How to Make an Easter Basket for Kids

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Making an Easter basket can be a fun activity to do with kids. Here are some ideas on how to make the best kid’s Easter basket yet.

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Here is how to make an amazing Easter basket that your kids will love.

Making an Easter basket is a fun activity to do with kids who are toddlers or older. Small children can help to choose what to put in the basket, while older children may jump right in to help assemble them.

An Easter basket also makes a great gift. It’s fun to surprise family and friends with a giant Easter basket on Easter morning.

Making your own Easter egg basket allows you to personalize the basket by adding candies, snacks, and other treats that you know the gift recipient will enjoy.

Great ideas include stuffing a basket with your favorite candy and snacks, stuffed animals, books, games, puzzles, and toys.

Other fun Easter activities include dyeing Easter eggs, baking Easter cookies, and having an Easter egg hunt. This post will focus on making an Easter basket your kids will love.

In This Post – How to Make a Kid’s Easter Basket

The Basics

An Easter basket is a traditional gift basket that is filled with goodies and typically given to children on Easter Sunday. The basket is often packed with chocolate eggs, candies, cute trinkets, and sometimes even surprises or cash. Easter baskets themselves are often decorated with pastel colors and cheerful designs, like flowers, chicks, or bunny patterns.

Items That Are Commonly Used to Make Easter Baskets

Here are some types of items that are commonly used to make an Easter basket.

  • Baskets
  • Decorative Grass
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Games and Toys
  • Books
  • Easter Eggs
  • Easter Candy
  • Snacks

There are an endless amount of ways to make an Easter basket, and your imagination is the limit. The best thing about making your own Easter basket is that you can customize the basket for the person you are giving it to.

Always assist young children and those who need help when it comes to handling the Easter basket that you make for them. Make sure that toys and other items that are included in the basket are age appropriate or otherwise appropriate for the child that you will give the Easter basket to.

Once Easter rolls around, you’ll be excited to share your masterpiece with family and friends.

Baskets

Choose a good quality Easter basket. Check to make sure the construction of the basket is sturdy, so that it will hold the items that you want to use to fill the basket up.

Common materials that baskets are made of include sea grass, rattan, water hyacinth, and wood. Baskets made to look like these materials, but composed of softer fabric, can also be used to make an Easter basket.

Decorative baskets made of fabric are a favorite to use for making Easter baskets. Some baskets come with bunny ears and other fun details.

Once Easter has come and gone, baskets can be re-purposed to use for storage. Depending on the size of the basket and the materials used to make it, baskets can be used to hold blankets, towels, clothes, books, toys, games, and other items.

Decorative Grass

Decorative grass or filler is often used to fill out the basket, making it easier to hold items in place. Easter grass also helps to hold items up higher in the basket, making them easier to see.

Ideas for Easter basket filler include colorful shredded paper and shredded tissue or raffia. The paper can also be used to stuff gift boxes or gift bags.

Recyclable paper can be added to the recycle bin once the holiday is done.

Another idea is to use a soft item, like a blanket or a towel. Fold it up and place it in the bottom of a large basket to add volume.

Stuffed Animals & Plush Toys

Choose a stuffed animal or plush toy that your child will love to put in the basket. A stuffed bunny is a classic choice, but other fun options include stuffed dinosaurs or characters from their favorite books.

If your kids have outgrown stuffed animals, then you could include a “plush” item in the basket by adding a rolled up throw blanket.

Games and Toys

Add a few games and toys that your kids will enjoy, depending on their age and interests.

Books

A book makes a great gift to include in a child’s Easter basket. Here are some popular children’s books with Easter related themes.

Activity books are also a fun and popular basket stuffer to use for making homemade Easter baskets for kids.

Easter Eggs

Making dyed Easter eggs is one of the most popular things to do during the Easter holiday each spring.

You can also fill reusable plastic Easter eggs with candy and other treats to add to the basket.

Easter Candy

Popular types of Easter candy and sweets include:

  • Candy Coated Chocolates
  • Candy Coated Pretzels
  • Chocolate Covered Pretzels
  • Chocolate Easter Bunnies
  • Chocolate Easter Eggs
  • Chocolate Mini Eggs Candy
  • Chocolate Peppermint Patties
  • Cotton Candy
  • Easter Egg Malted Candies
  • Easter Tulips
  • Ganache Filled Chocolates
  • Gummy Bears
  • Gummy Worms
  • Jelly Beans
  • Lollipops
  • Marshmallow Peeps
  • Marshmallows

Snacks

Older kids may enjoy having their favorite snacks placed in their Easter baskets. Here are some ideas for snacks to include in an Easter basket.

Individually wrapped foods make it easier to stuff the baskets.

  • Mini Apples—Make sure to remove apple stems, cores, and seeds before serving apples to children.
  • Satsuma Oranges—Remove orange skins, seeds, and piths before serving oranges to children.
  • Cheese Crackers
  • Chewy Granola Bars
  • Chips
  • Fruit Leathers
  • Marshmallow Treats
  • Popcorn
  • Snack Cheese
  • Squeeze Packs

Easter Basket Trends in 2023

Easter baskets are a classic tradition used to celebrate Easter. While the basics tend to stay the same from year to year, you may notice some Easter basket trends that become popular each year.

Here is a round up of things that we noticed while doing our research to come up with the best Easter baskets to make and give away this year.

1—Easter Basket Liners

Easter basket liners are popular to use for lining and personalizing baskets. Gingham basket liners are a trend of their own.

2—Easter Bunny Baskets

Cute Easter bunny baskets are trending, especially cloth baskets with details like bunny ears and pom poms.

3—Gingham Fabric

Gingham fabric deserves it’s own category. It has become such a popular print recently, appearing on everything from dresses to Easter basket liners. Try gingham for a trendy Easter basket that is also very cute and can be used for other things.

4—Pom Poms

Pom pom baskets are also trendy for Easter. The pom pons add a fun and creative look to the basket. For a unique style, use a hot glue gun to glue fuzzy pom pons onto an Easter basket. Or purchase a pom pom basket that can be used for storage once the Easter holiday passes.

5—Sweets

Cookies and candy coated pretzels are making a splash this year. They can also be useful for filling up space in a basket. To help keep things neat, wrap cookies, pretzels, and other small treats in food grade bags before adding them to your basket.

How to Make an Easter Basket

Now that you have some ideas about the basics that go into making an Easter basket, it’s time to put it all together.

Materials Needed

  • Basket
  • Decorative Easter Grass or Crinkle Cut Paper
  • Easter Candy
  • Easter Eggs
  • Snacks
  • Books
  • Games and Toys
  • Cellophane Paper
  • Bow or Ribbon
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Glue Sticks

Instructions

  1. Choose a basket to use for holding Easter grass, eggs, candy, and gift items.
  2. Choose the items that you want to place inside the Easter basket. This may include items like Easter eggs, candy, games, toys, books, etc. Make sure the basket is large enough to hold the items. If not, then remove some items or choose a larger basket.
  3. Fill the basket with decorative Easter grass or crinkle cut paper. Larger baskets may be filled with a folded towel or blanket to help take up space.
  4. Place the largest items in the basket first, placing them toward the back of the basket. Use Easter grass or crinkle cut paper to hold the items in place.
  5. Next, add smaller items as filler around the larger items. Add Easter grass or crinkle cut paper to the basket as needed to nestle in the items. Vary the heights of the gifts, so that the items stand out.
  6. Finish the basket by tying a bow on the handle, or wrapping the basket in cellophane paper and tying it with a bow. Other ideas include using a hot glue gun to decorate the basket with faux flowers or pom poms.

Tips

  • Store the Easter basket in a cool place to help prevent chocolate and other candies from melting.
  • Use caution when handling a hot glue gun and glue sticks to decorate an Easter basket or other Easter decor.

Remember to always assist young children and those who need help when it comes to handling the Easter basket and it’s contents. Make sure that toys and other items that are included with the basket are age appropriate or otherwise appropriate for the child that you will give the Easter basket to.

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