Budget-Friendly DIY Easter Baskets

Posted on 03/11/2013

Retailers are hoping for a bounce in Easter spending this year. Last year shoppers spent about 11 percent more on candy, flowers and trinkets according to the National Retail Federation. That means the average person will spend about $145. Hoping to save some money this year? Check out these budget-friendly DIY Easter baskets.

Milk Carton Easter Basket
Look no further than your recycling bin for the supplies you need to whip up a milk carton Easter basket. According to Spoonful.com you'll need a half-gallon milk or juice carton, scissors, pastel construction paper and a few other odds and ends. Your trash will soon become a cute bunny ready to hold your Easter treats.

Picket Fence Easter Basket
Head to HobbyLobby.com and buy four picket fences for $.87 each. Glue them to a piece of square wood and embellish your picket fence box with spray paint and ribbon for an adorable DIY container. Check out LivingLocurto.com for the full instructions.

Grocery Bag Easter Basket
Hopefully you've been saying "paper" instead of "plastic" at the grocery store because now you have a purpose for all of those brown paper grocery bags you've been saving. You can turn them into an Easter basket. Just follow the instructions at ellinee.com. Once you cut strips from your grocery bag you'll glue and weave them together to create a green Easter basket without spending any money.

Terra Cotta Easter Baskets
If you've got a small spare terra cotta flower pot then you're halfway to having a cute DIY Easter basket. Use a strip of colorful scrapbook paper and attach it to the rim of the pot with glue or double-sided tape. Use another strip of paper to create a handle. Have fun decorating the pot with grass filler, fake flowers or paint.

Felt Easter Basket
Easter is very early this year. It falls on March 31, a week earlier than 2012. If you find yourself short on time, this felt Easter basket is great for last minute crafters. All you need to make this colorful DIY basket is felt, craft glue, a stapler, an empty box and a little help from Julie at Lessthanperfectlifeofbliss.blogspot.com. Now hop to the store for some candy and you are ready to go.

By Alison Storm

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