Dye-ing to try something new this Easter?
How about making your own Easter basket instead of purchasing pre-made baskets?
With a few clever tips and not many supplies, your basket can be made from things you already have at home.
Join me for some quick, easy, and “cheap” crafts that will make your Easter “eggs-tra” special.
Are you hosting Easter dinner this Sunday? Do you want to have something cute and special for your guests but not break the bank to do so?
Here is a sweet and easy craft -- so simple that my kindergarten students would make them each spring.
You will need 1 ½ sheets of 12 x 12 cardstock.
Follow the pictures to fold your origami bunny:
When finished, your rabbit will have a small pocket in which to place candy, a dyed Easter egg, or a special note to your guest. You may need to add a rock or something heavy to the bottom of the bunny’s pocket so your bunny will stand on its own.
I love these little rabbits all lined up in a row on a fireplace with each person’s name on the bunny’s carrot. It is such a simple and inexpensive way to show that you love some “bunny!”
After doing a little Easter candy shopping, I was shocked at the prices of Easter baskets. It made me think about items I had at home and how they would make “dandy” candy baskets. As I was getting ready to toss the empty cereal container into the recycle bin, I thought to myself … this would make an “egg-cellent’ basket.
I snipped the box as shown and covered it with patterned paper.
It is super cute, and as the baby chick says, “Cheap, cheap, cheap.” For that special teenage girl, this basket idea would make such a cute purse. Cover the cereal box to look like a purse and fill the small basket with a teen magazine, lip gloss, a CD, and some favorite candy. I always feel like I can spend a little more on the goods I put in the basket when I don’t have $5.00 to $20.00 invested in the basket itself.
I like having a little something special for my guests on Easter. Use planting containers to create little table top treats. These are the containers that you find in the garden section and in which you grow seeds.
They are super “in-egg-spensive” and can be made so festive. Cut four sections apart and leave them in their natural color or place some favorite pattern paper on them. Add a wire handle, and a scrap of fabric. Fill the basket with real dyed eggs or candy treats. Just for fun, tie a seed packet to the handle to remind them that spring is on its way.
-This cool idea is brought to you from the talented Kelly Keller. She created both of the crafts shown and the woven basket below.
How about weaving your own basket? Follow this Spotted Canary tutorial for step by step directions.
If you are out of time this Easter season but still need a few inexpensive basket ideas, how about these frugal tips?
- Lunch box from the Dollar Store -- Decorate with felt bunnies or stitch the person’s name on it. Fill a water bottle with jellybeans.
- School box -- Place new crayons, markers, and colored pencils along with a chocolate bunny.
- Wicker baskets -- My thrift store sells them for a quarter. They are hidden in a large bin in the back of the store. You may have to ask for them. We use the baskets year after year. It becomes a tradition. Spruce up the thrift store baskets with new bows and/or a few sprigs of silk flowers.
- A pillowcase is great for those community egg hunts. Make it a craft project with the kids. Use fabric markers or crayons to create lasting memories. I sometimes pull out my Hotfix tool and bling it up with some crystals.
- A flower pot filled with seed packets, new garden gloves, and a spade. You could even put a pretty pansy seedling in it with all the supplies for planting. A great gift for the grandmas who don’t want anything.
- Sewing basket. Shhhh -- Don’t tell my twelve year old, but she is getting a sewing basket for Easter filled with beginning sewing supplies, like a tape measure, thread, small scissors, and of course a ripper.
- Sand pails are usually $1 at the Dollar Store. They are perfect for filling with candy. I like that they can be reused for the beach or even to carry plastic dinosaurs to the doctor’s office waiting room.
- For college kids home for break, fill a grocery sack with favorite foods like Macaroni and Cheese, Peanut Butter and Jelly, and the extra large bag of Doritos.
Whether you make your own basket this Easter or craft up some cute containers, I hope your Easter is full of joy and fun with people you love!
Happy Spring everyone!
~Miss Nifty Thrifty (Studio Pink)