How to make a simple Easter basket

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Why did the Easter egg hide?
………Because he was a little chicken.

We have another wonderful guest post for you this week from the creative Laura aka Pickled Pinned and Stuffed you can also check out Laura's Etsy shop here.

Over to you Laura!

All small children love to hide, be hidden and seek things out. Or at least that’s my experience. Be it peek-a-boo with babies, pretending not to see the toddler shaped lump behind the curtain during hide-and-seek or playing that oh so funny game of “Did you put the house keys in the dishwasher?”, hiding and seeking can elicit some of the best giggles and fun of the day. Whether you have a house full of guests or just your nearest and dearest with you, Easter is the perfect time for everyone to share in the game.

A day or two before Easter J and I make our baskets ready for the hunt. Then on Easter morning J wakes up to find that our furry festive friend has visited and left lots of little eggs dotted all over our living room. This isn’t something I ever did as a child but J absolutely adores it, so much so that while we were looking after my sister’s cat last Easter he begged me to let him make a hunt for his Aunt and her partner in their flat. So J made them an extra basket, hid the eggs and left a note to surprise them on their return. I am not sure who was more thrilled, J or his Aunt!

We are lucky, the Easter Bunny knows that smaller eggs fit better in our baskets, and a pile of treats quickly forms as the basket is hurriedly emptied out before being carried off ready to be filled again.
But an Easter hunt doesn’t have to be about chocolate. You could organise a hunt where children are searching for decorated card eggs, hollow plastic eggs with a treat inside or even hard boiled eggs with coloured shells. Hunting for real eggs could also lead into some great traditional Easter games. Or how about hiding a golden egg which has a special prize attached to it.

Using card eggs can be a great way to control chocolate consumption without spoiling any of the fun. Once the hunt is over and all the eggs have been found the cards can be swapped for chocolate eggs or other treats.

The only limit is your imagination, you don’t even need to use eggs, why not hunt for chicks or rabbits instead? These baskets have plenty of other uses too. They would make the perfect envelope for a handcrafted birthday, or Mother’s day card, maybe it could be a holder for a breakfast in bed menu, or a safe place to keep photos of a time you want to remember.

Click to read how to make these Easter basket after the jump!

I hope you have as much fun making your baskets as I have had creating this tutorial and sharing it with you.

Thanks for having me over to play Bristol With Kids, I am egg-stremely grateful for the chance to be part of a blog that combines two things so close to my heart, my family and my home.

I’d love to see some of your finished projects. Share your snaps here
  • Print the template out onto card, roughly the thickness of a cereal box, or glue a template to a piece of card and cut out your basket shape. If you would like a bigger basket you can always enlarge the template to A3 on a photocopier. I do my photocopying at my local library.
  • Decorate your basket any way you like. You could draw or paint directly onto the card, you could stick feathers, stickers and sequins on. If you want to add colour and pattern all over your basket you could try gluing wrapping paper or a page from a comic book to the card before cutting your basket out. 

One thing J and I like to do is to take a small square of tissue paper, pinch it right in the centre and twist it to make a flower. We stick a line of these flowers inside the top edge of the basket so that they are peeping out over the top.

  • Once your basket is decorated the next step is to crease along the dotted lines. With a firm pressure, draw along the dotted lines using a biro and ruler. This will have the same effect as scoring using a pair of scissors but is safer for younger children, and allows them to complete their basket without too much adult interference!
  • Fold the sides upwards, creating valley folds along all the dotted lines.

  • All that’s left to do is to stick your basket together. Double sided tape is great for this job, it can also be really useful for sticking on embellishments, but you can use a glue stick, plain cellotape or whatever sticky stuff you have to hand. Just attach the tabs to the spaces marked on the front of the basket and you’re finished.

    Thanks so much for your wonderful post Laura! If you interested in guest posting with Bristol With Kids just drop us a line! We'd love to hear from you!

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