Here's how to make the ultimate Easter hamper

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Gifting flowers and chocolates for Easter is a much-loved tradition, but this year why not show your friends and family how much they mean to you by gifting them a thoughtful handmade present that goes beyond sending regular chocolate eggs – their own Easter hamper.

Whatever your level of craft experience, if you love making things you’ll get a lot of pleasure from making one. And there are so many Easter hamper ideas for how to decorate your DIY gift, what to put inside it and of course, who to make it for.

Hopping good ideas for what to put in an Easter hamper

Easter hamper baskets can be made for adults and children and as well as filling them with delicious chocolates and sweet treats, you can add in other seasonal ideas. We love hampers packing with bunting and Easter decorations, as well as cupcakes and hot cross buns for adults and a soft toy and colouring book for the kids.

If you’re organising an Easter egg hunt, hampers are the perfect Easter gift for the winner. If you’re involved in a local community group you may want to make Easter egg hampers as prizes for a fundraising raffle – there are so many options and ideas for Easter hampers. The fun begins when you start looking for the perfect hamper.

Choosing your hamper

Easter hampers don’t need to be inside larger wicker boxes, you can make small ones and fill them with mini eggs and other miniature gifts, or use a standard basket with a rounded handle, or even a regular gift box.

Here are some great Easter baskets and boxes to use as your hamper base.

Egg-citing ways to decorate your Easter hamper

There are two main aspects to think about: the exterior of your basket, which you could decorate with ribbons, flowers and seasonal motifs, and the interior which you could line with fabric. You can either leave the basket open or wrap cellophane around it and then tie on a large bow.

Here are some great embellishments and decorative details that you can incorporate into your hamper that even the Easter bunny would be impressed by!

Decorating your basket is where you can really get your craft juices flowing! The most striking element of any Easter hamper is to have a large bow as a focal point. You don't need to make a bow, it can be easier and quicker to buy pulled bows. These come as strips, you then follow the instructions to pull them together to create the perfect gift bow.

Look for hanging decorations like these carrots and eggs as this makes it easier to attach to a hamper, especially if you're using a traditional wicker basket as there will be gaps to attach decorative elements to.

If you want to add a fabric liner to your hamper, follow our easy sewing tutorial for how to make one and don't forget to use an Easter print fabric.

Finally, drop in some surprise confetti. It's always a joy to come across when you least expect it.

Gorgeous gifts to put inside an Easter hamper

Set yourself a budget. It can be easy to get carried away but always remember it’s the thought that counts not the cost. Filling a hamper with handmade treats will always be appreciated but if you don’t have time to make every element, don’t worry, simply put in some small shop-bought gifts too. Here are some Easter hamper ideas for what to put in alongside edible goodies.

Most children will be have a fortnight of school holidays around Easter so a hamper is a great way to keep them occupied with activities. A book, a craft activity and some baking ideas will spark their imagination and make them feel like they are having a full Easter experience.

All children enjoy colouring in, so add in some sheets, a colouring book or activity pack. There are some great toys and games around too, dominoes are perfect because they're an activity that can enjoyed alone and with grown-up so bring them out when family like grandparents come to visit.

Receiving an Easter hamper is such a lovely gesture. Adults can often be so busy shopping for Easter eggs and organising Easter egg hunts and activities that they forget about themselves. If you're making a hamper for a friend or relative think about the things that would bring them ease.

A small cross-stitch kit is something they can do while they have their feet up with a cuppa, but they'll also enjoy trying something new. A cookery book like this fun Mini Eggs one will inspire them to get into the seasonal spirit, or gift them a kit like this delicious hot cross bun baking set. Finally, don't forget to pop in some pampering products like a scented candle and bathing treats.

Get inspired by these Easter hampers

Now you’ve decided who you’re gifting your hamper to, considered the type of hamper, how to decorate it and what to put inside it, here are some gorgeous Easter hamper ideas to get you in the mood for making yours.

Easter bunny hamper

It's bunny season and this hamper idea is guaranteed to bring smiles to animal lovers. Though the bunny soft toy and chocolates are the focal point, you can incorporate themed gifts such as a Peter Rabbit book. Add faux flowers to fill in gaps and finish with a large bow.

Pampering Easter hamper

Busy adults will appreciate some quiet moments to themselves over the holiday period. Rather than a large chocolate egg, pop in some small snack size edibles alongside bathing products such a soothing bath soak and a relaxing candle. Give it the Easter feels by incorporating decorative eggs and flowers.

Marvellous miniature basket

Easter hampers can be made in any size and shape. If you're making a few, stick with smaller hampers like this one – you can still fit a lot in! Alongside chocolates, add in small fluffy chicks, place gifts like hairclips inside draw string bags and create shape and structure at the back of the hamper with a book or colouring kit.

Stylish hamper for young fashionistas

You don't have to stick to traditional Easter items. Spring heralds the start of sunny weather so popping in some sunglasses and sunshine decorations adds a fun element. These classic jelly baskets can be used all year round. You may have one at home you can style for Easter and then change throughout the year for different hampers, filled with holiday gifts like tiny collectables, notebooks and pens.

Cracking craft hamper

This is a gift idea that can be adjusted for all occasions – every crafter will love to receive one! Fill a hamper, box or basket with craft supplies like paints, mini craft kits, stamps and stickers and then pop in some eggs and flowers. What a treat to receive – you may want to make one for yourself!

Happy crafting and happy Easter!

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