22 Unconventional Easter Basket Ideas

Skip the traditional basket this Easter, and make one of these clever ideas that are perfect for all ages.

By: Abigail Barnes

Photo By: Abigail Barnes

Photo By: Abigail Barnes

Photo By: Abigail Barnes

Photo By: Abigail Barnes

Photo By: Abigail Barnes

Photo By: Abigail Barnes

Photo By: Abigail Barnes

Photo By: Abigail Barnes

Photo By: Abigail Barnes

Photo By: Abigail Barnes

Photo By: Abigail Barnes

Photo By: Abigail Barnes

Photo By: Abigail Barnes

Photo By: Abigail Barnes

Photo By: Abigail Barnes

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Photo By: Abigail Barnes

Photo By: Abigail Barnes

Photo By: Abigail Barnes

Photo By: Abigail Barnes

Photo By: Abigail Barnes

Edible Terrarium

Make an Easter version of a terrarium. Fill Mason jars with a layer of chocolate rocks, followed by edible grass, candy eggs and marshmallow bunnies. Tie with ribbon and attach gift tags so guests can enjoy them at home.

Takeout Boxes With Fortune Cookies

This takeout box idea is perfect for tweens and teens. Find spring-colored boxes from your local supply store and cover in round stickers to create polka dots. For unexpected and delicious treats, dip one side of the fortune cookies in colorful chocolate melts and let dry. Place them in the boxes and hand out to friends.

Jute-Wrapped Bucket

Bring a natural, earthy feel to your Easter celebration with a jute-wrapped basket. Wrap jute or twine, starting from the bottom of a galvanized bucket, and go up along the side and around to the bottom again to create a handle. Continue wrapping the sides of the bucket, occasionally hot gluing to the sides. Continue until entire bucket is wrapped in jute and handles are secure. Fill the bucket with green grass filler and egg-shaped candy.

Chalkboard Terra Cotta Pot

If you aren't into sweets, make a garden lover's basket instead. Apply chalkboard paint to a terra cotta pot. Once dry, rub with chalk, lightly coating entire pot to cure the paint. Wipe off excess and write or draw Easter messages with chalk or a chalkboard pen. Fill with gardening goodies.

Hanging Paper Flower Basket

Make a three-dimensional basket this year with paper flowers. Create flower shapes from our free printable patterns, and hot glue them to an old vase or metal can. Get the full instructions here>>

Duct Tape

Make a funky Easter basket using our free printable basket pattern and decorative duct tape. Get the full instructions here>>

Feathered Chick Easter Bucket

This adorable chick bucket only requires a few inexpensive craft materials. Add a feathered tail and head tuft to give your chick more personality. Get the full instructions here>>

Edible Rice Cereal Bowl

Make an edible Easter basket by stashing treats in a rice cereal bowl. Make rice cereal treats according to the package, adding colorful sprinkles if desired. Press the warm treats against the inside of bowls covered in wax paper. Let cool, and remove once hardened. Fill the bowls with edible grass and marshmallow bunnies and chicks.

Adult Easter Box

Make the ultimate adult Easter basket with fun gifts inside. Spray paint an old wooden crate in your desired color. Let dry, and attach a cute pennant banner to the front. To make the banner, cut triangles from black cardstock or scrapbook paper, and write a letter on each triangle using a chalkboard pen. Glue the pennants to a strand of baker's twine, and tie or glue the twine ends to the crate. Fill the box with gifts like wine, glasses and chocolate to give to friends and neighbors.

Muffin Tin Wheatgrass Basket

Bring the outdoors in with this wheatgrass muffin tin. Follow the instructions on the wheatgrass package. Soak seeds for at least 8-12 hours or overnight. Sprout them in a jar for the next 16-24 hours, rinsing the seed well three times daily. Fill muffin tin cups with basic potting soil and plant the seed on top of the soil once a short tail is visible. Cover the seeds to keep them wet. During the first three days, water the muffin tin carefully once in the morning until soil is soaked and cover to keep it from drying out.

By the fourth day, roots should begin to grow. Water heavily once a day and keep the grass in the shade. Once there's enough wheatgrass, fill the muffin tin with candy eggs, ribbon and marshmallow lollipops. Harvest wheatgrass, and add it to juice or a smoothie once Easter Sunday is has passed.

Glittered Fruit Box

Transform a berry box from the grocery store into sparkly decor. Apply all-in-one glue to the top edges of each box, and sprinkle glitter on top. Shake the box to remove excess glitter, and let dry. Place the glittered boxes in a cluster as a centerpiece, or attach a ribbon handle to make a cute basket.

Stenciled Tote Bag

Hand out totes with personalized stencil patterns as creative Easter egg hunt baskets that double as party favors that guests can use all year long. Get the full instructions here>>

Gold Colander

Skip the pastels, and add some sparkle to your Easter celebration. Spray paint an old colander in metallic gold, and fill it with gold grass filler and candy.

Printable Basket

Let the kids make their own basket by printing our free basket pattern and folding it into a cute basket. Print it out here>>

Brass Watering Can

A brass antique watering can makes an eye-catching Easter basket alternative. Tie a length of one-inch wide grosgrain ribbon to the handle and the spout for an easy way to carry it. You can even hide it in the garden as part of an Easter egg hunt.

Felt Mister and Miss Baskets

Make a special basket for him and her with felt. Attach a tie or bow to the front of the baskets, or use our free printable tie and bow patterns. Get the full instructions here>>

Crispy Wafer Basket

You can fill this all-edible basket with your favorite Easter candies and place in a bigger Easter basket for an unexpected surprise. Get the instructions here>>

Rustic Wire Basket

For a rustic-inspired basket, rip strips of Easter-themed fabric and weave it through a wire basket you can get at an antique shop. Fill with grass filler and brown hard-boiled eggs for a rustic look.

Paper Straw Vase

Make this bright, seasonal basket using only paper straws, a vase and hot glue. Glue the straws on a vase, metal can or other container until completely covered. Attach ribbon as a handle or fill with spring flowers to create a budget-friendly Easter centerpiece.

Woven Paper Map

Make a woven basket using paper maps. This gender-neutral idea will be popular with kids of all ages. Get the full instructions here>>

Decoupaged Hat Box

Decoupage a hat box for a fun, quirky container to hold treats in. Rip small sections from pages of an old book. Apply adhesive onto a hat box, place the torn pages on top of the wet adhesive and apply more adhesive over the pieces until the box is completely covered. Tie a bow from ribbon for extra embellishment.

Printable Candy Carrier

Carry your treats easily with our portable jar carrier. Assemble the carrier following the instructions on our free printable pattern, and adorn it with stickers, bows, glitter or anything else you love. Fill two milk bottles with your favorite small treats.

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