Felt Easter Bunny Bags
These oh-so-cute Easter bunny bags are perfect for storing eggs and candy. To make each bag, stretch an 8-1/2x11-inch sheet of 100% wool felt so the length is 12 inches. Cut 3 inches from one long side, then cut this strip in half for two ears. Fold the remaining piece of felt in half with the fold on the bottom. Make light marks 3/4-inch from the side edges and across the top, excluding the folded bottom, and along the short ends of the ears. Work a pencil through the marks to create holes; thread ribbon through the holes to sew the sides. Sew the ears onto each side of the bag, leaving the middle of the bag between the ears open.
Hot-glue white felt circles and black pom-poms for the eyes. Add a pink felt triangle and two white pom-poms for the nose.
Coiled Fabric Easter Baskets
All you need for these pretty Easter baskets is cord, fabric strips, and glue. Fill them with spring treats for a sweet Easter present. To make one basket, you'll need about 3/4 yards of colored print fabric (cut into 16x1-1/2-inch wide strips), 4 yards of cotton piping cord, and a hot-glue gun and glue sticks or needle and thread.
Hot-glue the first fabric strip to one end of the cord, and wrap it around the cord at an angle. Do this until the cord is covered entirely. Coil the cord tightly around itself, hot-gluing or sewing as you go, until you have 2-inch spiral. Contine the spiral until the you've reached your desired base size.
Stack the next round atop the base, gluing or sewing as you go, until your basket is the desired height. Add tiny handles fashioned from leftover fabric strips.
Colorful Button Easter Basket
Refresh a basic wooden Easter basket with a bag full of colorful buttons. No need to be exact -- hot-glue buttons in all shapes, sizes, and colors onto your basket for a truly unique look. Tie a pretty pink ribbon to the handle for holiday-ready presentation.
Flowery Rainboots Easter Basket
Spring-pattern rainboots serve as a neat hiding place for sweet Easter treats. Start with a layer of Easter grass tucked in the bottom of each boot. Add plastic eggs, candy, and other small items until you've reached the top, then tuck in more faux grass for a pretty Easter display.
Pretty Paper Easter Basket
This adorable Easter basket comes together with a bit of scrapbook paper and ribbon. First, download our pattern (available below); cut out. Fold the pieces on the dotted lines as indicated, and punch out each circle on the sides. Adhere each side to the back and front pieces, and fold up. Thread ribbon through each hole to hold the basket together, then attach the handle pieces. Fill with plastic eggs for a fun and simple Easter basket.
Easter Bonnet Basket
Improvise a pretty Easter basket using a simple straw hat. Fill it with softly colored eggs, either real or artificial. Hollowed-out eggs can be stuffed with paper ribbons that include spring wishes, egg-hunting clues, or even names for place cards.
Fabric-Wrapped Easter Tins
For a more playful, colorful look, turn a tin planter into an Easter basket. Determine how much fabric you'll need by wrapping a test strip around a tin pail. Allow extra fabric on all edges to fold under, and plan for holes for the pail's handle. Trim your chosen fabric. Apply decoupage medium to the pail and then place fabric on top. Smooth out any air bubbles. Finish with a second coat of decoupage medium.
Recycled Easter Nest
This recycled Easter nest can serve as a decoration or as a fresh alternative to Easter baskets. To create a paper nest, shred long sheets of paper and staple each end together. Add a length of florist's wire, hold one end of the strips in each hand, and twist and wrap it into a nest. Clip a few strands with scissors for a loosely woven look.
-- Recycle colorful tissue paper or holiday wrapping scraps to make Easter basket filling.
-- Use a shredder for quick springtime basket decor.
Large Easter Tub
We have the free label, below, to complete this large-size basket in a pinch. If you're giving a handful of toys or simply want a long-lasting Easter basket, a colorful tub works great. Write the Easter boy or girl's name on our label (or write what goodies the tub is filled with) and tie to the handle with matching ribbon.
Nontraditional Easter Basket
Why get locked into true baskets for Easter, when travel-size bags work just as well? The kids will love snacks or travel games loaded inside see-through zippered bags. Bonus: We have the free labels (shown in the photo), available below.
Editor's Tip: Our large labels are designed to print on Avery 1x2-5/8-inch folder adhesive labels (#8160), and our small labels are made for Avery 2x4 mailing labels (#5163), both available at office supply stores.
Easter Treat Basket
This dainty pink basket makes a perfect nest for painted eggs, jelly beans, or chocolates. Just print out the pattern, cut, and assemble.
Editor's Tip: Use markers to add names to baskets for fun Easter place cards.
Flowery Easter Basket
Embellish a reusable basket with foam flowers (available at crafts stores) and lengths of pastel ribbon to look like a blooming display. This Easter basket is perfect for gifting books or sports equipment because it's sturdy and large.
Tin Easter Basket
Let a colorful metal tin do the hard work as this year's Easter basket. Tin containers with handles are the traditional choice, but the pretty options without handles work just as well for holding candy and other Easter treats. Simply make your own magnets to attach to the tin: We used file-drawer labels and printed letters backed with magnetic strips. Personalize the tin with a pretty paper flower attached to the lid.