Thursday, April 5, 2012

Cupcake Paper Easter Baskets

         Easter Basket History: Did you know...

Easter baskets grew out of the Christian observance of Lent, giving up meat, eggs and dairy. The custom of having a large Easter supper represents the end of the Lenten fast. In more ancient times, this feast was brought to the church in large baskets to be blessed by the Clergy. Hence the connection to Easter Baskets today. It is interesting to note that the Jewish tradition of Purim which takes place at this time of year, is also celebrated with the giving of food baskets, and has Queen Esther as the heroine of the Purim story. In the 1700s German children in North America would leave their caps and bonnets filled with straw outside overnight and find colored hard cooked eggs tucked inside in the morning. By the 1800s candy was commonly included in the baskets. Along with the renewal of the earth the idea of birth and rebirth, the egg became a symbol in the Christian Easter celebration and is still used today. Eggs were painted and decorated and given as gifts. As technology improved there were hollow eggs crafted from cardboard and were filled with smaller gifts. {source and to learn more}

Our little Easter baskets are quick, easy and a lot of fun to make and use for an Easter party favor, place setting, little Easter gift or as a centerpiece by clustering several different ones together.

What you will need to make these Easter baskets: a variety of cupcake papers with interesting shapes and designs; pipe cleaners and Easter candy. Depending on how heavy the cupcake papers are, you may need to double them so they stand up well to being filled with goodies.

To make these: using your pipe cleaner, poke a little whole on each side of the cupcake paper, insert the pipe cleaner, and pull it through a little and than bend it back and twist it around itself to secure. Do the same on the other side.

                   Now, fill up your little cupcake baskets with your candy or other treats.

                       We chose some chocolate foil lambs. Aren't they cute!

Of course the Lamb is symbolic at Easter, and the number of Lambs we used, 3, is symbolic of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Flowers at Easter are incorporated here in the flower shaped cupcake paper and the little flower gummy candy we used.

Little details like adding a bow makes it a little more special and perfect for a little girls Easter basket.

                 The colors of the candy are so pretty and look like a Spring flower bouquet!

We added some fringed card stock to this basket so it would like grass to use it more for a boys Easter basket.

                          We chose colorful gummy worms for the boys basket candy!

  Boys, and some girls, will love the way the worms are crawling out of the basket.

Little ones can keep their hands busy, and have fun making up these Easter baskets to give to friends and teachers.

An Easter basket is like a Christmas stocking, no matter how old you get, you still love receiving one! Be inspired, get creative!

I cry out to the Lord with my voice;
With my voice to the Lord I make my supplication.
I pour out my complaint before Him;
I declare before Him my trouble.
Psalm 142:1-2

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  1. Those are really cute and so simple. I love them!

  2. Cute baskets! My kids would like making these...maybe for May Day??