Easter Decor and Baskets

Updated on March 05, 2008
M.B. asks from San Antonio, TX
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Does anyone have any ideas for making inexpensive easter baskets. Also inexpensive easter decor. I need them for my 3 kids 6, 2 1/2, and 1 year old.

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Thanks so much for all the ideas! I didn't think I could get so many nice looking items at the dollar tree for easter baskets. I found cute dolls, cars and stuffed animals along with a few items from Walmart I did all three baskets and home decor for under $30. I could have spent less but I did go a little over board (someone mention this could happen)! THANKS AGAIN!

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P.G.

answers from Beaumont on

Check out the website:

www.familyfun.com

They have tons of ideas on their site for Easter baskets, crafts, decor, etc...

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G.O.

answers from Houston on

I make baskets for my 3 boys every Easter. I began buying @ the 99 cent store. Buy what looks good from there. You'll be surprised at what you can find there. The celluphane to enclose the basket, grass, plastic eggs, bubbles, nik naks (balls for boys, barbies for girls, etc), the list goes on. At Walmart I find the plastic baskets for $1. Or you can invest in the wick baskets & reuse them as long as possible, year after year. Then I buy one good toy or whatever it is they're into at the time & ta-da!!!!!!!!! And don't forget the candy!!! Good Luck!!!

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M.S.

answers from Corpus Christi on

I make gift baskets for the kids out of paint cans.(New ones) I decorate it in a easter theme and they use that year after year. I have a online store if you would like to check some out....I can make them for you..to fit your budget...you tell me the amount and I get it done for you with all age appropriate items. Check them out at http://www.stinkincutecans.flyingcart.com
If you have any questions you can email me at [email protected]____.com

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K.M.

answers from College Station on

My mother-in-law always has the kids make 'Easter nests' the day before Easter. They go outside and pick up moss, leaves, pretty flowers, grass, etc. and then pile all their materials into a nest of sorts. When they wake up in the morning, their nests are full! It's fun and FREE!

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S.K.

answers from Houston on

Go online and print some coloring pages and puzzles then put in those inexpensive binders w/holes. Try this site: http://www.dltk-holidays.com/easter/index.html. Yes....for sure shop the 99c store for crayons, markers, basket, etc..... I use food coloring to make tie dye easter eggs. It much easier and less expensive than those kits. Bake some cookies and wrap in the cellophane or zip locks to include in basket. ( Or those Little Debbie snack cake/brownies. Also try http://www.orientaltrading.com/

Tie-dye eggs: http://jas.familyfun.go.com/crafts?page=CraftDisplay&...

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D.R.

answers from San Antonio on

I usually shop the dollar store too, but I try to find a theme. Something my girls are really into. I have two daughters 4 and 6. Think of their interests and go for it. If they like animals, think plastic animals, books, coloring books, puzzles all with animals on them. My 4 year old was really into dinosaurs one year so she got a dinosaur themed basket. My 6 year old loves barbies, last year I filled her basket with inexpensive barbie-like dolls from Big Lots and inexpesive clothes, plus books. They love books. Kids just love playing with new toys so whatever you choose will be fine. Bubbles are great for everyone so think lots and lots of bubbles. One year I just bought the inexpensive baskets from Walmart and added a few items to them. Walgreens has great deals on toys too. Just don't go overboard. I've done that too. Good luck.

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L.B.

answers from Houston on

something I've done every year now for the past 6yr. is bought plastic beach pails and painted bunnies, grass, eggs hideing in the grass, a great sunshine, clouds around the edges and then painted that childs name on the basket really cute. I would use paints that are for plastic bought at my local walmart of course. And then the kids have something fun to use at the beach two months later, instead of a typical basket that gets put away in storage in the attic and forgotten for years to come. I fill the baskets with the same kind of tissue you would use in a gift bag. (easter grass is way to messy),and put that childs favorate candies in the bucket along with a chocolate easter bunny. It's been a big hit with my kids for years,and now we do it for all the little cousins too. We have so much fun. It was also neat to see how others end up useing thier baskets. We went to AZ. at Christmas to visit one of the sisters and she had the one I made for her little girl last year in the bathroom with all of her bath toys in it. It was still so cute and made me smile remembering how much fun we have makeing them. I'm sure you will get alot of really great ideas. In fact I can't wait to read them myself. Good luck finding the one you will use.

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V.B.

answers from Houston on

I make my kids easter baskets too. I go to Dollar Tree or any Dollar Store that has good items and get whatever I think they might like. put like their fruit snacks, cookies, or whatever you like hust be creative. Thats what i do.

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T.M.

answers from Austin on

One idea I used over twenty years ago was to go to my local drugstore and purchase easter-colored paper. I came home and cut out, from these papers, a basket and handle, and elmer glued the handles. Very inexpensive but fun to make.

Shop at your local craft stores and you can pick up easter very cheaply. These stores want to get rid of them now.

Good luck.

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N.C.

answers from San Antonio on

I have two boys ages 7 & 8 so I know baskets can get expensive. My husband & I usually buy everything seperate instead of those ready made baskets. One year we bought plastic buckets like to take to the beach for sand castles, and about 5 Hot Wheels each, some plastic eggs, maybe one bag of chocolates for the eggs, of course the bunnies which were only maybe five dollars each. The best idea we had was, instead of buying the easter grass that lingers around until Christmas, we cut up the Sunday comics in shreds. It makes the baskets colorful and easier to clean up than the easter grass. I hope these ideas help you. Happy Easter!

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S.W.

answers from Waco on

I have a son age 7 and during the easter holiday the school always came up with cute easy easter baskets for the kids. milk jugs, easy to cut and decorate and cute too. Have fun

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P.M.

answers from Houston on

Make an Easter Tree. Cut a small branch, spray paint it white, push into a square or round styrofoam base, and cover with Easter grass. Use pastel colored construction paper, pastel pipecleaners and Easter basket grass to make little cones filled with jelly beans, Peeps or small chocolate bunnies. Make small cone shaped baskets from a circle of construction paper and punch a hole on each side of top of cone, bend a small length of pipe cleaner and put through holes and bend ends to secure, fill with grass and goodies. Let the kids use their imaginations and creativity to decorate styrofoam eggs and hang with ribbon tied to the tree banches and secure to egg with a pin. Decorate the base eggs, Peeps, Pom bunnies or chicks. Have fun with it!

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D.R.

answers from Houston on

A couple of ideas here and I've done them with the kiddos in the Pre-K class I taught a few years ago. You could ribbon weave the small pint baskets that strawberries come in from the grocery store. Use pipe cleaners braided together for the basket handles. If you want to go a bit bigger how about letting the kids decopage the outside of a shoe box. For these handles you could braid together different pattern ribbons and bingo! Have a blessed Easter!

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S.M.

answers from El Paso on

Hey. I make my childrens Easter baskets every year. It's better than buying the pre-made ones because you know what your kids like. Plus the pre-make ones have a bunch of cheap stuff in them that breaks pretty easily. I use their same baskets every year and we recycle the plastic eggs, and sometimes even the grass. The dollar Tree has really cute Easter deco, and baskets. The trick is getting there early enough to get the cute stuff. You can find, Easter coloring books and crayons and Easter activity books, and there are usually toys geared towards Easter as well. If that fails there is always Walmart.

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B.B.

answers from San Antonio on

I find the Family Dollar Tree to be very good when trying to do holiday stuff for the kids or maybe a 99cent store
I have found it easier to buy stuff in quantity and usually make several baskets for my little one and my nieces 7 nephews. I buy some goodies that all of them can enjoy: Vanilla Wafers, fruit juices, chips, a little candy, and some toys like crayons, coloring books, bubbles and water guns. Sometimes they have baskets also. Use seran wrap which they should have there too. Hope this helps.

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L.S.

answers from Austin on

Instead of baskets...get a Pail and Shovel and maybe a toy from the Dollar store. Then fill with some candy and stuffed animal. I did this several times when my kids where young. I loved doing outside stuff in the pails...The one year old will be happy with just the pail and a stuffed animal to hold. Have a great Easter!

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N.B.

answers from Houston on

I got a ton of stuff at walmart. Also, you can check Dollar General. Both have really cute stuff pretty cheap.

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M.M.

answers from Houston on

You can take a two liter bottle of coke (clear) or sprite (green) and cut a 4" slit down the side. Stuff your grass in it on the bottem and then put your small stuffed animal or toy in, your treats, etc in there also (I've used pencils, small notebooks, crayons before). Then take a 4x6 sticker or mailing label and cover the slit. Then decorate the outside with stickers and ribbon and set it on the table. It's fun because the little ones don't know how everything got in there. Note: Hot glue the top on to keep the little ones from putting it in their mouth. I have also used a one liter water bottle but they are not as easy to get things into. Good luck and Happy Easter!!

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S.M.

answers from San Antonio on

have you ever been to a "Dollar Tree Store"? not dollar general! actual name is "Dollar Tree" everything in there is $1 some items are 2/$1. nothing is over $1. they have lots of new easter merchandise! they have cards at christmas, valentines etc and of course all year they have birthday, wedding, anniversary etc. the cards are only 2/$1 and you can find nice cards not ugly, cheapy ones! find a Dollar Tree, but be careful! all those $1 can add up to $30 if you go over board!

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D.S.

answers from El Paso on

Go to Dollar stores! The Dollar Tree is awesome, I have four children ages 12, 10, 7 and 5. I always fill up their baskets and stockings(for christmas)with dollar store merchandise. The kids are always happy and it is really inexpensive!

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L.C.

answers from Austin on

As for decor, get an origami book from the library and some inexpensive colored paper. (not construction paper- it is too thick) You can make several varieties of butterflies, bunnies, frogs, inflated egg shapes, birds, and all manner of other spring like things with paper and a little practice.
Good Luck.

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L.N.

answers from Houston on

Dollar Tree is my best friend...I have 10 nieces and nephews to buy for. I get their little buckets, add inexpensive Easter grass and find toys that will work for each age group I have to buy for. I even hit walmart for some little people in a tube for the youngest, he is 1 1/2. If you have the time, oriental trading company is another place to hit for really inexpensive items. www.terrysvillage.com for the inexpensive decor.
Hope this helps you out.

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T.J.

answers from Houston on

You can usually pick up inexpensive decorations at the dollar stores. Dollar Tree is the best. Also start looking around some of the garage sales. You can go to your local library and check out craft books that will also give you some ideas. Since you have internet access try google.

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N.M.

answers from Corpus Christi on

You could go to Dollar Tree or Big Lots and get a couple dozen empty plastic eggs and baskets. Then you could fill the eggs with bite size candies, fruit snacks or stickers and such. For the 1 year old, you could fill the eggs with some goldfish or gerber snacks. My kids don't get anything elaborate. We usually hide a some eggs with treats or the confetti eggs too.

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T.D.

answers from Austin on

I also did the sand buckets and sand toys for the kids. My biggest money saver on holidays for my younger kids has been to buy the year earlier on clearance. I have a storage bin labled with each holiday. I shop for paper goods (for class parties), holiday home decor and gift items when they are 50-90% off. When the kids are young it is easy to predict and plan for the next year. I even bought holiday tee shirts in sizes for the next year and place them in the bins. I bought sand toys (bucket, shovels, rakes) for 25 cents a set last years clearance and put them away to use for decorations and hand outs at my daughters birthday party this year.

Dollar Tree, All A Dollar, Dollar General, Walmart and Goodwill are great places to look.

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C.H.

answers from Houston on

Buy construction paper and let ur 6 yr old cut out bunnies, chicks and eggs, then string them together for easter garland. You could also cut out larger versions for wall decor and window decor. Let him decorate them with crayons and stuff. Dying eggs is always a winner and you can just use dollar store food coloring instead of the expensive kits they put out. Also, as someone also said, dollar tree, the big 99cent stores that popped up over the last year all over houston and other true dollar stores have candy and even baskets and grass. Have fun!

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M.R.

answers from El Paso on

Hi, I always go to the dollar stores. You may have Dollar General, Family Dollar or something similar where you live. They have inexpensive baskets, trinkets, toys, plastic eggs, fake grass and stuff. Also if you have a Big Lots, that's a good place to find stuff, cheap also.

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R.B.

answers from Houston on

I have seen baskets made from plastic gallon milk jugs with construction paper ears and cotton for a tail. Those are long gone from my home.
However, growing up we always had our basket that got filled every year. We didn't get new ones every year they just got filled.
My boys have various baskets from grandmother's but have still used the same plastic bucket now for several in a row. This saves money and like the others - just go to the dollar store. My boys get a swim suit each easter too.
Have fun!

C.G.

answers from Jacksonville on

I have to agree with going to the the dollar store or dollar general or the .99 store...you'd be suprised at all the cute knick knacks they have. I'd go there alot of times to get stuff for my sunday school class and the kids loved it. Also, I recall one year my grandma sat all of us grandkids at the table and gave us markers and we got to color our own eggs any way we wanted to..it was a good idea because then you don't stink up the house with vinegar and worry about stained clothing!

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L.M.

answers from Houston on

go to any 99 cent store they have a kinds of stuff i have 4 kids so they have stuff for all ages

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