Surprise Easter Basket
What you'll need
basket, pencil, cardboard, scissors, tissue paper, glue
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.
Originally published in the April 2014 issue of Parents magazine.