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Make a Nature Easter Basket


Capture Spring at its Best!


This charming project is perfect for the garden or nature lover in your life! It's basically an Easter basket that's decorated to look like a bird's nest. Here's what you'll need in terms of supplies:

  • A basket, any size, in unpainted, natural materials
  • Natural color raffia (a hay-like decorative material)
  • Craft foam for flower arranging
  • Hot glue and a hot glue gun (or a very firm-setting craft glue)
  • A few small silk or other artificial flowers
  • Decorative add-ons: artificial bees or butterflies

Step One: Flowers

Cut the foam square to a size that will fill up the bottom of your basket. Set it inside of the basket. Take a few of the silk flowers or greenery and stick the pieces into the foam around the edges.

Step Two: Build a Nest

The raffia comes in a long bundle; if you twist a bit you'll be able to wrap it into a flat circle that resembles a bird's nest. You won't need to worry about tying it, it should hold that shape as you set it into the basket on top of the foam and between the flowers.

Step Three: Treats!

Because this basket contains a nest, there's only one natural choice for contents: eggs! Fill it with plastic eggs that are full of candy, creme eggs and chocolate eggs. For an extra touch of whimsy, put in a small stuffed animal like a Beanie Baby bird.

Step Four: Add a Greeting

Use a nature, or springtime, themed Easter card like the one shown here. Place it standing vertically but on a slight angle by gently pressing down enough for one corner of the card to stick into the craft foam at the bottom of the basket.

Easter chick card
If you'd like to add a bit more decoration, place the bees and butterflies on just one side of the handle in a cluster using hot glue.

Step Five: Embellishments

If your basket has a handle, weave more artificial flowers near the bottom of each side, leaving the top/center curve free to be held in the recipient's hand.

If you'd like to add a bit more decoration, place the bees and butterflies on just one side of the handle in a cluster using hot glue.

Written by: Melanie Henson