Easter basket ideas don’t have to be about plastic grass and pastel Peeps (although there’s certainly nothing wrong with that). These days, the options for Easter treats and the baskets they occupy are nearly endless. From simple and natural to extravagant and extravagant, it all depends on how you want to celebrate the day.
Below, we’ve rounded up our favorite Easter basket inspirations, whether you plan to use your baskets as gifts or Easter decorations.
Easter basket ideas for every style
Get out of the – ahem – basket when planning your Easter assembly this year, with pretty styling, creative themes, and a little crafting (or none at all). These cute Easter basket ideas are easy to recreate.
1. Opt for the original idea of the Easter basket
Before I could scour the internet for creative Easter basket ideas, the only option was simplicity. Relive the first Easter celebrations with the original basket filler: eggs. Painted eggs mixed with pastel chocolate varieties make the assortment pretty and fun.
2. Make your own Easter basket
If you’re feeling creative, try an easy DIY Easter basket idea. The one above is made with egg-shaped cut-out card stock, 1″ thick grosgrain ribbon, and a small gift box, and accented with seasonal die-cuts and scrapbook stickers. The project also makes a fun Easter craft idea for kids.
3. Try an Easter basket upgrade
“Easter baskets don’t have to be pastel-colored decorations you pull out once a year,” says Homes & Gardens editor Lucy Searle. “You can use a decorative basket you already have or find one at a craftsman or antique store to fill.”
The ceramic and cane version above is a fancy upgrade, for example. It’s a chic Easter basket choice for an older child or adult, and can also be used as an Easter table decoration. After the holidays, fill the basket with moss balls, wooden beads or lemons for a simple centerpiece for the rest of the season.
4. Knit a crochet Easter basket
Crochet Easter baskets are super soft and, as a bonus, they pack flat for easy storage the rest of the year. If you’re good with a knitting needle, you’ll find plenty of free Easter basket patterns online. Otherwise, look for premade versions on sites like Etsy.
5. Try this Paper Cone Easter Basket Idea
Paper cones are a fun way to serve Easter treats. To make your cones: simply cut a large triangle out of a piece of construction paper or stationery, then roll it into a cone shape and glue it in place.
Then, fill the cones with paper grass and chocolate eggs or foil-wrapped candies, and place them in a basket filled with glass vases or mason jars. A cutlery or utensil basket also works well.
6. Turn your Easter basket into a work of art
Make your Easter basket sweet and sophisticated this year with papier-mâché eggs inspired by the German tradition. These from Holly Pond Hill are filled with candy and chocolate made by Massachusetts-based Harbor Sweets. Once Easter passes, the eggs can be saved and filled for years to come.
7. Dress up a vintage basket with ribbon
No need to buy a special basket just for Easter. Ribbon adds a pretty touch to vintage wicker baskets. To make the display even more festive, tie a coordinating ribbon around your Easter eggs, using a dot of hot glue to hold it in place.
8. Prepare an Easter picnic basket
Take inspiration from Fortnum & Mason and give your Easter basket a picnic theme with cheeses, dried fruit and tea or wine. If you don’t have time to assemble your own Easter baskets this year, let the pros do it for you. The Fortnum & Mason Easter Picnic Hamper is filled with cheese, crackers and chocolate, and is available for delivery in the UK and USA.
9. Make Mason Jar Easter Baskets
Floral yarn and ribbon turn standard glass jars into adorable Easter baskets. To make your own, tie a ribbon or string around the mouth of the jar and secure it with hot glue. Next, twist a length of floral wire around the ribbon on opposite sides of the pot to form a handle. Use them as favors or gifts, or place settings for Easter dinner.
10. Display a bouquet of Easter baskets
Decorative ceramic or glass Easter baskets, like the Courtly Check version by MacKenzie Childs, create a beautiful place to display seasonal flowers.
“One of my favorite ways to decorate an Easter table is to fill ceramic Easter baskets with fresh cut flowers and arrange them in the center of the table,” says Searle. “To make this work, I cut the flowers so the stems are only a few inches long and push them into a piece of floral foam placed inside the basket.
If you don’t have floral foam handy, you can also glue a grid over the top of the basket to help hold the flowers in place.
11. Bake your full Easter basket
Jelly beans and bunny-shaped chocolates may be required Easter basket treats, but they’re not the only options. Use cookie cutters to make festively shaped sugar cookies and frost them with pastel frosting for a candy touch.
What to put in an Easter basket?
Candy is the obvious choice for filling Easter baskets, but it’s not the only option, especially if you’re looking for less sweet options for small children or to make a basket for an adult.
“You can fill an Easter basket with anything you want,” says Sarah Spiteri, editorial director of Homes & Gardens and mum-of-two. “There really are no rules. For my kids, I tend to use a few smaller, spring-themed, outdoor-themed toys like bubbles, jump ropes, or gardening kits. Books also work well, and smaller clothes like sunglasses or sun hats.”
Here are a few more of our favorite Easter basket ideas for kids:
- sidewalk chalk
- sand toys
- Art supplies like paint and markers
- Beach towels
- Lip balm
For older children and adults, themed baskets make shopping easier. Choose a favorite spring hobby, like golf or gardening, and fill a basket with goodies that match the theme.
You can also use practical Easter basket alternatives as part of the gift: think tote bags, wide-mouthed water bottles, vases, mixing bowls, or a car wash bucket.
How much should I spend on an Easter basket?
Things can get out of hand quickly when you’re filling an Easter basket, but there’s no need to overdo it.
According to the National Retail Federation, Americans spent an average of $179.70 this Easter in 2021, including $31.06 on gifts and $25.22 on candy. If you split that $56.28 for gifts and candy between two kids, it averages out to about $25 per basket.