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45 Creative Easter Basket Ideas That Are Colorful and Fun

Make Easter extra special this year with these easy, unique Easter basket ideas.

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Adorable Easter basket ideas that are easy to make

Easter is wonderful for many reasons. Not only is it a special day from a religious perspective, but it also ushers in spring, lets you spend quality time with loved ones, and offers an excellent excuse to eat chocolate—lots of it. Of course, those chocolate bunnies, sweet treats, and assorted gifts wouldn’t be quite the same without an Easter basket to display it all in. But this year, instead of pulling out the same basket you always use, try these creative Easter basket ideas that make a serious statement.

Whether you’re looking for Easter basket ideas for kids, teens, or adults, these simple DIYs will raise your Easter game to the next level. You don’t need to spend lots of money or be a crafting genius to make something cute and memorable—a little paper, paint, or pompoms can work wonders, transforming a basic basket into a mini work of art quickly and easily. Create these baskets as a surprise or enlist a few helping hands to create a new one every year. It just might become your family’s favorite Easter tradition! Don’t have the time right now? Bookmark this page for next year and opt for one of these premade Easter baskets to make life a little easier instead.

What do you put in an Easter basket?

This is a bit of a trick question. After all, anything that fits in an Easter basket can go in an Easter basket. But here are some of the more popular Easter candy choices:

What can I put in my Easter basket instead of candy?

Of course, this depends who the Easter basket is for. Whether that’s a young child, a finicky teen, or an adult, the key is to keep it fun. Even the most inexpensive items can make a huge impact when you simply take into account what the person you’re buying for loves. Here are some kid-friendly ideas:

Chalk paint flowerpot Easter basket

Looking for Easter basket ideas that are endlessly customizable yet wonderfully affordable? This DIY flowerpot has you covered. Just slap some chalkboard paint onto a standard flowerpot (or, really, any receptacle), decorate it with chalk, and fill it with your favorite candy. Your kids will grow a whole new appreciation for Easter.

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Natural Easter basket

You can dress up any basket by hot-gluing some cute tassels around the edge. Choose pastel colors for Easter (think pink, blue, yellow, and green), or go wild with rainbow-colored tassels, your kid’s favorite color, or the colors of your local sports team. You can make the tassels yourself out of yarn if you’re super dedicated, or pick up a multipack of premade ones for ease. Best of all, that basket becomes a great toy receptacle later on.

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Paper bag bunny Easter basket

Look, sometimes your week just gets away from you and the next thing you know, it’s Easter Sunday Eve and you have a bunch of candy to pack and no place to put it. Do not panic. You can still make a magical Easter basket out of things you have lying around the house. Kitchen: brown paper bags, scissors. Bathroom: cotton balls. Junk drawer: ribbon. All you have to do is fill the bags, snip the tops into bunny ears, secure with ribbon, and glue a cotton ball tail onto each one. Ta-da! You have adorable bunny baskets! Finish with some printable Easter cards and you’re all set.

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Poolside Easter basket

Get ready for summer beach days with larger-than-life Easter basket ideas like this inspired pool noodle and beach towel combination. 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—and candy, of course. If the weather doesn’t behave, these Easter crafts will keep the kids busy indoors.

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Upcycled painted Easter basket

If you’re running low on Easter basket ideas, look in your recycling bin. A couple of old cracker or pasta boxes, some paint, and a little time and energy can help transform your trash into treasure. For proof, just take a look at these cute bunny and chick Easter baskets. Paint the boxes all over in the color of your choice, cut out eyes and ears, and draw faces on each box. Glue on sturdy paper handles, and fill the box with candy. Eco-friendly and adorable!

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Mason jar Easter basket

This easy Easter DIY asks: What if the candy was the decoration? All you’ll need for this one is a Mason jar, the trim of your choice, and, of course, the all-important filling. We prefer mini Easter eggs for this one, but whatever you think will put the biggest smile on your child’s face will work! Snack on these treats while cuddling up to watch the best Easter movies for kids.

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Egg carton Easter basket

How’s this for an ingenious way to recycle egg cartons? Fill the carton cups with a mixture of candies and halved plastic eggs (for smaller sweets) and close the lid. Kids will love opening it up to find their surprise! Keep the fun going with some Easter riddles.

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Craft stick Easter basket

Cute basket weave? Check. Fun crafternoon? Check. With some hot glue, a pile of craft sticks, and a pretty ribbon or two, you can make a simple and sweet springtime basket. We love the button, pipe cleaner, and modeling-clay flowers on the side, too! You can paint the sticks, use colored ribbons, or even check out these bunny pics for inspiration.

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Chick and bunny Easter basket

These adorable boxes stuffed with candy and toys would make any child happy on Easter morning. As a bonus, they’re easy to make, too. Take blue and yellow construction paper, folded and glued to make a box, and then attach a piece of oval construction paper to the back. From there, you can create a chick or a bunny. Cut out big feet and glue them to the bottom, add a beak or ears, and use a marker to draw on the eyes and whiskers. Then, get the whole family involved with a these fun Easter games.

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Embellished tassels Easter basket

This gorgeous Easter basket looks complicated, but with a simple basket as a base, it’s not so hard! Just glue some pretty fabric over the sides and attach multicolored tassels and bows (where the fabric meets the basket) for a perfectly pastel spring scene.

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Chalk paint pail Easter basket

Sometimes, you just need a really big receptacle for some Easter candy. So why not grab a pail? With a coat of chalkboard paint, even a galvanized metal bucket can be a chic, minimalist Easter basket.

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K-Cups Easter basket

These cuties are an amazing Easter basket idea, especially for little ones. Used and cleaned K-Cups decorated with bunnies and chicks, filled with candy and pipe cleaner handles make perfect party favors, too. If you’re a coffee lover, you probably have these on hand, but if not, disposable paper cups will also do the trick.

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Rain boot Easter basket

This might be one of the most clever Easter basket ideas we’ve ever seen! Stuff the boots you’re using with paper grass to make up some of the space (and to make it more festive), or divide one pair of boots between two kids. Either way, diving into a big boot filled with candy, games, and toys will make any little one giggle.

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Simple paper bag Easter basket

Maybe you’re away for the weekend, or trying to cut down on waste in your home. Enter: the simple Easter basket. Yes, it’s a (recyclable) paper bag, with a cute bunny face affixed to it. As long as it’s filled with Easter candy, it’s all good. Just take a note of which stores are open on Easter in case you need to pick up a few extra goodies before handing this over.

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Flowerpot Easter basket

Decorate a flowerpot for a multifunctional and easy Easter basket that you can use afterward as a home for houseplants! Try wrapping them in scrapbooking paper or washi tape, and add a handle and fake grass for that egg-collecting trip.

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Paper cup bunny Easter basket

This Easter basket idea is great for toddlers, since it holds just the right amount of Easter candy for little stomachs. Don’t have cups on hand for a last-minute project? The top of a small cardboard box can also work. The Easter bunny can be rendered in everyone’s favorite color; you could even color-code the candy and Peeps, too!

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LEGO Easter basket

Put all of those random LEGO pieces you always step on to good use…in an awesome DIY Easter basket! Who knows, you might even awaken your own love of those bumpy little blocks while you create this one.

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Crocheted Easter basket

These might be the cutest Easter baskets we’ve ever seen! If you’re crafty or looking to become so, this could be the perfect beginners’ project.

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Brown paper bag Easter basket

If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times: Easy crafts can be cute, too! These super simple brown paper bag Easter baskets can be whipped up in an afternoon. To make things even easier, use washi tape to decorate them.

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Disney character Easter basket

Got a Disney-obsessed kid? If so, this one’s for you! These adorable Minnie and Mickey baskets are surprisingly simple to make, and with some glitter, the right paint, and a pinch of Disney magic, you can bring any character to life. Fill them with these coordinating Disney gifts and you’ll have some very happy kids—plus an Instagram-worthy shot.

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Upcycled jar Easter basket

This DIY isn’t just a slightly out-of-the-box Easter basket idea; it’s a whole Easter scene. Upcycle some peanut butter jars, fill them with green paper grass, and add your seasonal Easter candy on top. The lid is where the whole thing comes together: Super-glue a tiny bunny figurine to the top, then spray-paint the whole thing in Easter colors. Hoppy Easter!

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Personalized bucket Easter basket

Every kid loves to see their name on an object, and that’s what makes this personalized painted bucket such a great Easter basket idea. That, and it’s super simple to DIY. Start by spray-painting a bucket in your child’s favorite color. Get creative with your design, or, for ease, simply add bunny decals and sticker letters. They look great and are easy to apply. If you love giving gifts with an extra special touch, check out this list of personalized gifts for Easter and beyond.

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Little farmers Easter basket

Celebrate spring with this garden-themed Easter basket. Paint an old wine crate and fill it with seed packets, small plants, mini tools, and a few simple toys. Take the kids outdoors with their new baskets and get planting—it’s a basket and an activity all in one!

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Upcycled milk jug Easter basket

We love to recycle, especially when it comes to creative crafting. These adorable bunny baskets can be made by upcycling any big soda bottles or milk jugs you have in the trash! Just cut them down, wash them thoroughly, paint them any color you’d like, and glue on some ears and basket handles. Draw some sweet whiskers and a heart-shaped nose, and voilà! They very well may be the cutest—and greenest—Easter bunny baskets you’ll ever see.

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Chic Easter basket

Maybe your kids are getting a little older and they don’t think an Easter basket covered in bunnies is “cool” anymore. Well, they still expect candy on Easter morning! Here’s an idea that will class up your candy-delivery service a bit. Affix a cute Easter-themed tag to a minimalist, chic storage basket, and then fill it with your regular candy haul. It’s Easter, without the fuss and feathers. Here are some more gift ideas for teens they’ll absolutely love.

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Candy box Easter basket

This Easter basket idea is completely genius. No basket? No problem! Just hot-glue your candy boxes together (anchoring it by to some cardboard underneath with more glue) to make the basket happen. Then use some rope candy to make the handle, and even more candy to fill the basket. How hopping clever is that?

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Decorated wire Easter basket

A simple wire basket can be an amazing base for all sorts of decorations. Ribbons, tags, glittery bows, brooches, and pins can all be affixed to the sides, and the basket itself makes a great, neutral showcase for all your Easter goodies. We like the ones with fabric liners so you don’t lose any precious candy!

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Wholesome Easter basket

We’re completely in love with this breakfast basket—for adults and kids alike! Plus, it’s a perfect way to start the day for very young kids, especially when you know they’ll be getting spoiled by their grandparents later on. Fill a gorgeous wicker basket with long-lasting toys like wooden eggs, as well as wholesome treats like dried and fresh fruits and carrot muffins for a special breakfast spread the kids will devour as soon as they wake up. It also comes with popcorn, which you’ll want to save for watching these Easter movies on Netflix.

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Mini paper Easter basket

These baskets may be small, but the cuteness is strong with them. Use craft scissors to give bright printed paper an adorable scalloped edge, and glue on a pompom tail for the perfect finishing touch. Use some hot glue to connect the basket and handle, and fill with some sweet tiny candy (or a single Peep!).

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All-weather Easter basket

Prepare your kids for a spring shower—of candy, that is! For this clever DIY, an ordinary umbrella becomes an extraordinary Easter basket. Fill an opened, upside-down umbrella with crafts, books, and games. Don’t worry: It’s not unlucky to open an umbrella inside if it’s for Easter!

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Paper egg Easter basket

This eggscellent Easter basket couldn’t be easier, and you probably have all the supplies in the cupboard. Bonus: Making smaller baskets for Easter candy can be a great way to limit the candy smaller children get, and you can make these egg baskets as big or small as you like by changing the width of the connecting paper. Use the extra paper to write sweet Easter wishes to friends and family—everyone appreciates a handwritten card!

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Pompom-adorned Easter basket

What’s better than pompoms? More pompoms! This simple basket is dressed up by mini pompom trim and accented with a few giant pompoms just because. We have a feeling that bunnies of all sizes would be hopping excited to see this on Easter morning.

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Repurposed toy Easter basket

Who needs an actual basket when you have a (toy) truck to hold all those goodies? A toy truck works well for this nontraditional Easter basket idea that’s perfect for toddlers, but you could also use a toy shopping cart.

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Mason jar bunny Easter basket

This Easter basket idea is all about the color matching. Use candy of all one color, and color the inner parts of the bunny’s ears in the same hue. You can add the eyes and nose with paint pens, but we prefer to use googly eyes whenever possible. A few different-colored bunny jars would make great Easter centerpieces, too.

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Cardboard roll Easter basket

If your little ones love to get messy while getting creative, then this cardboard roll and craft stick Easter basket is perfect. Start by painting the craft sticks, then choose the perfect craft jewels and washi tape. An Easter basket is so much better when you’ve made it yourself!

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Rainbow Easter basket

There’s nothing like a pop of rainbow colors to give any craft a fun, festive look. The rainbow color palette works perfectly with Easter pastels, and it will make a gorgeous storage container well beyond the big day.

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Egg-cellent Easter basket

If your kids love crafts and you love the look of a traditional eggs-only Easter basket, why not combine the two with this simple DIY? The key is the fillable plastic eggs. Stuff some with candy, and others with beads, modeling clay, mini pompoms, and other crafting goodies, and little ones will have a blast cracking them open and seeing what surprises are hidden inside. If you also happen to love a good pun, check out these egg-stra funny Easter puns.

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Grass-filled Easter basket

Looking to cultivate a green thumb in your children? Try growing your own Easter basket greenery instead of buying the bagged stuff. Add soil and quick-grow grass seeds to a plant saucer, and place in the sun. After two or three weeks, you’ll have enough grass for an all-natural Easter basket that can double as a dinner table centerpiece.

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Bunny pouch Easter basket

These cute Easter bunny pouches make gorgeous party favors or tiny Easter baskets for friends and neighbors. They would also work well as part of a larger Easter basket.

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Flower petals Easter basket

Nothing says spring more than flowers, and this pretty, unexpected take on that idea will help you to make the most of the season. You can use marbled or patterned paper for the inner flower petals, or go wild with paint and glitter. If you want to send actual flowers on the big day, make your life easy by ordering from these top-rated online flower delivery services.

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Fairy moss Easter basket

If you have a little one who adores fairy gardens, she’ll go gaga over this moss-covered, vine-wrapped, and simply magical Easter basket idea. Fill it with fairy-inspired gifts—from dolls to wearable wings—to put it over the top.

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Woven paper Easter basket

These little Easter baskets are classy, classic, and cute. Plus, the customization options are endless! From Easter colors to sports-team colors, your Easter baskets can reflect your children’s interests, as well as their favorite colors.

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DIY tie Easter basket

Cute decor can come from anywhere: thrift stores, your dad’s closet, your husband’s closet, your brother’s closet, or your closet! These thrifted neckties add a dashing aspect to a simple basket and make this Easter basket worthy of any future businessperson.

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Cake tier Easter basket

For the kid in your life who loves to bake (or just likes to eat cake), this nontraditional Easter basket has layers of goodies! You can fill the shelves with whatever candy, toys, and baked goods you like, and it will have a second life as a gorgeous display. This also works incredibly well for adult Easter baskets, whether you’re displaying treats, spa products, or an assortment of accessories.

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Paper plate bunny Easter basket

There’s a paper plate craft for every season, but the paper plate Easter bunny is particularly cute. It comes together quickly with a tiny pompom nose, googly eyes, construction paper ears, and a sturdy string handle (so it can haul a ton of candy). Perfect! Next, you’ll want to curl up and watch some of these beloved Easter movies.

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