How To Make a World-Class Easter Basket

My mom was a class-A superhero when it came to making Easter baskets. Really, any gift basket at all. She had the Midas touch for it. And not to brag too much, but I too can make a mean gift basket. It helps when you learn from the best. Below are a few of her trade secrets.

The number one mistake people make when putting together an Easter basket is that they get a basket that is too big. When it’s too big, the baskets look skimpy. Here’s the secret: you start with a smaller basket than you think you need so that items are spilling over the top and making a big statement. This may require pre-planning and knowing what you will put in the basket before purchasing that actual basket. That way you have an idea of what will give you the desired effect.


The Chickie Basket


Once you have the right basket you need a base. Depending on the depth of your basket you may need a lot of Easter grass. In order to not break the bank on Easter grass – and to not get that stuff everywhere! – add a bunch of tissue at the bottom to give it height, then add the grass. If tissue still doesn’t do it and/or you need to put heavy things in your basket, then put a small, heavy-duty cardboard box in the bottom, then cover with layers of tissue and grass as necessary. The box will keep everything from falling into the other soft materials.


The Lamby Basket


Next, you start adding. I always make my baskets with one focal point, meaning they aren’t designed to be viewed in the round, but rather head on. It keeps things simple while still being dramatic. To do that, I put the biggest and most flat things in the back. Think puzzles and books. These items should be inserted so each thing can be seen. That means a lot of angles, which gives the illusion of spilling over. Then I add the odd-shaped items like stuffed bunnies and chicks, chocolate Easter bunnies, and candy-filled Easter eggs. To top it all off, I sprinkle wrapped candy all around, tucking something in every crack and crevasse of the basket.


The Bunny Basket


We made the three baskets you see here with a few of the goodies that we have at the store (see below for a close-up of the items). Tuck in a chocolate bunny, an Easter egg or two, and some miscellaneous wrapped candy, and you’re good to go. We hope you have as much fun making your baskets as the Easter Bunny does!


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