As far as Easter baskets are concerned, it's what's on the inside that counts a.k.a. chocolate eggs, jelly beans and basket stuffers galore. And while it may be hard to compete with all the treats and toys tucked inside, these DIY Easter basket ideas will steal the show — moments before the Easter Bunny's treasures have a chance to.
Most of these homemade baskets are decked to the nines with cheery signs of spring: bright flowers, bird's eggs, cute bunnies and a range of pastel hues. Make one that's tailored to your loved one's current age and interests, whether they're a unicorn-obsessed toddler or a too-cool-for-anything teen. But if you really want to get the most bang for your buck, pick a more classic design, so your kid can use their basket all the way through adulthood.
As you browse through this list, you'll come across a range of Easter craft ideas for every budget and skill level. If you want to build a basket from nothing, weave your own paper basket with strips of colored paper. Or if you're looking to breathe new life into an old woven basket, adorn it with pompom trim, faux flowers or other eye-catching embellishments. Remember: No Easter basket is complete until it's loaded with goodies, so be sure to fill your handmade creation with these kid-approved gifts and sugary-sweet candies before Sunday, April 17, comes around.
Brighten up a woven basket by painting its base in a vibrant hue and adding a pompom trim in a similar shade.
If you've got a few peepers on your hands, then keep all of their Easter treats and toys under wraps in this fabric-covered box. Make it look like a bunny by separating the fabric ears and gluing on a pompom tail.
Liven up a plain bamboo basket with faux butterflies, sunshine-y blooms and other signs of the season.
Bunnies, lambs and ducks are a match made for Easter. Drill a hole in each craft wood piece, cover them with dry erase paint and write down everybody's name. When the day's done, wipe 'em clean and start anew!
Lean into the spirit of the season by painting an old egg carton with craft paint and filling with holiday treats. Add mini muffin liners and Easter grass inside each egg slot, so loose jelly beans and chocolate eggs stay put.
If you're short on storage space, go with something that you can fold up or recycle as soon as the holiday wraps. Cut paper bags to make bunny-ear shapes, then draw on a bunny face with a black marker and finish it off with a pom-pom tail. Fill it with all of their chocolates, candies and other holiday treats as you would a normal basket!
Starting completely from scratch? Grab up to three shades of sturdy colored paper and weave a 4" x 4" basket.
Give a basic peck basket a springy upgrade by painting the whole thing in a pretty pastel hue and covering the handle with embroidery floss.
With pipe cleaners, felt and colorful paint, you can turn a basic burlap or canvas bag into a seriously cute bunny. A bonus: Your kid can throw the strap over their shoulder to keep their hands free during the Easter egg hunt!
Taking it one color at a time, weave colorful wool roving through a wire basket. Start with blue at the bottom and work your way up to red to create a rainbow effect.
Reduce, reuse and recycle ... your empty cereal boxes into an eye-catching basket that will definitely get the Easter Bunny's stamp of approval.
Let your kids unleash their creativity by painting their own wooden Easter basket with the colors of the rainbow.
If you have one of these bunny baskets at your house, the Easter Bunny will definitely be tempted to stop by to see his pal and drop off some treats.
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Your job: stocking up on foam letters, stickers and ribbon. Your kid's job: putting together an adorable Easter basket.
The holidays are a magical time for kids, which is why this mystical unicorn basket is fitting for your little bunny.
These mini totes are perfect for babies who aren't quite ready to participate in the family's annual egg hunt.
Looking for an Easter basket idea for teens? This glitzy gold version will make them feel like the grown-up that they claim to be.
Believe it or not, you can actually mail a paper mâché egg through USPS. After you decorate and fill the egg, tape it up and mail it to somebunny you love.
This clever Easter basket is ideal for adults who love home decor (succulents, especially) as much as they love chocolate.
If you're short on space, fill mason jars with Easter candy and top with a cheeky pair of bunny ears.
Upgrade a basic basket by decorating it with silk flowers and colored ribbon.
Say "thank you" to your Easter brunch hostess with a basket full of her favorite things, including wine, chocolate and spa goodies.
These tiny baskets, which are made from plastic cups, also make cute place card holders for Easter brunch or dinner.
Transform a cheap pail into a sweet Easter basket with your choice of craft paint and paper flowers.
Surprise your kids at lunch with these cute paper bag bunnies filled with Easter treats.
Instead of a traditional Easter basket, fill a gigantic plastic egg with Easter goodies — candy, trinkets, fake tattoos and so on — this year.