Get creative with baskets this Easter

NEW YORK — With Easter coming up it’s time to start plotting how to reinvent your kids’ baskets from last year.

Some ideas:

GET CREATIVE WITH POPCORN: Is there anything more versatile than popcorn?

You can chocofy it, caramelize it or dye it in your favorite Easter hues. Try adding jellybeans or other Easter candy for added color, and mini marshmallows for added texture.

There’s no end to the mixes and flavor combinations. This is your chance to have some fun. An abundance of recipes already exist on the internet. The site Twosisterscrafting.com used salted sweet cream, primary color jellybeans and pastel sprinkles for an Easter feel.

MAKE SOME CARROTS: Or at least carrot shapes. Look for packs of carrot-shaped cello bags at craft and other stores and have at it. Fill them with Reese’s pieces or fish-shaped crackers for a carrot-orange look.

Cello-wrapped carrot cargo fits nicely with just about anything else you might want to include in kids’ Easter baskets. If you’re going for the real-carrot feel, add a little green ribbon at the top.

DITCH THE BASKET: Forget the traditional basket and fill a dump truck, inflatable wading pool or toy shopping cart with gifts and treats. Kids often ditch a basic basket but would have loads of fun with these receptacles.

A pull wagon would work, or a cartoon- or character-themed bucket filled with matching items.

One creative soul on Pinterest made good use of a clear vinyl rain umbrella, laying down a bed of iridescent plastic Easter grass on the inside and nestling toys and treats on top. Others used baseball caps as the catchall. One twist for what goes inside: Put a chocolate kiss in a plastic egg with a slip of paper that details something you love about the recipient, suggests Sherry Rchert Belul of the gift site SimplyCelebrate.net.

Lia Griffith, a DIY crafter and designer, made a cute, sturdy Easter basket out of upcycled brown-paper grocery bags using a woven design. The project takes four to five bags.

REACH FOR STRING: You know those string eggs made by soaking yarn or embroidery thread in diluted glue, homemade paste or sugar water, then wrapping it around a water balloon before popping for a lattice look? Take that an extra step for Easter.

Open up a wide hole and create an Easter diorama, or keep it simple using Easter grass and a large chocolate bunny. Or take on a favorite theme, such as icy blue and white for “Frozen.” Use bright yellow string and the big gap as the wide open mouth of a candy-filled Minion. Add bits of ribbon trim or blingy faux jewels. Head to Pinterest for inspiration.

PEEPS ON STICKS: The peeps at Peeps come up with new types and flavors every year. Try poking them with chocolate-dipped and embellished pretzels, or pairing them with other easily pokable treats using kebab skewers. One health-conscious pinner paired Peeps on a stick with strawberries and chunks of colorful fruit.

Wrap your Peeps on sticks in cello and add a colorful tie or ribbon. Make a bouquet of Peeps on sticks and arrange them in a vase or basket with Easter grass and other treats.

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