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It’s Easter again, and unlike last year, I won’t be writing about getting creative during a lockdown. That’s the good news. But, this last year has been brutal on the finances for most people. No need to cancel Easter, though. 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.

Here’s how to make your own:

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1. Save money by buying items you can split between multiple 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.

 

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

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

This way, your kids can re-use 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.

 

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: 1. This will allow you to get away with using less “grass” per basket; and 2. 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 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.

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.

 

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

 

9. Tie it off with ribbon.

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

Presentation. Everything.

 

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

 

11. Here Are Your Dollar Tree Easter Basket Item Lists

Two Easter baskets sit on a table while a woman stands behind them adding an item.

Hulk Easter Basket: $16.50 total

Foam Glider Plane
Marshmallow Peeps
Bubble Wand (2-pack split)
Marvel Activity Book
Sidewalk Chalk
Washable colored glue
Foam Putty
Mad Libs
Marvel Puzzle
Silly Putty
Silly String
Hulk Mask
Plastic Baseball bat/ball
Container of Lay’s Chips
Spider-Man Suncatcher Paint Kit

Fairy Easter Basket: $15.50 total

Boom Chicka Pop
Marshmallow Peeps
Bubble Wand (2-pack split)
Disney Frozen Activity Coloring Book
Disney Frozen Puzzle
Container of Lay’s Chips
Disney Princess Suncatcher Paint Kit
Wall Stickers
Trolls Hair Hugger
Paintable Wooden Rainbow Decor
Disney Princess Colorforms
Fairy Wings
Daisy Wind Spinner
Nail Polish
Barbie Kitten Toy

Items for both baskets: $10 total

Starburst, Skittles, Nerds, Gummies
Storage containers
Grass (2 bags)
Bags
Ribbon

Total for each basket: $21.50/$21.50

 

 

12. Other Dollar Tree Easter Basket Ideas

A woman wearing a mask shopping inside dollar tree, in the toy aisle.

 

 

Super Cheap Freakin' Amazing DIY Dollar Tree Easter Baskets!