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Project

Classic Child's Easter Basket

Create an Easter basket your child will treasure long after the edible treats inside are gone.

Introduction

For more celebratory basket ideas, check out some of our other projects: Tea Party Basket, Spa in a Basket, Gardener's Gift Basket, Miniature Gardens Basket, and Decorated Berry Baskets.

Materials

  • Straw basket
  • White latex primer
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush (unless using spray paint)
  • Narrow ribbons
  • Hot-glue gun or floral wire

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Paint the basket a color of your choice, but if you are using a brown basket, first spray or brush on white latex primer. When using spray paint, work in a well-ventilated space.

  2. Step 2

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    Make bows from narrow ribbons, and place them around the basket's edge with a hot-glue gun or with small pieces of floral wire. The basket can serve as a decorative container year-round, so consider using ribbons that will match your child's room.

  3. Step 3

    Be sure to include some non-edible goodies, such as crayons, colored pencils, small books, and a stuffed animal.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, April 2000

Reviews (15)

  • MACLARK2236 9 Nov, 2012

    My daughter received this gift basket for Easter, . She loved it! I will send one to her cousin this year too! So easy!

  • MACLARK2236 9 Nov, 2012

    My daughter received this gift basket for Easter, http://www.grenvillestation.com/gift/easter-gift-baskets-kelly-008700.php . She loved it! I will send one to her cousin this year too! So easy!

  • MACLARK2236 9 Nov, 2012

    My daughter received this gift basket for Easter, http://www.grenvillestation.com/gift/easter-gift-baskets-kelly-008700.php . She loved it! I will send one to her cousin this year too! So easy!

  • Martha Honig 18 May, 2012

    What a cute idea. Easter just past but I think we can make this for my niece's birthday, I think it would make a great gift basket for a girl, minus the eggs of course.

  • theorygiftbaskets 19 Feb, 2011

    Looks fun and clean- I don't know how much time I have to sit and glue on bows but good idea for those that can. http://theorygiftbaskets.com

  • emmy1 23 Mar, 2008

    very nice
    i like it

  • Love_rain1986 23 Mar, 2008

    nice. and mostly it's pink in colour.

  • Lizzy123 23 Mar, 2008

    Very cute

  • MommyTheMuse 22 Mar, 2008

    ditto.

  • PreciousIittleOnes 22 Mar, 2008

    very awsome idea I'll try to ths for some one's birthday thanks Martha and Rita :)

  • terripo 22 Mar, 2008

    Little late to include how to make a Child's Easter Basket

  • mangiarone 10 Mar, 2008

    Tea Party Treats-

    I love this idea for a Wedding or Baby Shower! Possibly thinking about planting a small flower plant or bulb in it as a favor to be transplanted later. Maybe cover the dirt with moss. And add other little themed trinkets or wrapped candies. Like a little cloth diapered pom pom chick for a baby shower or a foil wrapped chocolate heart for a wedding shower. Now all I need is a shower to make these favors for...

  • salsababe 5 Mar, 2008

    I haven't made this yet--but this is what I'll have my kids make for their teacher, crossing guard, after school teachers, and school nurse. Love this idea! My kids are going to have so much fun doing this project! Thanks so much.
    -Rita.

  • EnglishYankee 21 Feb, 2008

    This is the perfect solution for my childrens Easter baskets! I am having a difficult time keeping some of our American tradtions alive since moving to England. Just trying to find willow baskets with a handle is proving challenging! I have even checked online shopping sites for countries around us with no luck. I am very curious what started the American Easter basket tradtion.

  • ceililly 21 Feb, 2008

    When I was growing up in the forties on May first we celebrated Spring or "May Day" by leaving a small basket or vase of flowers secretly on a neighbors front porch. Also on that day we were allowed to start going barefoot outside for the summer.
    Remember the May Pole dance with all the pastel ribbons? We would also be dress in the same color as our ribbons and dance around the May Pole braiding the ribbons on to the pole. WHAT FUN. Cecilia