Easter egg & basket ideas

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Easter egg & basket ideas
Use feathers and acrylic paints to make Easter egg birds. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Easter heralds new beginnings, longer days and the sights and sounds of spring. Celebrate the changing seasons and the Easter holiday by embracing such traditions as decorating Easter eggs and filling baskets for young ones. While simple eggs may be single colours and simple baskets filled with jelly beans and chocolates, personalising your own Easter decor and celebrations is as easy as focusing on the opportunities that come with spring.

Paints and Patterns

While Easter egg kits typically give you little more than basic dyes and a wax crayon, using other art supplies allows you to customise your eggs in new fashion. Acrylic paints, for example, allow you to adorn your eggs with intricate designs, patterns, words or names. Draw patterns on an egg with glitter glue and sprinkle glitter over it to create sparkly patterns that catch the light, or layer it with Mod Podge and tissue paper to give it texture unlike anything you've seen on an egg.

Animal Eggs

Don't feel restricted to making your eggs look like eggs -- use accessories and paints to transform them into tiny creatures. Paint an egg with black and yellow stripes and a face, then glue on a pair of paper wings to make a spring bumblebee. Similarly, paint an egg red, glue on a small construction paper beak and attach some red craft flowers to make a cardinal. Black-and-white-painted eggs turn into penguins, while yellow eggs with craft feathers are Easter chicks.

Artistic Supplies

Spring is a time of pastels, bright colours and new life, so fill Easter baskets with supplies to help your loved ones embrace the season. Sidewalk chalk encourages young ones to go outside in the newly bright and warm sunlight, where they can decorate the sidewalks and driveway with colourful designs. Give other art-related gifts, such as paint sets, to help curious youngsters tap into their imaginative sides and create colourful, springy works of art.

Small Gifts

Children of any age can enjoy Easter, so give small, age-appropriate gifts in your baskets. Young children, for example, may like small stuffed rabbits and chicks, while older ones prefer toys and games. Treat preteens and teens to activities they can enjoy with their friends -- gift cards and movie tickets, for example, are small gifts that fit in a basket but carry significant value. Small gifts such as these give the basket's recipient the freedom to enjoy the holiday however they choose.

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