cheap + chic easter crafts


Are you in a pinch to create Easter party favors for school or Sunday brunch?  Worry no more, I scanned some favorite sites and hooked you up.  Every project is easy, affordable and pretty.


These cute little bunny envelopes look like a snap to make.  Click here for directions.

After seeing this, I was inspired to make these little paper baskets below.  This was very easy and supplies were only about $4.  They're simply made from white paper lunch bags that I bought at Target.  A pack of 50 costs about $2.  Lay them flat and cut out a reverse "T" shape using scalloped scissors.  Then cut off the extra tab and tape the end into a handle.  Easy.  Specific directions are here.  

I haven't filled them with goodies yet, but here is one from a batch I'm making.  I had some leftover stickers from another project, so I popped one on the side of the basket.  A monogram sticker would be cool too.  How adorable would this be with three little pastel crayons and a tiny notepad peeking out of the top?  I'm a big believer that kids don't always need tons of candy in an Easter basket.  Trinkets can be far more interesting!


These would make an adorable Easter party favor for classmates or even a teacher.  They really don't have to be just for kids.  I may give a few to my own peeps.  How about
bringing one into to your boss?  Load it up with
a few Godiva chocolates and a Starbucks giftcard.  I bet you'll get an extra
day off.

Getting back to kids, you can also make a construction paper grass basket or even a flying bird basket which are both pretty darn cute.

I had plenty of leftover paper strips after making my lunch bag baskets and saw this so I made small accordion tags as labels with the scraps.


How about some super cute Easter cups?  Directions here.


Since this next one involves working with existing bags, ribbon and construction paper, I qualify it as both as easy and affordable.  And look how pretty.  Maybe my husband is secretly in his office pretending to work while he makes me one.  Ha!  Directions are right here.


Okay, this next one is probably not a kid-friendly project but I still love the way these votives look.  So all of the young marrieds with no offspring, go for it.  The how-to is right here.

Picture 3

And while we're on the topic of being incredibly creative with eggs, check this out.  This one's for any green thumbs.  It's an egg planter.  Love the colorful combination of purple flowers and blue shredded paper.  Here are the directions.


Here's a very green idea that could be a creative hostess gift.  Fill half a carton with goodies and attach a note inside. Wrap it in a bow and it's ready to impress.


And for the bakers, here's a fun bunny cake.  Directions here.


Whether you're planning a quiet Sunday brunch, hosting an Easter egg hunt or dressing up like the Easter bunny for 47 screaming toddlers, hope this post inspired some creative ideas.  Happy planning!


[images courtesty of moi, Martha Stewart Living, Country Living, and Better Homes and Gardens]

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  1. Cindy
    Posted April 8, 2009 at 6:49 pm | Permalink | Edit

    How precious are these ideas!??!!? Thanks so much for sharing!
    Happy Easter!

  2. Posted April 8, 2009 at 7:14 pm | Permalink | Edit

    I loved this post! I am hosting an Easter egg hunt and was trying to think of some easy, cute crafts. These are perfect. Thanks, Seleta!

  3. Posted April 8, 2009 at 8:32 pm | Permalink | Edit

    Seleta, too darling! Several are truly easy as well!

  4. Roxanne
    Posted April 8, 2009 at 9:01 pm | Permalink | Edit

    Thanks for gathering the ideas, Seleta. They are all darling. You can make a lunch bag look like a bunny by cutting ear shapes at the top, cut out the sides and staple the ears together at the top…draw on a nose, whiskers, eyes and glue a cotton ball on the back for a cotton tail. Happy Easter, Roxanne

  5. Posted April 8, 2009 at 10:28 pm | Permalink | Edit

    Fun Fun Fun Seleta! I’m sending my kids to your house this Easter! Send me pics would ya?

  6. kathy
    Posted April 8, 2009 at 11:58 pm | Permalink | Edit

    I love every single pic. in this post. They are so very happy, one has to smile. Thanks for sharing!!

  7. Posted April 9, 2009 at 2:50 am | Permalink | Edit

    What a wonderful collection of ideas! I’m not a very skilled craftsperson. When I create something, it always looks as if a disinterested pre-schooler has done it. BUT, when I dream – I can keep pace with MARTHA! Oh yeah!

  8. Posted April 9, 2009 at 3:27 am | Permalink | Edit

    love the egg carton with some chocolate eggs in it!

  9. Posted April 9, 2009 at 6:40 am | Permalink | Edit

    Great ideas! My daughter’s teacher actually used the bag/basket idea using large paper grocery sacks that the kids painted and added ribbon- they will use these for their easter egg hunt at school today. I love it.
    Happy Easter everyone. :-)

  10. Posted April 9, 2009 at 8:11 am | Permalink | Edit

    Wow, thank you for sharing! I really enjoyed the paper baskets and the two egg ideas, and I think I’ll have to get busy!
    Awesome ideas!

  11. Posted April 9, 2009 at 8:49 am | Permalink | Edit

    You are so rich with ideas and remind me of my mother, she always had us crafting and creating on a shoestring. Somehow it makes one more creative, but then again, I still want that “Martha” craft room kitted out with all the best supplies.

  12. Cindy Krutz
    Posted April 9, 2009 at 11:41 am | Permalink | Edit

    Thanks for the great ideas. I may have to use one of them this weekend!!!

  13. Willow
    Posted April 9, 2009 at 2:10 pm | Permalink | Edit

    So adorable!! We are hoping that the Easter Bunny pays a visit to us girls at Willow!!!

  14. Posted April 10, 2009 at 8:23 am | Permalink | Edit

    I love the hydrangeas in the egg cups. So pretty for Easter!!

  15. Posted April 10, 2009 at 11:21 am | Permalink | Edit

    All so very sweet! Now, where are my scalloped scissors?

  16. Posted April 10, 2009 at 9:20 pm | Permalink | Edit

    Oh I loved all of this…reminds me of the days I did so many fun things when my kids were growing up.
    Blessings to you for a wonderful Easter.

  17. Posted April 11, 2009 at 6:19 am | Permalink | Edit

    Ohmygosh! I love ALL of those!
    And to think this year I took a “time out” from Easter things!! (I’m just too tired to be crafty this easter – I’ll enjoy just looking at everyone else’s fancy things.).

  18. Posted April 11, 2009 at 8:19 am | Permalink | Edit

    These are so lovely. Happy Easter. Wishing all good things from my home to yours.

  19. Posted April 12, 2009 at 9:02 am | Permalink | Edit

    So pretty, so sweet, so Seleta!
    Hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter!.
    Much love,
    xo xo

  20. Posted April 20, 2009 at 5:12 pm | Permalink | Edit

    I love those eggshell votives, Martha Stewart is a genius, everything she touches is gold!

  21. Cheryl
    Posted February 28, 2010 at 10:11 am | Permalink | Edit

    Wonderful ideas! My daughter’s first birthday falls on Easter this year, so I am looking for some ideas I can use for a combo Easter lunch/birthday. LOVE the bunny cake– much classier using the cookies! Thanks for the great ideas!

  22. Posted March 27, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Permalink | Edit

    i just love all of these super stylish easter ideas

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