The materials are free and environmentally friendly! You can put them back in the recycle bin when the candy is all gone, or compost them and feed your garden.
You will need:
- empty tissue box
- newspaper (I prefer the brightly colored advertisements)
- candy (tragically, this is usually not freely available from the recycle bin)
If you have a choice, pick a box with an interesting pattern, or Easter-appropriate colors, on it.
(I did not originally intend to write this up as an Instructable, so it is going up in an untimely, post-Easter manner, but one of the recipients of the baskets encouraged me. You could even say he egged me on.)
Step 1: Prepare Box for Cutting
You may find it easier to cut through both the cardboard and plastic film, or to cut the cardboard and then pull the plastic off. I prefer the stupid, awkward, and painful method of reaching through the plastic film, into the inside of the box, to pull the plastic off BEFORE I start cutting the box, because this way I get the satisfaction of pulling it off in one piece.
Step 2: Shape the Box
If your box has a floral pattern, trim the box away around the flower edges, to highlight the shape. If the pattern wraps onto the TOP of the box, include those parts of the pattern, too, and unbend the cardboard so the flower is flat.
Step 3: Make the Filling
Step 4: Fill the Basket
Now the basket is ready to be stealthily placed on the desk or chair of the intended recipient. Stealthily because the Easter Chicken (or Bunny, if you prefer tradition) is a rare and never seen beast.