    what kind of paper cutter do you recommend?

  5. KK April 20, 2011 at 9:32 am #

    Old Navy should so start making those shoes in Adult sizing. I’d be first in line to buy a pair!

  6. hannahkristine April 19, 2011 at 6:09 pm #

    Love the bucket instead of baskets for easter! And I can’t wait to see the tutorial on the bunnies!

    Check out this ruffle wreath tutorial: http://kellyhicksdesign.com/2011/04/diy-ruffle-wreath/

  7. julie @ jam-n-jilly April 19, 2011 at 5:18 pm #

    i love that sweet bunny! it sounds pretty easy! i wonder if i could whip one up before easter! hmmm??? cant wait to see the tutorials! thanks for sharing! xo

  8. Jen @ Domesticated Nomad April 19, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    I love your labels. I have always used buckets for my boys. I don’t know why, except when I went to look for a basket for my oldest (a boy) all the baskets looked frilly and girly. So I bought an enameled bucket and we’ve stuck with it. I love it and so do my boys. I hope your kids like their beautiful buckets. :)

  9. RSA Now April 19, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    Love the cute little bunnies (Easter is just the cutest holiday!)

  10. Kelly Rand April 19, 2011 at 8:42 am #

    I’m in love with the shoes… I love that you customize store bought products and makethem unique. I also am so excited about the bunny. I am really thankful that you provide where you get your patterns from to help educate all of us that are interested in checking them out. I made a set of burp cloths for my soon-to-arrive nice and can’t wait to send you a picture :)

  11. Kelsey Cafferky April 18, 2011 at 10:13 pm #

    Such great ideas as always! I love the bunnies and the shoes for your girly! Great way to make Easter even more meaningful!

  12. molly April 18, 2011 at 9:05 pm #

    those shoes are adorable & i love the idea of the bucket. actually, everything is just darling! happy easter (early!)

  13. JEN SNYDER April 18, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

    I’m loving your bunnies and your blog-your bucket baskets are fun too!!!

    Jen @areafarehome.blogspot.com

  14. Alima April 18, 2011 at 8:20 pm #

    My mom always made the holidays really special too so I am trying to carry on that same tradition for my son. I’ve been collecting Easter goodies for him for the last month but when I saw these bunnies I knew I had to make one! The best thing about this prject is I already had all the supplies right here so I could start on it right away – I love it when that happens! I almost done. Will finish the face and stuffing tomorrow. Thanks for the idea – love it!!
    P.S. So jealous of the winner. This was my favorite giveaway of yours yet. Can you tell us when the tote came from??

    • Alima April 18, 2011 at 8:21 pm #

      *I’m* almost done – sorry!

  15. Cara April 18, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

    LOVE! wow..

  16. angi April 18, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    love the booklets…looking forward to the tutorial

  17. Allison April 18, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    I made the same bunny for my son’s first Easter basket! I modified the legs too and added a bow tie.

  18. Lori April 18, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

    love it! so creative. i love to make holidays special for my kids… it’s what brings the cherished memories. i would love to make these bunnies… my twins would love them. do you have a pattern or tutorial. i know i could draw it, but have never made a doll or stuffed animal, so it would make the process much easier to know the steps. trial and error can be so frustrating in a time crunch. thanks for sharing your talents!! if you have a pattern you used, or have a tutorial, i would love to buy one.

  19. catherine April 18, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    so adorable.
    i made the sweet flowers with the satin polyester…they are SO cute! thank you so much for sharing.

  20. Katie A. April 18, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

    I love the bunnies, just started making one for my 10 month old since he can’t have candy. Thanks for the GREAT idea!

  21. Kelly April 18, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    Do you sew the bunnies by hand or with a machine? I love them!!

  22. Kelly April 18, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    beyond precious!!! SO inspiring! I have to get on that this week!! :) Glad to see your post before I started!!

  23. pam April 18, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    Such an easy and adorable idea Emily! I wish I had thought of this when my kids were young. Now I am stuck using the baskets they have has since they were little. There would be a mutiny if I tried to change now. These will look even better as they age. Love it!

  24. Jillian Covey April 18, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    Ohh how I love those little bunnies.. I only wish I could make something like that… just got a sewing machine and never sewed anything in my life… I actually may find this difficult… could a beginner like me pull something like this off???

  25. Lacey April 18, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    So cute! Love the buckets.

    Grammar tip: “who’s” is always a contraction (who is, who has…) while “whose” is possessive (so it’s “whose is whose” because there are no contractions in there). The same is true for “it’s” and “its.” You’re welcome for bringing the fun to the comment party!

  26. Elizabeth April 18, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    Very cute!! I was thinking of going in the same direction with my son’s basket…sweet and simple, not full of candy….sadly though I can’t sew so I am out of luck with the super cute bunnies!! {ps: do you have to have a facebook to enter the giveway with the new set up you have, cuz I am one of the 5 people in the world that don’t have a fb. haha!} thanks.
    God Bless!! xo Elizabeth

  27. Nikki Grandy April 18, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    Can I be one of your kids for Easter? Except the shoes need to be about 18 sizes bigger. I love the bunnies though! And I thought the only thing a 1 year old colored on was walls. My kids must have missed that whole “color on paper” stage.

  28. susan April 18, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    darling idea! i keep my kids baskets really simple with just a few sweet treats! susan

  29. {darlene} April 18, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    amazing emily!!! I think you should adopt me :) I want one of your easter baskets!!

  30. Ruth A April 18, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    I just love these little buckets. I still remember my favorite doll growing up was a ballerina that my mom made for me. You have inspired me to get sewing for my own little girl!

  31. Shelley Heck April 18, 2011 at 9:37 am #

    Cutest little easter buckets ever!! Are the little suede flowers a tutorial you have? They don’t look like any I have seen you make! They are adorable and of course I want to make them now. =) Happy Easter!

  32. kari beth April 18, 2011 at 9:21 am #

    your children are going to grow up to be so wonderfully creative. i love those bunnies! might just have to try to whip one up for my daughter! not before easter though :)

    love the idea of clipping a flower on the shoes. elle louise has that exact same pair, but in red, and i was wondering how to “spring/summer” them up some! great idea!! thanks for sharing all your awesomeness!

  33. Cecelia DuPriest April 18, 2011 at 9:02 am #

    My mother always personalized our Easter baskets and I followed in her footsteps with my daughter when she was little. Now, my grandson is a teenager, but my heart is longing to make one of those adorable bunnies…. maybe the Easter bunny will have to visit me!!!!

  34. charis April 18, 2011 at 8:41 am #

    what a fun idea – i especially love the shoes and the homemade bunnies. great job!

    my most recent post: 10 things to remember when reading the book of isaiah

  35. Steph W April 18, 2011 at 8:40 am #

    I love those homemade bunnies…so simple yet so adorable. Your Easter pails are fabulous :)

  36. Lorrie April 18, 2011 at 8:37 am #

    Cute baskets. I love the bunnies in the suiting fabric – very dapper. My kids are grown and I still like putting together Easter baskets for them. Or at least Easter treats.

  37. Stephanie April 18, 2011 at 8:31 am #

    those are the sweetest little baskets! Just sayin.

  38. Genny April 18, 2011 at 7:26 am #

    After reading your blog for a few months now, I have no doubt that your household primarily focuses on the religious events of Easter. We do, too! But it’s also exciting to have the Easter bunny leave some treats … and then head off to church on a chocolate high! :) Happy Easter!

  39. Ashley April 18, 2011 at 6:35 am #

    congrats to the winner! i really wanted to win this one :( oh well. i love the bunnies you made Emily!!! i think i wanna make them for my girls……if only i have the time to do it before Easter! i love how you take something so simple (the little shoes) and turn it into something beautiful! you are so creative, and i wish i was able to take on as many wonderful things as you do!

  40. cailan April 18, 2011 at 6:20 am #

    How wonderful does it feel to have your Easter baskets ready a whole week early?! Those bunnies are perfect cuteness, and I can just imagine the great pictures you will get with your little ones carrying around their little egg pails. So sweet!

  41. Amanda April 18, 2011 at 6:15 am #

    Looove those cute little bunnies! That is a brilliant idea… I think I have some sewing to do today :-)

  42. Janae April 18, 2011 at 5:41 am #

    What sweet Easter baskets!!!

  43. Lynda April 18, 2011 at 5:33 am #

    Very cute baskets! I use some anodized tin baskets I found when my oldest was a baby. One gets the blue tin and the other the green. I have an extra in pink – that didn’t work out so much. It is fun to put the baskets together. Our’s are on the small side as well – and they always get a book or two. The bunnies you made are so adorable! Oh – and the shoes, precious!

  44. Andrea April 18, 2011 at 5:25 am #

    So very cute! Love those sweet little bunnies.

  45. kris April 18, 2011 at 5:23 am #

    I’m dying over those bunnies…!

  46. mary April 18, 2011 at 3:45 am #

    Dear Emily, You are the cutest momma bunny I have ever seen! Love these! Hope your week is hippity hoppity! xox!

  47. Amy April 18, 2011 at 3:42 am #

    Who’s is short for who is.
    Super cute baskets. If I had an ounce of your talent, I could die happy!

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