While it might be easy to buy a simple basket for holding goodies from the Easter bunny, how about a cute DIY version instead? Think outside the basket to make this hot air balloon design. It not only has a certain "wow" factor, but it also pulls double-duty as a display item that will last well past the holiday. It's also perfect for spring decor.
Your little ones will love the assortment of candy inside the box and have a blast seeing this whimsical version of an Easter basket waiting for them in the morning. When all of the candy is gone, your child can use the box to hold keepsakes, school supplies, or as a playful prop to help their imaginations take flight. While the sky’s the limit on decorating the inside and outside of this precious holiday gift, here’s how to make this adorable DIY Easter basket.
Equipment / Tools
- Small wooden box
- Craft paint in various colors
- Paper straws
- Washi or masking tape
- Tissue honeycomb ball or balloon
- Clear double-stick tape
- Craft glue (optional)
- Decorative paper or fabric (optional)
- Easter grass (optional)
- Candy and other Easter goodies
- Cellophane wrapping (optional)
- Ribbon or bow (optional)
- Sandpaper (optional)
Paint the Box
Use your chosen color of fast-drying acrylic craft paint to paint the outside of the wooden box, including the top edge, until it's completely covered. Use springtime colors, your child's favorite hue, or a color that may go with the room in which the box will be displayed. Let the craft paint dry completely so it can be easily handled to complete the rest of the project.
If you’re feeling ambitious, you can make the box two-tone or cover it with a pretty pattern, polka dots, or stripes. You can even cover it by gluing on material or paper.
When using a wooden box, make sure there are no ragged edges where splinters might lurk. It may help to use sandpaper to smooth down any rough edges.
Tape the Straws in Place
Place a paper straw in each corner of your box. Secure each straw with either washi tape or masking tape. Washi tape can add a pretty element of color while masking tape will be a little stronger. To ensure that the straws stay in place, tape them at the top and bottom of the box.
Attach the Honeycomb Ball or Balloon
Stand the box up so that all four straws (which should be equal heights) are vertical. Place a piece of clear double-stick tape on the inside of each straw and a small piece on the part that will attach to the honeycomb ball, and stick the straws and ball together, using the holes in the ball.
If you are using a balloon instead, you'll also need to use clear tape to attach the straws to the balloon.
Fill the Box
Place Easter grass inside the box along with toys and candies. You can’t go wrong with a few well-placed faux or candy chicks or bunnies. If you want, wrap this adorable DIY Easter basket in a sheet of cellophane wrap, and tie it at the top with ribbon, just like the store-bought versions.