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How to DIY an Easter Basket So Cool Your Kids Won’t Believe You Made It

Haven’t you heard? Easter baskets are a thing now, people! Gone are the sweet, small baskets of yore. I, for one, am hate-obsessed with the ridiculous, over-the-top, I’m-using-a-toddler-swimming-pool-as-an-Easter-basket kind of atrocious Easter basket posts on Instagram and Pinterest (what else is one supposed to be obsessed with while social distancing anyway?). Still, to those elaborate Eastering parents, we say: We get it. You want to give your kids the best, the most, but maybe let’s reel it in a little, shall we? Sometimes simpler is better, and with these DIY Easter baskets, kids are more likely to appreciate the time and effort that went into the basket, instead of just paying attention to what goodies are inside.

Sure, store-bought baskets are quick and easy, but you can’t go to the store anyway! Plus, they’re all too often cheap quality and get chucked before Easter is even over. These DIY options below, however, look amazing and are well-made, so you can reuse them year after year. Make these the trophies for your epic Easter egg hunt, or just hand them to your kiddos after a cute Easter breakfast. Either way, they’re sure to be loved and appreciated for years to come.

Bead and pin basket

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Image: DesignSponge.

This bead and pin basket looks meticulous and time-consuming, but it’s actually really easy and only requires three materials: safety pins, cheap craft store beads, and wire. That’s it. Bead and pin baskets were popular in the 1950s and ’60s, and we love the vintage look and feel this basket brings to Easter. Use pastel beads of different shapes and sizes (the more variety the better) for a classic Easter look, or customize with your kiddos’ favorite colors and shapes. Head on over to DesignSponge for the full tutorial.

Jute and leather basket


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Image: The Merrythought.

If you’re looking for something a little less flowery and a little more rustic (or if your teenage son refuses to touch anything pastel), this is the basket for you. The geniuses at The Merrythought have once again struck gold with this versatile and minimalist Easter basket you can repurpose after the holiday for year-round use. The materials are sparse: just jute, a crochet hook, a strip of leather, and snaps. So it’s really the ideal basket to bust out if you need to make an impression last-minute. Balking at the thought of crocheting? Not to worry. The Merrythought’s instructions for this basket are super straightforward and easy to understand. Hey, you might just start crocheting on the regular.

More ideas ahead on page 2.

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