Easter basket ideas for all ages: DIY decorations, gifts and more
Excited to get hopping on those Easter baskets? We love to see it. And we love to inspire it, too! So we’ve put together a bunch of fun Easter basket ideas to help you make the most of this spring celebration.
Our DIY Easter basket ideas for every age will plus up any store-bought basket you’ve got. And of course, we have allll the gifts that will make your kids so excited to be up early on Easter morning. Except maybe your teenager. Because teenagers.
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Easter Basket Ideas Perfect for Toddlers
Toddlers are juuuuuust starting to get wise to all the fun Easter brings. And what better way to celebrate that fact than by surprising them with all things cute and cuddly or sweet and small?
- This recordable lion plush. You can use it to record a special Easter message, a simple “I love you” or a reading of the coordinating board book.
- A lamb water globe. It plays a sweet little tune to send them off to sleep.
- A Noah’s Ark wooden puzzle. It’s got big chunky pieces perfect for little chunky fingers.
- The DIY carrot treat bag below. Imagine their eyes lighting up when they rip into it and their favorite snack is revealed. It’ll be the best Easter surprise ever.
- A mini card for your mini me. It just so happens to match the lamb, too!
DIY Carrot Treat Bag
What you’ll need:
- Orange or peach-colored tissue paper
- Green tissue paper
- Twine or string
- Toddler-approved snack (we chose some oat-o’s)
1. Start by cutting a square of tissue. Make a cone by bringing down the top left corner toward the center of the square and rolling up the tissue.
2. Cut off excess paper. Once you have a cone that’s a good size for your toddler’s Easter basket, trim off the remainder of the tissue paper.
3. Tape down the bottom of the cone. Put another piece of tape wherever you feel it needs to stay secure.
4. Pour in your toddler snack. About a half cup worked for the size of cone we created.
5. Tie it up. Gather the tissue paper at the top and using a piece of twine or string tie it closed really tight. Adjust the tissue or smooth it out where needed, then secure the string with a knot. Cut off the excess tissue paper above the knot, leaving about half an inch for securing the carrot top to.
6. Make the carrot top. Stack two or three smaller squares of green tissue, and cut some fringe along one edge. Feel free to make your cuts varying thicknesses.
7. Add the carrot top to the carrot. Tape down one end of the non-fringed edge at the top of the carrot. Wrap it around and tape it down to finish.
8. Pop your DIY carrot treat into the basket. They look especially cute nestled into Easter grass.
Crafty Easter Basket Ideas for Kids
Easter means spring and spring means sunshine. And to kids, sunshine means outside time. So we put together a few Easter basket ideas for kids with that in mind.
- Some egg-shaped sidewalk chalk. One of their favorite outdoor activities, but Easter themed? What could BE more perfect?
- Chocolate Bunny and Egg Better Togethers. By the way, if you don’t know about Better Togethers, you’ve been missing out on some serious cuteness.
- Stickers and more stickers. To put on T-shirts. And coloring pages. And the dog. (But also hopefully not the dog.)
- Easter treat bags. For their favorite candies or snacks. Although, if you need candy-free ideas, we’ve got them.
- Colors of Kindness Crayola® crayons. The pastel hues are perfect for Easter. And you saw that link up there for coloring pages, riiiiiight?
- One of the DIY bunny name tags shown below. It’ll help the kids remember whose basket is whose and keep the house argument-free for…at least some of the day.
- This funny Easter card. Make them crack a smile with this card featuring two very silly eggs.
DIY Personalized Bunny Tags
What you’ll need:
- Crayola® Model Magic
- Ribbon or twine
- Rolling pin
- Crayola Take Note Marker
- Bunny cookie cutter
- Metal straw or something to make a small hole
1. Roll out the modeling clay. We rolled our Model Magic to about 1/4” thick. This makes it thick enough to work as a tag but not so thick that it takes forever to dry.
2. Cut out your bunnies. Using a cookie cutter, cut out as many bunnies as needed. These make cute place cards or food markers, too, so feel free to make extra.
3. Punch out a small hole. Use a metal straw to make a hole to thread ribbon or string through.
4. Let the tags dry overnight. Tags should be completely dried out by morning. Placing them on a wire rack may speed up the process a bit, as it allows for more air circulation.
5. Add your kid’s name. Once the tags are fully dried, write the name of your child on the bunny with a permanent marker.
6. Add some ribbon. Thread the ribbon or twine through the hole in your dried bunny tag.
7. Tie the tag to your child’s Easter basket or gift. You can use these to keep track of whose Easter basket is whose, or use them as a gift topper.
Easter Basket Ideas Teens Will Love
The average teen probably won’t admit it, but they still love waking up to an Easter basket waiting outside their door. Our gift ideas for them include things they can get excited about without feeling embarrassed.
- A bunny canvas bag. It’s honestly so adorable that their friends will probably be secretly jealous.
- A journal for all their feelings. Because they have a LOT of them and writing them out helps.
- An Easter Snoopy® itty bitty®. They might say they’re past the age of loving stuffies, but if it’s tiny enough, it qualifies as “cute” instead of “kid stuff.”
- Vinyl decals for their water bottle. Or their school binder. Or their locker. Basically anywhere they want to display their thoughts on life, of which they have many.
- A notecard and sticker set to show friends some love. We all know friends make the teen years easier. This will help them express gratitude and support in a totally chill way.
- The DIY pom-pom keychain below. You might be surprised at how sentimental they’ll get over something handmade. Put it in their basket and see where it ends up over time.
- A fresh-smelling, sunshine-y candle. It’s hard to feel angsty when your room smells like lemonade.
- This sweet, simple Easter card. No babyish cartoon bunny. No fuzzy chicks. Just a little message with a bit of shine to let them know they’re loved—at Easter and always.
DIY Pom-Pom Keychain
What you’ll need:
- Yarn (we used three colors and they all had different weights)
- Piece of cardboard
1. Make a DIY pom-pom form. To make it, cut a cardboard rectangle about 3” x 6”. Then make a slit 1/4” wide in the middle of the short end, stopping about halfway through the piece of cardboard.
2. Start wrapping. Wrap your primary color around the cardboard pom-pom form, covering the slit you made.
3. Switch up the colors. To make a spicy pom-pom, add more colors! No need to tie anything off—just cut off your first color and start wrapping your next. We did this pretty randomly.
4. Tie off your pom-pom. Thread a separate piece of yarn about 12” long into the slit at the center of the cardboard form. Tie it loosely around all the yarn you’ve wrapped onto the form and make a loose knot.
5. Release the yarn. Slide all the yarn off the cardboard, then tighten and tie the knot so it’s super secure.
6. Cut and fluff. Use scissors to cut all the loops in the yarn, then fluff it out.
7. Shape the pom-pom. Trim the ends of the yarn so the pom-pom looks like a nice, round sphere.
8. Tie to a keychain. Using the extra length from the piece of yarn you used to tie everything together, tie your pom-pom to the keychain.
9. Attach to an Easter basket. You can tie it to the handle, or if you go the route of this adorable bunny bag, attach it to one of the handles.
We hope these Easter basket ideas have you feeling a little better prepared to shower the kids with love this Easter, no matter how old they are.
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