As I dusted off my kids' faded wicker baskets and began the annual ritual of finding the coordinating pieces for the well-used plastic eggs in my cupboard, I had my ah-ha moment. "Not this year!" I said to myself. I'm tired of the same old Easter baskets, with the unoriginal eggs and the mountains of candy that inevitably ends up either in the garbage can or more likely in my stomach (and later on, my thighs).
"I can do better," I thought as I decided to come up with some creative (but cost-effective) Easter baskets that kids would think were "Awesome!" and moms could make in a snap.
Mini Movie Critics Basket
Your kids will give two thumbs up for this popcorn tub filled with bargain movies and authentic movie candy and treats. So much fun, they'll feel like they are right in the middle of the movie theater!
Kids Under Construction Basket
Build a basket that every little boy (or girl!) will enjoy with trucks, tools, and lots of toughness. Filled with tons of toys and accessories from the dollar store, this basket can cost less than $10 to make.
Mani-Pedi Party Basket
Your little divas will love this pampering-packed basket that comes complete with nail polish, spa accessories, and coordinating candies. Put all of the goodies in a plastic tub that can double as a foot bath.
Fit and Fun Easter Basket
For the sporty kids, fill a duffle bag with sports equipment and accessories including soccer balls, sports cones, jump ropes, paddle balls, tennis balls, frisbees, and more. Include healthier snacks like trail mix, granola bars, or mandarin oranges to stay with the theme.
Music Movers and Shakers Easter Basket
Make magical music with a DIY drum created from a recycled plastic ice cream tub, kid-sized versions of guitars, drums, harmonicas, microphones, music books, and more.
Green Thumb Easter Basket
Create this cute basket for your aspiring little gardeners using a flower pot filled with kid-sized gardening tools, seeds, miniplanters, a pinwheel, mini watering can, gloves, and gummy worms.
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