Easter is a great time for children to get involved in craft projects. One project that’s fun and also useful is a milk carton Easter basket. Have your children make the baskets a few days before Easter so they’ll have their own basket for hunting eggs. The baskets also make great keepsakes for years to come and can be re-used year after year. To make a milk carton Easter basket, you’ll need a clean, dry milk carton, a one-inch by eight-inch strip of card stock, construction paper, miscellaneous craft supplies for decorating the basket such as lace and felt pens, and plastic grass. You’ll also need a stapler, scissors, white glue, and a knife. Young children may need adult supervision when handling these supplies. To begin, stand the carton on its end, and use a knife to cut the top off of the milk carton about four inches from the bottom. The strip of card stock will make the handle. Staple one end of it to one side of the milk carton and staple the other end of the strip to the opposite side of the carton. Cut a piece of construction paper to fit around the outside of the carton. If one piece won’t fit, use four pieces of construction paper and cut them to fit. You can use the same color all around or use a combination of colors. Glue the paper on to the basket. Next, decorate your basket using whatever craft supplies you have on hand. One idea is to glue lace to the top rim of the basket and draw spring flowers using felt pens. Beads, feathers, sequins, and buttons are a few creative decorating options. Place plastic grass in your basket. Now it’s ready to fill with Easter treats.
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