Kellye Fox | 

Super Cheap Freakin' Amazing DIY Dollar Tree Easter Baskets!

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It’s time to start thinking about Easter baskets again. Instead of buying a preassembled one, save some dough and make Dollar Tree Easter baskets. When you head to discount stores, you already know how much each product is, so just use your creative juices to make it special (and affordable).

Since this last year has been brutal on the finances for most people, there’s no need to cancel Easter. Fundamentally, Easter isn’t really about toys and candy anyway. Baskets aside, another option is to gather your family to make easy Easter crafts. If you’re planning to head out, be sure to check which businesses are closed on Easter Sunday.

These DIY Dollar Tree Easter Baskets are something my kids go bananas for, without even knowing that I only spent around $20 on each. I gotta say, they look super expensive and are game changers around my house.

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1. Save money buying items you can split between multiple Dollar Tree Easter baskets.

A person pulling a ring pop out of the packaging with three others on the table next to two bubble wands

If you have more than one kiddo, this is genius. And little toys like bubbles, putty or clay, and sidewalk chalk are easy enough to split among several baskets. On the Dollar Tree website, you can buy in bulk, so you can double up on favorites, make baskets for your friends and family, or donate a basket to a local charity like Project Bunny.

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2. Forget about actual Easter baskets. Use storage bins or buckets!

A person holding a pink storage basket in front of a dollar store shelf filled with other storage baskets.

Step up your presentation game and do away with those wicker baskets. Wire baskets are more useful and come in an assortment of colors and shapes. This way, your kids can reuse their “baskets” for toys or homework. No need to buy a straw basket that just ends up in the trash anyway.


3. Remove the packaging so you can fit more stuff in there.

A person removing pink dress up wings from their packaging. An Easter basket filled with other items is in the background.

I know, I know. For some of you this is a no-brainer. But I’ve been guilty of late night, sleepy Easter basket assembly where I don’t even remove the tags. If you take everything out of the packaging, it’s easier to move things around and arrange them in the basket.


4. Split candy into plastic Easter Eggs.

A pile of candy is on a countertop surrounded by plastic Easter eggs. A person is filling an egg with some of the candy.

This is kind of like the first tip. Trust me, they’ll be eating candy all day, so the last thing they need is an entire bag of Sour Patch Kids. Consider non-chocolate candy because, in my experience, they melt in the sun during Easter egg hunts.


5. Fill the bottom of your basket with newspaper or shopping bags.

Toys and items are on the counter surrounding a pink basket. Newspaper is crumpled up inside of the basket and a person is pulling Easter grass from the packaging to put inside the basket.

You can use the same bags they put your items in at the Dollar Tree. The reason for this is twofold: one, this will allow you to get away with using less “grass” per basket; and two, the grass doesn’t support heavy items and they sink. You can cover the bags or newspapers with grass. I was able to use one bag cut in two for both my Dollar Tree Easter baskets. If you’re concerned about the newspapers showing, use the comics section.



6. Tape tall items to the back of your basket.

A person holding a roll of Scotch tape is using a piece to secure a green plastic Dollar Tree baseball bat to a gray basket.
A person is pulling a piece of tape from the dispenser in front of a pink Easter basket filled with items.

Listen, your Dollar Tree Easter baskets might be affordable, but they don’t have to be flimsy. Nothing worse than floppy things tipping over the basket. Don’t skip this step or you will hear a crash in the middle of the night and see candy/toys all over your kitchen. Yes, this happened. Not the kind of hunting I want to do again at 3 a.m.


7. Put smaller, heavier items toward the front.

A woman stands behind the counter arranging items inside a large pink Easter basket.

Yeah, extra insurance that Tip 6 doesn’t happen to you. Plus, it looks more balanced, and your recipient can get a better glimpse into all of the goodies.


8. Put your basket inside an Easter bag.

A woman holds up a package that says basket bags, two pack, in front of an Easter basket and a spool of pastel colored ribbon.
A woman pulls an Easter themed Easter basket bag over a basket filled with items.

These cute Easter basket bags are sold in a 2-pack at the Dollar Tree. Why do you need one? Well, there’s Tip 6. Plus, if you have pets, this is extra-extra disaster insurance. And it looks cute and gives the kids something to unwrap, which is fun. Presentation is everything.

Related: 14 Ridiculously Easy Easter Crafts Anyone Can Do


9. Tie it off with ribbon.

A woman uses orange handled scissors to curl ribbon tied at the top of an Easter basket

Just like those holiday presents, “zhuzh” up the basket with some decorative ribbon at the top. Maybe add some Easter stickers to reinforce the theme.


10. Stand back and admire your hard work.
Two large Easter baskets wrapped in Easter themed basket bags sitting on and tables

You did it. A Dollar Tree Easter basket is a fun, genius, and affordable way to bring smiles to kiddos. And you can adjust the size of the basket to fit your budget.

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