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With Easter right around the corner, you might be wondering what the Easter bunny is going to bring this year.

Yes, you can purchase a ready-made Easter basket off the shelf, but it’s not very personal, not to mention that it’s more expensive.

Creating an Easter basket for a child helps to make the holiday special and allows you to tailor the gift for his or her interests.

Consider the following simple tips to make a special Easter basket this year:

  • First, you’ll need to decide what kind of container you want to use. You don’t need to use the Easter themed baskets that you’ll find at the store in the Easter holiday aisle. Generally those baskets are marked up for the holidays. Why not purchase an inexpensive basket at the dollar store or a crafts store? You can dress it up with brightly colored ribbons or stickers. Or think outside of the box and use a round container that you have sitting around the house. Cover a coffee can or formula can with some Easter-themed craft paper, attach a handle made out of posterboard or woven pipe cleaners (make sure to use hot glue so it doesn’t come off), and you’re ready to go.
  • Next, you’ll need to fill the bottom of the basket to give the goodies something to rest on. A lot of people use that fake green Easter grass, but it’s inadvisable if you have very young children or animals in the house, and it’s a mess to clean up later. Consider using other materials like Easter paper or colored cellophane if it’s going to be a problem.
  • Now, you get to fill the basket. More than likely, you’ll want some candy, and rather than letting it rattle around loose, it’s better to put the smaller pieces into plastic Easter eggs. To minimize the risk of them popping open mid-transit, tape them shut or put an Easter sticker on them to hold them closed. But don’t just stop at candy. Add some stickers, beads, collectible cards, pencils, books, puzzles, or a disposable camera.
  • You can leave the basket open, or if you plan to travel, it’s not a bad idea to wrap it in cellophane. The easiest way to do this is to cut a large square piece of cellophane and place the basket in the middle. Pull up the four ends and tie the cellophane with a piece of ribbon. You can decorate the cellophane with stickers and glitter to make it more attractive.
  • Voila! You have a handmade Easter basket.

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