Common Household Items You Can Use As Easter Baskets

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Common Household Items You Can Use As Easter Baskets

If you’re like me, you’ve been struggling to find Easter baskets for your family and friends, well, the solution is: use what’s already in your home! Here’s a list of things that will work for baskets this year.

Recycled Gift or Fruit Basket

Why not put your old gift baskets to good use? If you’re feeling ambitious and creative, you can even paint a basket to make it look like a bunny. To decorate a recycled fruit basket as an Easter basket:

  • Use festive ribbons as handles, and fill them with Easter eggs, carrot candles, and other items.
  • Use colorful tissue paper, and fill the basket with beautiful Easter flowers.
  • Rip up an old sheet and use it as a liner.

Cardboard Box

Recycle your cardboard boxes as Easter baskets
Recycle your cardboard boxes as Easter baskets

Cardboard boxes make a great Easter basket because they are cheap and durable. To decorate your cardboard box:

  • You just need to cut off the sides of the cardboard box
  • Then you can cut slits in the bottom so you can weave ribbon or string through to make handles.

Brown Paper Bags

A brown paper bag makes a good Easter basket. You can recycle and use your plain brown paper shopping bags.

If you are feeling a little crafty, you can decorate your bag as well. Here’s a simple way on how to do it:

  • Use markers and stickers to design your paper bag
  • Then add a favorite Easter toy inside for a nice surprise.


If you’re feeling crafty, you can use large or small pots as baskets for your Easter gifts. Here are instructions on how to make pots into Easter baskets:

  • Take a pot, like a coffee pot or a small flower pot.
  • Decorate it with paint and markers for the perfect-looking basket.
  • Add something cute inside of your baskets like a stuffed bunny, bunny ears, or some cotton balls with colored eggs in them.
  • You may finish it off with cellophane gift wrap and or a balloon

Reusable Plastic Containers

This is also a great way to reuse a container that once contained food so that it’s not wasted. To make a plastic container into an Easter basket, here are easy steps:

  • You need to find a good size container that has a flat bottom.
  • You can cut out the top of the lid and punch holes in it for your ribbon or string handles.
  • You can also decorate it by adding some stickers or paint.

Mason Jars

A mason jar is a good container for an Easter basket because they come in different sizes, and you can decorate them with some paint or stickers. Use them as little vases or containers for your Easter gifts.

Here is a video of Easy Crafts to design your Easter Jars:

Reusable Tote Bag

Tote bags are a great alternative to Easter baskets because of the space they can store. You can put a ton of goodies and treats.

You can also decorate it by painting it or you may also stick beads on the bag. The decorating tips are endless.

Wrap Up

There you have it. Use these great and practical ideas to create your Easter baskets this year, and remember: you can always find things to decorate at home to create these wonderful Easter baskets.

And I’m sure whoever is receiving them would appreciate your personal touch more than anything. 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can you give me a list of items I can put inside Easter baskets?

Here’s a list of items you can put inside Easter baskets: 

  • Solid chocolate eggs
  • M&M’s
  • Small plush toys
  • Collectible figurines
  • Candy (different kinds, not all one kind)
  • Stickers
  • Mug
  • Gift certificates for spas or massages

For Easter baskets for kids, you may check out this article.

2. I don’t want to spend too much on Easter baskets. What can I use instead?

You can use original or recycled baskets that you might have lying around. Another option is to use a gift bag.

You can decorate the gift bag to look like an Easter basket, or you can turn it inside out and decorate the outside of it with markers or stickers. 

As for the contents, you can always whip up a batch of some of your homemade pastries and spreads.

3. I don’t have any baskets, but I do have cardboard boxes. Would those work?

Cardboard boxes work great for Easter baskets; although you may need to tape the box up so that it doesn’t fall apart when your friends and family open them.

Cardboard boxes are another great way to reuse the items that others would usually throw away, which saves money and resources!

4. I don’t have any of the props mentioned in the article, what else can I use as Easter baskets? 

Well, anything that can hold things can be transformed into an Easter basket. There is surely something at your home that you can use. You just have to unleash a little creativity to fit the occasion.

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