Kid Easter Baskets: Unique, Homemade, and Creative Ideas
Are you celebrating your child's first Easter? Or is it simply time for a change? This year for Easter, consider making new Easter baskets for your kids. There are numerous craft ideas out there for both boys and girls. Many of these ideas are very versatile and can be personalized and/or customized any way that you like to suit your children's preferences. I have included both sewing and non-sewing tutorials so there is something here for everyone. Allow them to help with the process or simply surprise them on Easter morning with something that you know that they'll love.
As with many of my craft articles, most of these tutorials exclusively use supplies that can be purchased from just about any craft and/or sewing store. Additionally, most of the projects can be completed in one afternoon. Please respect artist copyrights. Unless it is indicated otherwise, all ideas, templates, and printables are for personal use only. If you're interested in selling your creations, contact the artists directly to work out agreements. Thank you and happy creating!
Felt Spring Basket
This tutorial is pitched as more of a decorative spring basket, but there's no reason why this felt basket wouldn't hold up perfectly as an Easter basket, too. Follow the simple directions to create the basket and then customize it any way you like. The little heart/button flower is adorable, but don't feel limited to this. However, if you have a child who does enjoy flowers, consider creating a handful of them to attach to the basket.
Crepe Paper Basket
Obviously, the basket in the tutorial is way too small to be a functional Easter basket for most kids. (I think that they'd feel a little gypped.) But you can take this concept and use it for a larger basket. Unfortunately, the original tutorial is no longer available, but I've linked another crepe paper basket tutorial.
Terra Cotta “Easter Baskets”
You know how much I love scrapbook paper! You only need a few sheets of it to create a beautiful Easter basket. If you are planning to use this as a functional basket, I would highly recommend using something more sturdy than paper for the handle, such as wire or pipe cleaners. Of course you can add other embellishment details besides the scrapbook paper, too.
Pipe Cleaner Easter Basket
This is another adorable, tiny idea that you can adapt to make a larger Easter basket that will be functional for filling with all types of treats. The original tutorial link is no longer available, but I highly recommend taking the artist's advice and reinforcing it with more glue as you go. She used a glue gun, but just about any type of all-purpose craft glue, such as Tacky glue, will also work well.
Fabric Bunny Basket
How adorable is this little bunny? All of the details are great with the hand stitched face, flopping ears, polka dot bow, and pom pom tail. For those of you looking for a little more involved sewing project, this one is for you. I also love how the original basket that inspired the artist had the child's name stitched on one of the ears.
Easter Egg Basket Printable
The printable makes this little paper Easter basket very easy. I would recommend reinforcing it if you're planning to have your kids use it for more than one year. You can also take this concept and create a more sturdy basket with a similar design. I love the tissue paper strips that the artist used to stuff her basket.
Fabric Easter Baskets
Here are a couple more great sewing tutorials with lots of photos and written instructions. These baskets should be plenty sturdy for a number of years of use. In the first photo, the lace edging and fraying bow add a whimsical touch, but of course you can customize this any way that you like.
Ruffled Easter Basket
For those of you who have girly girls that love ruffles on their skirts and dresses, this a perfect choice. Look for wicker baskets while thrifting, at dollar stores, or at craft stores on clearance after holidays. The artist purchased her ruffle fabric right here, but you may be able to find it elsewhere, too.
Get some slipcover tips from YouTube.
Easter Basket Gift Ideas
Modern Parents Messy Kids put together some great posts with creative play Easter gift ideas for kids of a wide variety of ages. If you're looking for ideas that go beyond candy and purchased toys, check this out. There is certainly nothing wrong with including those gift options in your baskets, but consider adding one or two of these ideas to mix it up a little. I've included a great post from Just a Girl Blog with additional Easter basket suggestions, too.
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