How to Craft a Surprise Easter Basket

Sweet! The false bottom on this basket hides a second layer of candy.

Surprise Easter Basket

Surprise Easter Basket

Lucy Shaeffer

Surprise Easter Basket

Lucy Shaeffer

What you'll need

basket, pencil, cardboard, scissors, tissue paper, glue

Make It

1. Trace the bottom of your basket onto a piece of cardboard. Add about 1/2" to the traced shape to make it slightly bigger than the basket's base. Cut out cardboard shape and fit it into your basket. (It should sit about halfway down the depth of the basket.) Trim cardboard if necessary.

2. Once your cardboard piece sits inside nicely, trace a smaller shape within the center to create a 3/4" border all around the perimeter. Cut out the center, creating a frame.

3. Cut two pieces of tissue paper slighting larger than your cardboard frame. Trace the shape on the tissue paper and add 1" on all sides to create a shape larger than frame; cut out.

4. Apply glue to one side of cardboard frame and use it to stick on one piece of tissue paper so that tissue is centered over the frame. Repeat with the second piece of tissue paper.

5. Carefully cut 3/4" slits into the excess tissue paper that is hanging past the edge of the cardboard frame. Wrap these around the underside of the frame and glue them in place. Repeat with both pieces of tissue paper.

6. Place candy in basket, then place tissue-wrapped cardboard frame in the basket and cover with paper grass.

Surprise Easter Basket
Surprise Easter Basket

Originally published in the April 2014 issue of Parents magazine.

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