This Easter basket is tucked with wooden toys, treats, and hidden treasures.
gnome Easter basket
Credit: Janelle Jones

Easter basket dreams come true with this mushroom-brimming abode, which is perchance the most charming home for gnomes we've ever crafted. This year for Easter, surprise the kids with a new kind of basket—one that's filled with toys, treats, and miniature treasures. The sturdy woven basket ($5.99, comes with lots of diminutive-sized accessories: A wooden wheelbarrow, a watering can, and a spade. A few more treasures are hidden inside of the basket, like a wooden painted flowerpot that's brimming with jellybean candies in flavors like cantaloupe, berry blue, and lemon-lime. Atop the handle, a birdhouse dangling from nylon thread swings in the breeze.

A white chocolate lamb on a lollipop is wearing its Sunday best: A green ribbon bow. If that isn't enough sweetness, plant a gnome's candy-laden garden vegetables, like corn, beets, cabbages, and, the holiday must-have: Bundled carrots. Look closely, and you'll find another surprise within: Baby graham cracker bunnies ($3.69, hopping about. Lastly, look for an earth-conscious way to fill the Easter basket. We love this natural "grass" that is crafted from shredded wood chips.

gnome Easter eggs
Credit: Janelle Jones

And who is tending this play-pretend container garden? A family of gnomes, of course. They're easy to decorate and gift as handmade toys. These wooden flat-bottomed eggs were painted in fresh spring colors, then each outfitted with felt cone hats. You can secure their hats with permanent glue or leave them loose-fitting for a speedy wardrobe change—which is fun for the kids as they can play with the eggs by mixing and matching colors.

Credit: Kate Mathis

What's inside those bundled crepe-paper carrots they might ask? They're a seasonal twist on the crepe-paper surprise ball. As the kids unwind the paper, they'll find the trinkets-jewelry, a novelty charm, a toy. It's simple to grow a basketful and customize them for kids of any age. Display them uprooted in the basket or tuck them half-hidden (as if they're still growing) in the grass. Loosely wrap the orange streamer to form carrot shape, tucking gifts as you work, then add a leafy green streamer tuft to the top with green crepe paper, securing with hot glue. Kids will have fun unpacking these to find gifts on Sunday morning.


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