An Upcycled Easter Basket

Upcycled Easter Basket | A Simple Haven

Easter is a mysterious holiday. I’ve read explanations of its annual movement through the calendar, but always get lost amongst the spring equinoxes, new moons, and Passovers–which is unsurprising, as I seem to lose I.Q. points with each successive child I birth.

And then there’s the eggs and bunnies. I’ve researched the history of these only a little, but still can’t seem to make a reasonable connection between clandestine colored eggs, baskets of chocolate rabbits, and Jesus is Risen.

Here, I’m not sure it’s a matter of I.Q. points.

In any case, the basket is where we’ll focus our attention today.

My Easter basket quandary began last year, when I was torn between not wanting the sacred holiday to be overrun by foil-wrapped candy rabbits and simply wanting to continue a beloved childhood tradition.

Hubs and I concluded that since we were in charge of creating and explaining our family traditions, we could include Easter baskets in the celebrations while still being intentional to focus on the historical truths of Easter.

But, being minimalist-ish, I still didn’t want to spend loads of time or money on Easter baskets for the littles. So this year I set the following parameters:

I would only put in the baskets what I could find around the house.

Fun game, right?

Actually, I enjoyed the challenge.  And when my hunt was over, my findings fell into three main categories.

Upcycled Easter Basket | A Simple Haven

How to Fill an {Upcycled} Easter Basket

1.) Your Own Childhood Toys

I dug through boxes and found a few items in good condition that I thought my kids might enjoy. For the Bun, I found a baby carrier and a Brambly Hedge lunch box.

I also uncovered a gigantic stuffed rabbit, but Bun was watching and declared it to be her new favorite before I could wrestle it from her grip and throw it in the basket. We always name her animals and dolls, but I can’t think of anything to call this monstrosity besides “Big Bunny.” It. is. ginormous.

2.) Objects from the Kitchen and Pantry.

I’ve been lamenting Bun’s bare play-kitchen pantry for months. So, I started saving empty seasoning containers with which to stock her shelves. They’re more realistic than the plastic ones you can buy and baby brother will enjoy taking the lids off.

Besides, nothing says “He is risen!” like a can of Trader Joe’s aluminum-free baking powder.

Now, if you think I’m lame for giving my kid empty salt, sprinkles, and baking powder containers as presents, consider how many times you’ve questioned why you buy toys when all your kids want is wooden spoons and a pot.

They are more easily satisfied than we often imagine.

3.) Simple Handmade Gifts

Using fabric and elastic I had on hand, I whipped up a new ruffled headband for the Bun. If you have even a small stash of fabric, you could also appliqué a t-shirt or onesie, make a fabric rosette pin or headband, or sew a zippered pouch.

Shoot, you could even make a stuffed animal if you had some batting laying around (or you could bend the rules and head to Hobby Lobby). This site has a crazy amount of free patterns for every animal imaginable.

If my daughter’s crib wasn’t already overrun with “friends,” I’d make her this one.

Now to go fill a basket for Buckaroo.

Will you be making Easter baskets this year?

*This post originally appeared here at ASH last year, but as I’ll be upcycling Easter baskets again this year, it seemed like a good time to dig it out. 🙂

Happy Easter! He is Risen!

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Jenn is a mommy of three and wife to her best friend. She enjoys good books, dinner guests, elevenses, and proper apostrophe use.

  • Ana @ Lessons From Yesterday

    I love that wire basket–where did you get it? (Please don’t say an obscure flea market, and you’ve never seen another one since! 😉 ) And the He is risen Trader Joe’s baking powder comment, too hilarious! One year we did nice kites in Easter baskets–ones that I hope will last, not the dollar store variety.

    • Ana, unfortunately, it’s even worse than an obscure flea market: my mom sent it to me a few years ago. 🙁 (And she probably found it at an obscure flea market anyway, so there you go).

      Kites! I love it.

      • Ana @ Lessons From Yesterday

        Well, thanks anyway, at least I have something new to lookout for on my own flea market hunts! 🙂