Unconventional Easter basket ideas

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TIRED OF the same old Easter baskets? Get crafty and put a fresh-as-spring spin on the classic container with these unique Easter basket ideas.

Edible terrarium

Make an Easter version of a terrarium. Fill Mason jars with a layer of chocolate rocks, followed by edible grass, sweets eggs and marshmallow bunnies. Tie with ribbon and attach gift tags so guests can enjoy them at home.

Jute-wrapped bucket

Bring a natural, earthy feel to your Easter celebration with a jute-wrapped basket. Wrap jute or twine, starting from the bottom of a galvanized bucket and go up along the side and around to the bottom again to create a handle. Continue wrapping the sides of the bucket, occasionally hot gluing to the sides. Continue until entire bucket is wrapped in jute and handles are secure. Fill the bucket with green tissue paper and egg-shaped sweets.

Chalkboard terracotta pot

If you aren’t into sweets, make a garden lover’s basket instead. Apply chalkboard paint to a terracotta pot. Once dry, rub with chalk, lightly coating entire pot to cure the paint. Wipe off excess and write or draw Easter messages with chalk or a chalkboard pen. Fill with gardening goodies.

Adult Easter box

Make the ultimate adult Easter basket with fun gifts inside. Spray paint an old wooden crate in your desired colour. Let dry and attach a cute pennant banner to the front. To make the banner, cut triangles from black card or scrapbook paper and write a letter on each triangle using a chalkboard pen. Glue the triangles to a strand of baker’s twine and tie or glue the twine ends to the crate. Fill the box with gifts like wine, glasses and chocolate to give to friends and neighbours.

Brass watering can

A brass antique watering can make an eye-catching Easter basket alternative. Tie a length of one-inch wide grosgrain ribbon to the handle and the spout for an easy way to carry it. You can even hide it in the garden as part of an Easter egg hunt.

Rustic wire basket

For a rustic-inspired basket, rip strips of Easter-themed fabric and weave it through a wire basket you can get at an antique shop. Fill with tissue paper and brown hard-boiled eggs for a rustic look.

Decoupaged hat box

Decoupage a hat box for a fun, quirky container to hold treats in. Rip small sections from pages of an old book. Apply adhesive onto a hat box, place the torn pages on top of the wet adhesive and apply more adhesive over the pieces until the box is completely covered. Tie a bow from ribbon for extra embellishment.

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