Easter baskets from take-out containers


It’s been awhile since I posted a craft tutorial on here!  Goodness gracious, it’s time to get back to my first love…



With Easter coming up I wanted to make some baskets for all of my Chicago nephews.  In the past I’ve given them little felt baskets from Target, but this year I really wanted to make them myself.

These baskets are super easy to make and I made them using items that I already had around my house.  That means they cost my favorite price…F-R-E-E!

child easter baskets diy


To make these cutie baskets you will need:

easter basket from plastic containers

-Plastic containers (mine are left over from Chinese take-out)


-Glue gun

-Ribbon (1/2 inch and 1 inch size)

-Fusible interfacing (stiff)

-Non-fusible interfacing (soft) or any other type of fabric to put inside the basket


-Fabric letters (optional)


Step 1: Measure the circumference and height of your container.  Add an extra inch to the height.

easy easter basket for free  easter basket from chinese take out


Step 2: Cut a strip of fabric to wrap around your container (Side note: I bought this fabric from the thrift store! I had no idea they had fabric there.  I got about 2 yards for 99 cents.  Woot woot!)

easter basket diy for cheap


Step 3: Hot glue the fabric around your container.  Pull the extra fabric (height wise) to the bottom and glue down

striped easter basket diy

I intentionally left some pleats on the sides. I felt it made the basket look more fabric-y and less Chinese take-out-y

Step 4: Cut a circle from your felt to cover the bottom of the container.

felt and fabric easter basket diy


Glue the circle to the bottom of the container to cover the bunched up fabric.

diy easter basket



Step 5: Use a 1/2 ribbon as trim around the top of the container.  Just hot glue ‘er on!


Step 6: Cut a square of soft interfacing, or any other fabric, and stuff it into the basket.  You could also just use tissue paper…I just wanted mine to look soft and fuzzy.

kids fabric easter basket plastic container


Step 7: Time to make the basket handle.  I used 1 inch wide ribbon and fusible interfacing to give it stiffness.  Simply use an iron to fuse the ribbon to the interfacing, and cut it out.

ribbon and fabric easter basket

diy homemade easter basket



Step 8: Hot glue the handle to your container, behind the inside lining.  I also glued the inside interfacing to the container so it couldn’t fall out.

diy easter basket hot glue gun


Step 9: Decorate the basket.  I used cloth letters that I had on hand and glued them on to represent the first letter of each boys’ name.  You could also cut out letters or shapes from felt (you can see that below in my “D” basket).

easter basket stickers


That’s it! Stuff your new baskets will all sorts of goodies and watch the little ones squeal with delight!


easy diy easter basket for free


diy easter bunny basket


little boy loves easter basket

This little guy got his early since I won’t be seeing him on Easter. 


I’ll be spreading the word about these baskets here:

Wednesdays: Blue Cricket Design, Sew Much Ado, Eisy Morgan, My Girlish Whims, Savvy Southern Style, Someday Crafts, Handy Man Crafty Woman, The Thrifty Home, Lil Luna, Organize and Decorate Everything, Southern Lovely, Primp Your Stuff

Thursdays: Saved By Love, Fireflies & Jellybeans, Somewhat Simple, Yesterday on Tuesday, House of Hepworths, Beyond the Picketfence, Rhinestone Beagle, Momnivore’s Dilemma

Fridays: Remodelaholic, Serenity Now, delicateCONSTRUCTION, Chic On A Shoestring, 504 Main, Miss Mustard Seed, Happy Hour Projects, French Country Cottage, The Shabby Nest, Fun To Craft, Fingerprints on the Fridge, Freckled Laundry, Common Ground, One Artsy Mama

Weekends: Be Different Act Normal, Tatertots and Jello, Nifty Thrifty Things, I Heart Nap Time, Lolly Jane, Too Much Time On My Hands, Lady Bird Ln, Embellishing Life Everyday, Homemaker in Heels

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