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Adorable Homemade Easter Baskets You Can DIY in a Snap

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These tutorials for handcrafted Easter baskets are so much better than store-bought

3. Soda bottle Easter basket

These tutorials for handcrafted Easter baskets are so much better than store-bought
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Soda comes in clear, green and even yellow 2-liter plastic bottles. They're not very recyclable, so why not find another use for them? This project involves some cutting and hot glue, so adult supervision is recommended.

What you'll need:

  • 2-liter plastic bottle
  • utility knife
  • one long pipe cleaner
  • hot glue gun
  • scissors
  • craft foam, ribbons and beads

What you'll do:

  1. With the utility knife, cut the bottle in half (or to whatever depth you desire) and add two slits opposite each other where you will affix the handles.
  2. Insert each end of the pipe cleaner into one of the slits (from the outside in), bend them up and secure them with glue.
  3. Use ribbon to cover and decorate the top edge of the basket (and hide any uneven cutting). Add a smaller piece of the ribbon to the pipe cleaner as a bow.
  4. Decorate the basket with craft foam (you can find peel-and-stick Easter shapes in craft stores), beads or other embellishments.
  5. Fill with Easter grass and you have a cute basket that's perfect for little treats and tiny hands.

These inexpensive baskets are great for parties, too. Make some in advance and fill them with tiny, tasty treats. Better yet, let your little guests make their own.

More: 10 Easter Gift Ideas That Aren't Bunnies, Chicks, Ducks or Candy

4. Milk jug Easter bunny basket

These tutorials for handcrafted Easter baskets are so much better than store-bought

This craft has been popular among school kids for decades. Maybe the one you made is still in your parents' attic! And as a bonus, you're recycling an empty container.

What you'll need:

  • 1-gallon milk jug
  • scissors
  • white cotton balls
  • glue
  • pink felt
  • black pipe cleaners cut in half
  • large wiggly eyes or black buttons for eyes

What you'll do:

  1. Cut the top of the jug off to create the opening at the top of the basket.
  2. Glue cotton balls all over the outside of the jug.
  3. Cut long bunny ears out of pink felt and glue cotton balls around the edges of the felt. Adhere the ears onto the jug.
  4. Cut out and glue on an upside-down triangle (or circle) made of pink felt for the nose.
  5. Add three pipe cleaners to each side of the nose for whiskers.
  6. Glue on wiggly eyes (or black buttons).
  7. Add Easter grass and treats!
  8. Kids can carry the basket by using the jug handle.
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