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Easy Easter Basket – A Last-Minute Upcycle Idea

Are you looking for a really easy Easter basket idea? Look no further!

With Easter just around the corner, I wanted to whip together an Easter basket for a fun scavenger hunt.

This simple idea came to me when I spotted some empty bottles in my recycling bin, and it gave me an aha moment!

This is a really easy upcycle, and your children can even do it if they enjoy crafting.

I hope you enjoy this simple upcycle and that it inspires you to make your own cute basket.

Supplies List

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  • Plastic bottle
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper
  • Glue
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Felt

How to Make an Easy Easter Basket

Step One: Grab a Plastic Bottle

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You can use any shape or size of plastic bottle you have to hand. I had a huge 5L water bottle, which worked well, but you could use a milk bottle or any type of carton.

I also had a smaller bottle which I was going to use but I decided that would be a little bit too small for what I had in mind.

If you’re making your Easter basket for toddlers, maybe choose a smaller bottle so they can easily carry it on the scavenger hunt with their little hands.

Larger bottles make a bigger basket for older children.

If you don’t have a plastic bottle, this could also work with tin cans or a jar.

If you’re looking for scavenger hunt clues, I’ve included some at the end of this article that you can print off.

Step Two: Cut The Bottle Top Off

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Cut the neck and top off your bottle. I found the easiest way to do this was to make a small hole with a knife and then use scissors to cut the rest off.

I did try using a knife to cut the top off, but it left the plastic jagged and sharp. Not good for little hands!

Another tip is to lightly run a hot iron over the edges of the plastic bottle to melt away the sharp edges like I did in my plastic bottle vase craft.

Step Three: Make a Handle

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There are a few different ways to make your basket handle. I love to recycle and upcycle as much as possible, so my first idea is always to use anything I have on hand.

Since the closest thing I had to hand was the top of the plastic bottle, I figured I’d just use thank! I cut off a long thin strip and attached it to the bottle with a hot glue gun.

Have a rummage through your recycling or craft supplies to see if you can come up with any other ideas. Anything that can be turned into long strips is ideal. My original idea was to use some straws, but I decided I wanted a firmer handle.

If you want to handle to be movable, you can cut a small hole in the bottle and use split pins to attach the handle.

I would have liked to do this, but I didn’t have any split pins to hand!

Step Four: Paper Mache Your Bottle

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Adding a couple of layers of paper mache will make sure it is more durable and get rid of any tough plastic edges.

I like that it just covers up the plastic too, and gives it a much nicer look.

You’ll need newspaper, glue, and water. Mix one part PVA glue with two parts water and give it a good mix.

Rip the newspaper into small strips. Dip each strip into the glue mixture and stick it onto the bottle.

Keep going until you’ve covered the whole bottle, inside and out.

You’ll only need to do one or two layers, as the bottle will already give the basket a lot of stability.

Your easy easter basket will look a little something like this when you’re finished:

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Step Five: Decorate The Bottle

This is the fun bit! You can get really creative here and turn your bottle into an easter bunny, chick, or decorate it in traditional colours (pastel shades) with acrylic paint.

You’re not limited to just painting your basket at this point; stick felt or buttons on. Dry out fresh flowers and glue them onto the bottle, or make your own Easter scrap flowers.

Add little name tags to each basket and make them personalized.

The options really are endless; just take a look around your craft supplies for inspiration.

For my basket, I decided to make a bunny. I painted the basket white, and then used a marker to draw on the face.

I also made felt ears to attach to the basket.

In hindsight, I would have cut the ear shapes out of the plastic bottle when I was trimming the top off if I were to do this again.

Although the slightly floppier ears are very cute!

Step Six: Fill Up Your Basket

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If you’re going to give the basket to your child to do a scavenger hunt, fill the base of the basket with faux grass.

You can make your own if you have tissue paper. Just shred it up finely and cover the bottom of the bottle with it.

If you don’t plan on doing an egg hunt, you can fill it with all of their goodies at this point to give to them on Easter Sunday!

Printable Scavenger Hunt Clues

Save and print off these scavenger hunt clues to make a really fun easter hunt for your kids! My kids just love doing these every year, and it takes less than ten minutes to set up.

Cut each clue out, fold it up, and hide each one with an egg or other easter candy.

You could even hide these clues inside plastic eggs and leave each egg with small gifts such as stuffed animals or a new coloring book.

Make sure you keep one back to give them as their first clue. You could leave it inside their DIY Easter Basket!

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Finished DIY Easter Basket

How cute do these bunny easter baskets look? I’m so pleased with how they turned out and I can’t wait to watch my kids use them on Easter Sunday!

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Easy Easter Basket Tips

  • If you’re looking for a quicker way to make these baskets, just skip the paper mache step. It’s not absolutely necessary; it just gives them a nicer finished look.
  • Let your kids get stuck in with you and decorate their own Easter baskets. I’m sure they’ll come up with some really creative ideas!
  • As I started painting these, I thought they could almost look like wicket baskets if I chose brownish paint. You could give this a go and then just decorate it with felt shapes or flowers.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you make an Easter basket without a basket?

There are loads of ways to make an easter basket without a basket; here are a few ideas:
– Use an empty mason jar
– Make a crochet basket
– Use paper or cardstock to make a simple cylinder-shape
– Sandcastle bucket
– Tin cans
– Get a new toy (like a dumper truck, a door swing, or a doll bed) and fill it with easter treats
– If you’re really at the last minute, brown paper bags with a bunny face drawn on them will do the job!

What do most people put in Easter baskets?

Most people put lots of sweet treats in Easter baskets. Think chocolate eggs, Easter eggs, jelly beans, Cadbury mini eggs, and a chocolate bunny.

However, you don’t need to limit your Easter basket to just sweet things! If you have a really crafty child, fill their basket with craft supplies. Or, if you have a child who loves cars, fill it with lots of vehicle-related stuff! If you’re making an older child a basket, why not pop a gift card for a shop they really love in?

At what age do kids stop getting Easter baskets?

I don’t know any kids who wouldn’t enjoy receiving an Easter basket! Kids of all ages love being spoilt!

Watching my kids collect Easter eggs on Easter morning, each with their own easter basket, is one of my favorite traditions!

Perhaps older kids might be a little bit more reluctant to join in with an easter egg hunt, but I’m sure they’d still appreciate getting a larger basket filled with lots of their favorite sweet treats.

I know plenty of adults with a sweet tooth who would love to receive a traditional basket too! Who says they’re just for kids?!

Printable Easter Basket Instructions

How to Make an Easy Easter Basket

How to Make an Easy Easter Basket

Yield: One Easter Basket
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Use a plastic bottle and some paints to make an adorable easter bunny basket for your kids to use on Easter Sunday.


  • A Bottle
  • PVA Glue
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Felt


  1. Cut the top of your bottle to create a basket shape.
  2. Cut a long strip of plastic off the top section of the bottle and glue it onto the basket to make a handle.
  3. Paper mache the basket buy dipping newspaper into one part glue to two parts water. Cover the whole bottle.
  4. Paint and decorate the basket with acrylic paints.
  5. Add any extra bits onto the bottle, such as felts, stickers, buttons, etc.

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter and that you have a great time on your scavenger hunt with your very own easy easter baskets!

I’d love to hear from you if you end up making one of these, tag me on Instagram or feel free to drop me a comment!

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