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Homemade Easter Baskets

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Homemade Easter baskets are great for gift giving or a fun activity you can share with your children. This is a guide about homemade Easter baskets.


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By 1 found this helpful
March 25, 2011

I love to recycle and find myself staring at items I use on a constant basis, thinking, "What can I create with this?" Not only does it save space in the land fills, I don't have to empty the garbage as often! One of my most used items is Kleenex and I came up with this idea for my grandson on Easter.

Approximate Time: 1-2 hours approx.



  1. Cut off top of Kleenex box and cover with tape. This will make project more substantial and last a longer time.

  2. Use the box for a template and cut out all four sides from felt, allowing a slight overlap on all pieces and cut even to box at bottom. Remember, you want extra at sides and top.

  3. Cover one side at a time with glue. Then, cover with felt pieces. Bring corners together and hand stitch to make seams. Do not glue felt overlaps at top sides yet.

  4. Cut square from cardboard box for base and glue to bottom of box on the outside.

  5. To make the strap, cut a strip from posterboard and two strips of felt to cover, allowing extra on all sides. Glue handle between felt and hand stitch all sides. Poke a hole on each side of box and both ends of handle and use paper fasteners to attach. Lay a piece of tape over fastener prongs on inside.

  6. Glue down top flaps of felt on all four sides.

  7. I used dried split peas for my game, but any dried bean or rice will work.

  8. Cut out square from discarded box that will fit inside basket at bottom. Pour a level amount of beans in and glue down square of cardboard over. This will keep box upright for game.

  9. Cut rabbit face from cardboard box. I used an xacto knife so cardboard would not bend during cutting.

  10. Paint face pink, giving two coats, if needed. I covered mine with a coat of jigsaw puzzle saver so the paint would endure kid's usage. It also gives it a nice shine.

  11. Cut ears from foam and draw lines with black marker.

  12. Glue or stitch paws, carrot, and feet on. I did both. It's quite easy to stitch through the box.

  13. Glue on cheeks and lay whiskers on top. Glue nose on top of whiskers. Make cheek spots with marker. Glue on eyes and felt flower, if desired.

  14. Glue face inside box.

  15. Handle is movable by using paper fasteners and can be pushed down while playing game.

  16. Cut egg shapes from felt using different colors for each set for each player. I made mine for two players, making 3 eggs for each. I cut numbers from felt and stitched one on each egg so they can keep score.

  17. Stitch eggs closed, leaving small area open. Fill with beans and finish stitching closed.

How to Play

Kids take turns trying to toss the eggs into the bunny basket. Make up your own rules for the scoring system.

Note: You can omit the eggs and just make the basket. Fill with goodies for a great Easter gift!

By Mary from Palm Coast, FL

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April 4, 20091 found this helpful

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March 31, 2010

A child would be thrilled to have their own gathering basket or it could be used as a centerpiece after filling with colored eggs and surrounding with Easter grass.

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January 19, 20171 found this helpful

Make this sweet wooly lamb Easter basket with simple to find supplies; some you may already have at home. This is a guide about cotton ball lamb Easter basket.

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By 1 found this helpful
April 11, 2011

These are Easter baskets recycled from a dinner out at Kentucky Fried Chicken and from empty containers of products I use on a daily basis.

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March 28, 2011

For a quick, easy, and cheap Easter basket, rinse and clean an empty liter soda bottle, cut a 1 inch "ring" at the top of the body of the bottle (after the spout), and cut in half. Trim the rest of the body of the bottle to the height of the "basket" you'd like.

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March 24, 2009

Recycle cans to make these charming little baskets. I used a large vegetable can, soup can, and tuna can. Embellish with ribbon, buttons, stickers, etc. These are great for Easter or May Day!

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March 24, 2006

Here's an easy and cheap Easter basket that the kids can make.

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April 8, 2009

I have four children and Easter baskets can get messy, expensive, and just full of junk, so every year I give them everything they will need (and ask for anyway ) for a fun summer. The basket is always a big sand pail.

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September 27, 2006

Buy small brown paper bags and paint them with vegetable oil until the paper is translucent. Turn them upside down to drain out any excess oil. Pour tempered chocolate inside the bag and turn and tip the bag until all sides are covered.

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March 22, 20030 found this helpful

Make your own Easter baskets. Use baskets from around the house or reuse strawberry baskets. You can use fresh grass from outside as basket filler!

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December 5, 20161 found this helpful

Using your choice of cardstock and embellishments, you can make up several of these pretty paper baskets for Easter. This is a guide about making a paper Easter treat basket.

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April 5, 2009

Transform a small metal pail into a bunny to hold Easter treats. These are a snap to make and they make cute little Easter gifts.

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April 1, 2009

Create beautiful holiday theme basket fabric garters to embellish baskets with strips of fabric and elastic. Add them on as embellishments to basket handles or rims. Here I have embellished this little basket's outer edge with a very pretty Easter print fabric in 3-inch wide strips.

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March 8, 20190 found this helpful

Wooden craft sticks, tongue depressors, or Popsicle sticks can be used to make these sturdy baskets. It's a great project to do with kids for the Easter Bunny. This is a guide about making a craft stick Easter basket.

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January 18, 20170 found this helpful

Using a balloon as the mold, you can make cute Easter baskets from string or yarn. This is a guide about use a balloon to make an Easter basket.

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January 10, 20170 found this helpful

Save your formula cans for neat craft projects like this cute Easter bunny. This is a guide about making a formula can easter bunny.

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December 7, 20160 found this helpful

A coffee can makes a perfect last minute Easter Basket for children. This is a guide about making a plastic coffee can Easter basket.

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January 20, 20131 found this helpful

I am looking for directions on how to make an Easter basket like one I received as a child in the 60s. (something similar to the attached photo of a pinkytoast basket) My mother made it out of a bleach bottle and it had a hole cut in the front or back. The "fur" was made from colored plastic attached to the bottle with pipe cleaners. It was fluffed up like a pom-pom. I got a pink bunny and my brother got a yellow duck. I would like to make some for my grandchildren. Any ideas?

By Cindy S


March 29, 20130 found this helpful

Supplies: Hot glue gun and glue sticks, Bleach bottle or any strong plastic bottle, Styrofoam ball (large), Bunny ear headband, Doll face or rabbit face (very hard to find I am using my originals from the 60s), Pipe cleaners cut into 1 inch pieces, a few rolls of cellophane wrapping paper cut into 2X3 inch squares, 1 inch pompoms, 3 inch pompom for tail, accessories to decorate with flowers, birds etc.

Directions: first cut the hole in the bottle where you want the opening, then Hot glue the Styrofoam ball firmly to the top pressing down. Glue on headband, glue on face, Take each square of cellophane and fold it like a bowtie then take a pipe cleaner and twist it in the middle of cellophane.

After you have your cellophane pieces ready begin gluing them into the Styrofoam head or you can use the pompoms for the head, Then glue the cellophane pieces directly to the bottle. After all cellophane is glued in place you can take scissors and trim cellophane to look nice. I hope this helps.

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March 14, 20080 found this helpful

I have small children and much of the stuff to put in the Easter baskets is candy or are not really suited to little ones. I'd like to include healthy snacks rather than candy. Does anyone have suggestions for a safe and healthy Easter basket?

- Tamara


March 28, 20020 found this helpful

Fresh fruit is colorful, fun and healthy. So is dried fruit and nuts. You can bake healthy easter miniature-sized muffins, cookies and granola bars. There are tons of inexpensive treats and toys at the local dollar store.

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March 29, 20020 found this helpful

Chex, goldfish crackers, Cheerios, all flavors graham goldfish crackers, teddy grahams, raisins, stickers
- Shawn

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March 29, 20020 found this helpful

Other dried fruit
Fresh fruit
Bread sticks or crackers and dip
Carrot sticks and peanut butter
Home made cookies or muffins: Use half the sugar and replace half the fat with either applesauce or mashed banana.

Ants on a log: celery stick stuffed with peanut butter, and studded with raisins
finger sandwiches

Coupons for healthy homemade meal of choice: Give the child a short list of choices, mother-approved things he or she seems to enjoy.

Non-edibles that encourage learning and exploration: Puzzles, art supplies, books, games, music toys, jump rope, jacks, origami kit, kite, etc.
- Rose B.

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By KC (Guest Post)
April 30, 20040 found this helpful

My son loves those "diet" tortilla chips (yes, its my fault) with home-made salsa. I share custody of him with his father and Easter is one of his holiday's, but we have used tortilla chips and salsa for Santa instead of milk and cookies. He also thinks it's cool to get the same snack from Santa in his stocking. I get some "cheap" double compartment containers and put chips in one side and salsa in the other. Decorate the tops with permanent markers and wrap in plastic. (my son is four and hasn't figured it out yet!!) plus after the holidays, I have more storage containers!

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February 6, 20150 found this helpful

Has anyone found where you can buy the faces for the old fashioned Clorox bottle bunnies?

By Debbie B

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By 0 found this helpful
March 2, 2010

I am looking for ideas for Easter hats for boys and girls and baskets.

By kerine wattley from Trinidad and Tobago

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