These school holidays, if you're stuck on how you're going to keep the little ones entertained (especially if you're isolating), we've got you covered with this creative task.
Thanks to our friends at WA Loves Nature, follow our simple instructions on how to make an Easter Bilby out of recycled materials. Click here to fill in your details and upload a photo to go into the draw to win 1 of 3 Bilby Chocolates from the Margaret River Chocolate factory.
How to make an Easter Bilby out of recycled materials
What you will need:
• Egg carton
• Toilet paper roll
• Paper for the ears
• Paint – acrylic works best
• Craft glue
• Black marker pen or googly eyes (optional)
How to make it:
- Cut out the egg carton piece you want to use for the head and paint it grey with a pink tip for the nose. Once dry, add eyes with a black marker pen or stick on googly eyes.
- Flatten the toilet paper roll and draw the outline of the body. Cut along the lines and paint with greys and whites. Once dry, fold the pointy bit down to place the head on.
- Cut out ears from paper and a tail from the egg carton. Paint the tail black with a white tip and glue onto the body. Glue the ears onto the head.
- Once dry you can use your bilby as an egg basket by placing an Easter egg on the back.
Bunnies are cute but they can be very destructive to the Australian bush and compete with many native animals for food. Bilbies are native to Australia and just like bunnies they have large ears, hop and burrow underground which makes them the perfect Easter mascot for Australia. Unfortunately, bilbies are listed as a threatened species and numbers are in decline due to loss of habitat, predation and competition for food.
You can help conservation efforts by buying chocolate bilbies this Easter from:
- Myer and Target who sell Pink Lady chocolate bilbies that donate 30 cents from every chocolate sold to the Save the Bilby Fund
- Woolworths, Big W and Darrell Lea sell Darrell Lea chocolate bilbies that donate 20 cents to the Save the Bilby Fund
- Margaret River Chocolate Factory make chocolate bilbies and quokkas with donations from sales from the large quokka chocolates made to the Rottnest Foundation
- The Easter Bilby sell organic and vegan chocolate bilbies online and donate 10% of net profits to the Save the Bilby Fund www.easterbilby.org.au
- Haig’s donate to the Rabbit Free Australia Foundation from sales of their chocolate bilbies and can be purchased online
Conditions apply - competition ends 25th April 2022. Decision on winners is final. Prize is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for cash in part or full.