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I'm Leah--wife, mother, editor, writer, photographer, and rickrack apologist. There's craftiness in my DNA, but between the kids and my work and the house and the television and my blogs (http://www.agirlandaboy and, among others), I have to keep my projects quick and easy if I hope to finish them before my boys (born December 2008 and July 2012) graduate from college. You're a working mom and you're busy too, but if you still want to get your craft on, join me here for some fun projects!

10 DIY Easter Baskets

Categories: activity, diy, upcycle

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Let’s start with a disclaimer: As the parent of two small children, I’m all about using the same cheap, store-bought Easter baskets year after year so I can concentrate my efforts in other directions, e.g. filling them with moderately good stuff (books! stickers! bubbles! temporary tattoos!) (oh, and candy).

That said, I do love a sweet little homemade basket, in part because they remind me of my own childhood, and come on, that’s one of the reasons we love holidays so much, isn’t it? Because of the nostalgia factor?

Here are ten great DIY Easter baskets that your kids will love to remember when they’re parents themselves.

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1. Coiled fabric basket on Moda Bake Shop, by V and Co. My mom made these for me and my brother when we were kids and I always loved that it was one-of-a-kind and designed just for me.


2. Flowered baskets from Martha Stewart. I’m always a little annoyed when I find out a brilliant craft is from Martha Stewart because, dang, Martha, stop bogarting all the good ideas. Here she shows us that fake flowers or leaves can turn a store-basket into something wonderful with a little time and a hot glue gun.

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3. Grocery bag basket by Lia Griffith. I love this. LOVE IT. It’s free, it’s modern, it’s neutral, it’s something to do while you’re watching brainless t.v. Even if you don’t need to make an Easter basket *raises hand*, this is a good project to bookmark for a million other occasions.


4. This bunny basket is made out of three paper plates. (Original source is dubious, but here are instructions from Jellyfish Jelly.)

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5. String basket from Got Chikin? I remember making one of these in second grade. Super fun, and another technique to tuck in your back pocket for other occasions.

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6. Papier mache baskets on I Heart Naptime by Krisha of Jacks & Kate. Good old [goopy, sticky] papier mache.

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7. Mini favor baskets from At Home on the Bay. These would be great to put on guests’ plates for an Easter brunch.

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8. Upcycled fruit baskets from Random Thoughts of a Supermom. Quick and easy and darling.

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9. Chalkboard buckets from Running with Glitter. Because it wouldn’t be a proper craft round-up without some chalkboard paint.

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10. Sisal spiral baskets from Marthaaaaaaaa (buy the template here).


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