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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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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.

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Instructions:

  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.
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  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.
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  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.
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  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.
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  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

This quick treat bag is easy enough for grade schoolers. Use it for your Sunday School Class and talk about the symbolism of the Easter Lily. Or, wouldn't Grandma love this filled with marshmallow peeps and jelly beans from her favorite little Easter bunnies?

Approximate Time: 10 minutes

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*I found a big box of white lunch bags at a warehouse store for about $11. They are very handy for all kinds of craft projects, in addition to lunch!

Instructions:

Add name or phrase such as "He is risen!" along bottom of bag with foam letters or a gold pen.

Cut top of lunch bag as shown. Cuts should be about 2 1/2 inches long.

Fill bag with Easter grass and treats as desired.

Carefully gather the top of the bag, just under the cuts, arranging the petals neatly. If some petals seem too wide, just cut down the middle.

Tie bag with dark green ribbon in a bow. A coordinating ribbon may also be added.

Color center of lily in with yellow pen, adding 2 or 3 yellow streaks to each petal.

When marker is dry, curl ends of petals by wrapping around a pencil.

Add stickers such as a butterfly to one petal, if desired.

By Cindy from Waynesburg, PA

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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.

Approximate Time: 1 hour

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Instructions:

Plug in your glue gun; it will be a few minutes before you are using it. Your flannel is to cushion the eggs in case your little one should drop them into their basket. You could use any fabric you want. You can use a container larger at the top than bottom, but is much easier to cover a straight one.

If your container is not straight up and down; lay your plastic container on your newspaper and trace its shape. Roll your container (keeping the angle bending if the container angles) ending at the point where you started. If your container is straight up and down, you just have to measure its height and distance around. Cut out this pattern and try it on your container to be sure it fits.

Add one half inch on the top and bottom and one end and cut it out of your flannel. Repeat with your spring fabric, adding the one half inch all the way around. Trace the bottom of your container onto your stiff cardboard, cutting just inside the line on both.

Trace this cardboard pattern onto your flannel and your spring fabric. Cut out, leaving a 1/2 inch border and use your tacky glue to assemble one cardboard template on each of your fabrics. Glue one cardboard to the wrong side of each of your fabric pieces with tacky glue.

Take your long flannel piece and lay it inside your container as a liner with the wrong side to the container. With your hot glue, put a line about 2 inches long along the bottom edge where the two ends overlap. Secure one end only then work your way around the bottom of the container, overlapping the ends when you get back around. Now for the top, you have your choice here; leave the extra fabric to hang on to while gluing the top down and trim afterwards or trim it now. I trimmed mine later just to be sure I had it cut right.

Go to the top directly above your starting point and, with your tacky glue, repeat gluing around just under the top lip of your container. Let your tacky glue dry while gluing your flannel/cardboard piece inside your container with hot glue.

Your glue should be dry enough to finish your inside lining. If you didn't trim the extra now is the time.

In the second photo, you will notice I started gluing my outer fabric from the bottom and you can see my glue ready for my turned under edge. You can do this or working from the top down, fold one quarter inch in to the wrong side all down the length of one long side, finger press it down. Lay your container on its side. Starting at one end or where you want the sides of your basket, use your tacky glue and glue this folded edge on the inside of your basket, over the top of your container covering the raw edge of your flannel lining. Continue until you reach the starting point, fold the end under and glue it down.

Let this dry while you make your handle. I braided mine out of the same spring fabric, poked holes through my fabric and container, ran the braid through and tied a knot in the ends. You could use a container with a handle and skip this step. Make your handle now, but do not attach it yet.

Back to the outer covering of your basket, bring your fabric down over your container. Make sure your pattern was correct and your fabric will meet covering all of your container. If for some reason it isn't, now is the time to fudge by gluing a scrap on your container where the two don't meet. No one will know when you are done and your little one won't care.

Glue the fabric over the bottom of your container with hot glue or tacky glue and secure your spring-covered cardboard over your raw edges of the bottom with hot glue. Attach your handle and your Easter Egg Gathering Basket is ready for that excited little one. You could let them decorate the outside, maybe cut out the letters of their name and glue them on.

By Ann from Loup City, NE

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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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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 2, 20100 found this helpful

Simple wooden craft with many decor possibilities. For anyone and all ages, but it offers a more masculine Easter basket for a boy. Later, it can be used as a tool box or garden crate to get the most out of your time spent crafting.

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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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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

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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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Anonymous
February 7, 20160 found this helpful

I had one as well and have made them too....if you go to Amazon and search "vintage craft bunny faces" it should come up....I plan to make these for Spring craft show....

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February 7, 20160 found this helpful

I had one as well and have made them too....if you go to Amazon and search "vintage craft bunny faces" it should come up....I plan to make these for Spring craft show....

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Anonymous
February 13, 20160 found this helpful

I was looking for these instructions for ever. How much cellophane do it take to make these

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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

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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

Raisins
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 guest client (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!
KC

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March 11, 20050 found this helpful

I have found they love getting books, erasers, stuffed animals and figurines. My older daughters still have all the figurines they got in their Easter basket.

By Jane Squires

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By guest (Guest Post)
March 16, 20050 found this helpful

The baby food section has many toddler snacks available. I buy the gummy bears, crackers, puff wheat, cookies and juices to give to my two year old. He loves them and they do not have as much sugar or salt as other foods.

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April 5, 20070 found this helpful

I find that EnviroKids organic crispy rice bars are a great source of low sugar and low sodium and also glutin free snack. Also the Fiber One bars in peanut butter or chocolate chip have a very high fiber content and yet sweet enough to please the picky eaters.

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January 16, 20080 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!
KC

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March 14, 20080 found this helpful

My 10 year old DD is getting a movie and a Webkin this year plus a few candy snacks
The 16 year old is getting a Pilates video , weights and an exercise band plus some candy snacks
I've included gift certificates, toys, movies, hand held travel games, beauty items, socks, etc in baskets from years past. Give what the child needs and likes-not just candy

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March 14, 20080 found this helpful

my grandsons are 1 and 18 months. I bought the 100 calorie snack packs that had cheese its, and 2 different cookies in it. also bought snack size baggies and filled them with cheerios and cheese curls

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March 14, 20080 found this helpful

Being a "Heath Food Hippie" when my kids were young, I wouldn't let them near any candy. Here's some tips for healthy Easter Baskets: Small boxes of Raisins, several Small apples, String Cheese, Frozen yogurt sticks, Movie coupons, Power bars (nutritional bars that taste like a candy bar), graham cracker bears, Homemade cookies & muffins. Natural Licorice. Sesame/Honey bar snacks & of course there's always hard-boiled Easter Eggs! You can also buy candy that's made for diabetics, (without sugar) it's in it's own section at the super market, just ask.

* I'd usually go to Trader Joe's, or a Health Food Store & buy some yummy stuff for them. Health Food Stores have all kinds of "good for you" candy, bars & gum.

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March 19, 20080 found this helpful

Don't forget bubble bath and bath toys too.

Also look for Sundrops at your health food store, they're "healthy" m&m's!

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June 18, 20080 found this helpful

I was a health food hippie too. I bought the fillable eggs & put trinkets inside & hid the eggs. I put coins in some of the eggs, sugar free bubblegum, small toys, erasers, etc. I also liked to include a book or 2 in the basket.

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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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March 2, 2010

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

By Kerine from Trinidad and Tobago

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April 27, 2009

I designed this Easter Basket for my 1 year old granddaughter. I drew a bunny on both sides by hand, with beads for eggs under him. Then I put a pom pom tail on the end. I spelled her name out on the handle, with more egg beads.

By craftmomo from San marcos

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