If you’re a parent like me, you try to make every holiday special. Even though lil man is so small & barely understands the concept, I still want to make him a great Easter basket this year.
But I really don’t want to fill his Easter basket with just candy & junk. So below is a great list of ideas of handmade things that you can include in your child’s basket this year. A lot of them are cheap & easy to make. All you need is some crafty inspiration and I hope you get it from this list.
I also included a linkup tool on the bottom of this post. I would LOVE to see what you have pulled together for your child’s Easter basket this year. If I get enough linkups, I will do a showcase of all of them on the blog. So don’t be shy, link away!
* Homemade Bubble Solution-Find the recipe HERE.
* Handmade Hairbows for girls- Pinterest is loaded with ideas. Whether you buy handmade or make your own, I’m sure it will be appreciated.
* Homemade Play-dough- Find a recipe HERE. Put the dough inside plastic eggs for easy storage
* Homemade Popsicle Stick Games. Pinterest is loaded with TONS of ideas. I have seen people turn popsicle sticks into a matching game with colors or letters. Or you could even create puzzle pieces by cutting a small picture into strips, then gluing each piece on a popsicle stick. Then all your child has to do is line the picture back up.
* Bunny Tails-Marshmallows in a baggie with a cute tag
* Recycled Crayons- All you need is assorted crayons (broken & used) disposable loaf pans, toothpicks and candy molds/ice trays. Heat your oven to 350. Place all unwrapped crayons in disposable loaf pans (one for each color) Places pans in oven until crayons are melted. (Melting time will vary so watch closely) Use toothpicks to crayon on crayons as they melt or to stir as needed. Once crayons have melted, remove pans from oven and quickly pour into candy molds or ice trays. Let cool. Then carefully remove from pans and you have new crayons!
* Rice Krispie Treats-Find a fun recipe HERE.
* Homemade Granola-Make some up and gift it in some bags. Find a recipe HERE.
* Rolo Peanut Butter Cookies-Find the recipe HERE.
* Chocolatey Peanut Butter Yum Yum Cookies-Find the recipe HERE.
* Homemade Blueberry Cupcakes-Find the recipe HERE.
* Banana Bread Cookies-Find the recipe HERE.
* Buttery Pie Crust Crackers-Find the recipe HERE.
* Boo Boo Packs-Great for those little bumps & scrapes your child encounters. Just sew felt pieces together and fill with rice.
* Colored Pasta-Perfect for crafts or play jewelry. Learn how to make HERE.
* Puppets-With a little imagination and felt, you can create some one of a kind felt puppets.
* Carrot Marshmallow Sticks-Just dip jumbo marshmallows in tinted white chocolate. Just add a straw/stick and “grass” to give the look of carrots.
* ABC Fabric Scrap Letters-Find the tutorial HERE.
* Homemade Fingerpaints- Gather these ingredients: 1/2 cup cornstarch, 3 Tbsp. sugar, 1/2 tsp. salt, 2 cups cold water, food coloring.
In a medium pan, mix all the above ingredients together. Cook over low heat 10 to 15 minutes. Keep stirring the finger paint mixture until it is smooth and thick. After the finger paint has thickened, take the pan off the stove and let the mixture cool. After cooling, divide the finger paint into storage containers. Depending on how many colors you would like, that is how many containers you will need. Add a few drops of food coloring to each container. Stir the coloring in to the paint to determine the shade of color. Once you are done, you are ready to fingerpaint!
* Homemade Music Toys-Grab a empty oatmeal container and dress it up. Add a cooking spoon & you have a drum. You can also make a noise maker like the one we made HERE.
* Coloring pages- Search the web for FREE coloring pages and just print them out.
* Handmade Bunny Shirt-Etsy & Pinterest are covered with ideas for personalized shirts
* Pencil Toppers-Use my Valentine idea but turn it into an Easter theme.
* Busy Photo Albums-Grab a $1 plastic photo album at Dollar Tree and create sheets with numbers & letters. It’s a great learning tool & keeps them busy. Here is an example of ours. I used punches and number stamps to create it.
* Play Jewelry- Raid your jewelry box and make adult size play jewelry, into child size.
* I Spy Games-You can find a great tutorial HERE.
So what handmade things are you adding to your child’s basket this year?