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15 Fun Easter Basket Ideas The Whole Family Will Love

Make Easter extra-special by skipping the pre-made basket and creating your own easy, unique, and personalized Easter treats.

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Easter baskets are one of the most fun parts of Easter. And yet, that doesn’t mean having the same kind of basket every year can’t ever get old. So why not spice things up a bit with some colorful ideas this Easter? Your entire family will absolutely love these fun Easter ideas. Check out these 9 myths and legends about Easter traditions.

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Craft carton

The Crafting Chicks offer an ingenious way to recycle egg cartons in with some clever Easter basket ideas. Pour candies straight into carton cups (opened plastic eggs contain smaller sweets) and close the lid. Kids will love opening it up to find their surprise. Get the whole family in on the fun with these 19 Easter crafts for kids.

What You’ll Need: Plastic eggs

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Sweet treats

Do like Nest of Posies and fill a mason jar with chocolate eggs, or small toys and candy. Add some fun trim and enjoy.

What You’ll Need: Mason jar, chocolate eggs

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Fun in the sun

Get ready for summer beach days with larger-than-life Easter basket ideas like this one from Down Home Inspiration. Create the base of the basket out of a folded towel and use the noodle as a handle. Fill with goggles, bathing suits, and fun water toys.

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Power pair

Turn your Easter baskets into your favorite Disney characters this year. This Fairy Tale Life created adorable Minnie and Mickey baskets with ears and everything! Now that you have the perfect Easter basket ideas for everyone in the family, add to the fun with these 18 entertaining Easter games for kids.

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Great outdoors

Celebrate spring with this garden-themed Easter basket idea from Design Mom, who painted an old wine crate and filled it with seeds, small plants, mini tools, and a few simple toys. Take the kids outdoors with their new baskets, and get planting.

What You’ll Need: Wine crate

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Egg-cellent idea

If your kid would rather get crafty than eat candy, try your own version of this Easter basket idea from Modern Parents Messy Kids. Fill plastic eggs with various colored beads and string, and place inside eggs to inspire creativity. Once you’ve found the perfect Easter basket ideas, kick your celebrations up a notch with these 30 fun Easter crafts guaranteed to brighten your home.

What You’ll Need: Plastic eggs

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Breakfast time

The amazing brains over at 100 Layer Cake-let wanted to feel good about Easter sweets stashed in their kids’ baskets. The result: wholesome treats like popcorn, dried and fresh fruits, and wholegrain muffins made for a special breakfast spread that the kids could devour as soon as they woke up.

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Go green

Grow your own basket greenery (instead of buying the bagged stuff) with this idea from Growing a Jeweled Rose. Add soil and quick-grow grass seeds to a plant saucer, and place in the sun. Wait two or three weeks, and you’ll have enough grass for an all-natural Easter basket that can double as a dinner table centerpiece. Better yet, fill the basket with these Easter treats you can make yourself.

What You’ll Need: Quick-grow grass seeds

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Rain or shine

Prepare your kids for spring shower by converting an umbrella into an Easter basket. Primal Dish fills the open, upside-down umbrella with crafts, books, and games. For more out-of-the-box ideas, check out these 14 Easter dinner ideas that break from tradition.

What You’ll Need: Umbrella

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Toyland

This is one of the Easter basket ideas that will have your kids squealing with joy on Sunday morning. Double one of your kids’ Easter gifts as a basket and fill it with their other toys and goodies. Jennifer Perkins uses a toy truck, but you could also use a toy shopping cart.

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Flower power

Decorate flower pots for a multifunctional and easy Easter basket. Hostess with the Mostess wraps them in fun ribbon and adds a handle and fake grass, making a perfect way to collect eggs. Curious about why eggs are such a big part of Easter? Learn the histories behind the most popular Easter traditions.

What You’ll Need: Flower pots

Morgan Cutolo
Morgan is the Assistant Digital Managing Editor at Reader’s Digest. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. When she’s not writing for rd.com or keeping the 650+ pieces of content our team produces every month organized, she likes watching HGTV, going on Target runs, and searching through Instagram to find new corgi accounts to follow.