It’s so easy to have a junky Easter. Everything in the big-box stores is cheap, everything is made in China, and EVERYTHING is plastic.
Want to do better?
Whether you want to incorporate just a few eco-friendly ideas or go whole-hog sustainable, check out the following plans to green every part of your Easter basket. Have tips of your own to contribute? Please add them in the Comments, and together we can build a community-driven ideas resource.
- candle holder: Empty jars from container candles make excellent small-sized Easter baskets–think teacher gifts, party favors, or baskets for older kids who’d rather have gift cards than stuffed bunnies. For a non-glass option, try frosting tubs, plastic soda bottles, or other food packaging.
- felted wool: The felted wool Easter basket is just one of the ideas Bonnie points to in her upcycled Easter basket round-up. In her post, you can also find tutorials for a milk jug Easter basket, a woven cardboard food packaging Easter basket, and a crocheted plastic bag Easter basket.
- fabric and sewing skills: Although this Easter-themed tote bag does require some new materials, it’s the only Easter basket that you’ll ever have to make. Use it yearly, then pass it down to the next generation of kids.
- toilet paper tube: Need to divvy up candy? Forget the plastic baggies and cellophane wrap, and whip together this toilet paper tube Easter bunny candy holder. Hint: it wouldn’t be hard to make this little critter into a bat, or a Cupid, or a leprechaun, or…
- pretty paper: Use either stash scrapbook paper or found papers to fold an origami bunny candy holder.
- brown paper bags: These brown paper treat bags are quick to make, since you can zip them through the sewing machine instead of waiting for glue to dry, and kids will be thrilled when the discover that they get to RIP them open!
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