Saturday, April 10, 2010

Mini Easter Basket

Make a fun little basket out of an empty 2 liter plastic bottle!   It is super easy and took less than 10 minutes and cost me nothing as I had all of the supplies on hand.

I made this for Easter, but it could also be used to hold party favors for a birthday party.  I had hoped to get this posted before Easter, but I started a new job two weeks ago and I am behind in my postings and crafting.  I am participating in Dollar Store Crafts Stash Bust and have lots of projects to use up stuff from my stash.

Items used for this project:
  • 2 liter bottle  - empty and rinsed out
  • Craft or Kitchen Scissors
  • Candle
  • Matches or Lighter
  • Amazing Goop Glue or Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Ribbon (around 24 inches)
  • 1 clear stone or button
  • Easter Grass or shredded paper
  • Candy or other small goodies

I used an empty Mountain Dew 2 liter bottle and rinsed it out and removed the label, but you might want to leave the label on as a reference point for cutting.  Pinch it on one side and cut into it just below where the bottom of the label was (is) and cut all the way around.

Light the candle and hold the cut edge to the flame close to it, but not directly on the flame and the plastic will curl under on the edges so you won't have rough edges.   The challenge is to get it to look even all the way around.

Cut a length of ribbon for the handle - I didn't measure it but I am guessing it was about 12 inches long.   Glue each end to the bottle bottom on each side about an inch down from the top edge.

To hide where you have glued the handle, wrap a piece of ribbon around the top edge of the bottle, overlapping slightly and then cut the length you want then glue it down then pick a clear stone or a button to embellish it.  I chose to glue mine and make it off center to make it a little different, but you could do it however you would like.

Fill with Easter grass and small candies.


  1. Cute! I made easter baskets out of milk jugs this year - similar process!

  2. Gosh, I love the idea of using milk jugs! I am going to try that next year.

  3. Wonderful tutorial! I loved the outcome!
    Great post!! I included it in my post Βόλτα στη Γειτονιά #26 :)
    Have a great week!!