Peat Pot Easter Baskets & Easter Gift Ideas

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Small Easter Baskets Peat Pot Craft

Peat pot Easter baskets are an easy way to combine the love of a handmade Easter gift with a purchased Easter treat. You can give the peat pot Easter basket as a small gift on its own, stuff them with goodies as a small Easter candy basket, or use them as decor. Lets begin with making the small Easter Baskets first and I will add a list of different small Easter gift ideas at the end.

Six different DIY Easter baskets made from peat pots with various Easter Gifts. Each basket has a Easter watercolour on the front, and embellished for the Easter holidays.

Not only beautiful when decorated, peat pot Easter baskets are easy and so much fun to make. You can create them with dollar store peat pots, paint and scraps of fabric and ribbon. These small peat pot Easter baskets can also be used for a table centerpiece, Easter place cards or for Easter gifts. I find them especially wonderfuyul for gifting cash. I like giving cash to teenagers but want it to be thoughtful as well. I think a small handmade gift basket is the perfect answer.

Today I am joining in with Creative Craft Blog Hop that’s hosted each month by Sara from Birdz of a Feather. The other craft ideas will be added at the end of my post.

Small Easter Basket Supplies

The peat pots come in package of six, so I went ahead and made six of them. You can use napkins if you have pretty ones handy, but I didn’t. I have included a copy of the Easter clipart that I made and used for mine.

1 Pkg 4″ dollar store peat pots

white paint (craft or leftovers)

2 small paint brushes

mod podge

1 cup plaster of paris (optional)

Printable Easter clipart


six inch paper doileys

Assorted lace ribbon and assorted embellishments.

Small Easter Baskets Instructions

Dry Brush the Peat Pots

Use a little bit of white paint, craft paint is fine and with a paint brush dry the peat pots. If you haven’t dry brushed the before it just means painting with very little paint on the end of your brush. I didn’t want the pots to be completed painted, allowing little bits of the tan colour of the peat pots to show through.. When you brush is first dipped into the paint, begin by painting inside the peat pot, once your brush has less paint on it, brush the outside. Once painted set aside to dry.

Note: I had videos for every part of my post and unfortunately lost them in a transfer somewhere and cannot locate them. Note to the wise. Name things before moving them. I will update the post if I ever find them.

Optional Plaster of Paris for Weight

Depending on what you place into your small Easter baskets you can have trouble with the silly things toppling over. To prevent this mix 1 cup of plaster of paris with 3/4 cup of water, mix well. You can add more water a tablespoon at a time if you need to. The plaster will be like a thick yogurt.

My peat pots had a large hole in the bottom, so I placed them on paper before adding the plaster. Scoop a tablespoon of the plaster in the bottom of each pot, then divide up any leftovers equally. smooth the plaster slightly. Let dry overnight.

Printing the Clip Art

Cut a piece of tissue paper just a bit smaller than letter size 8.5 by 11. Tape the tissue paper to the letter paper using painters tape. Make sure the edge is crisp and square.

Before printing test which side of the paper your printer prints on. I make a piece of letter head, up and down. Run a test page and see which side the print comes out on. My printer prints on the bottom

How to print on tissue paper, with an image of a taped edge piece of tissue paper being placed inside a home printer.

Place the tissue paper side up or down as needed in your regular paper slot, and print normal quality, color.

Adding the Clipart Embellishment

Instead of using napkins I chose to make some printable Easter templates that are exactly what I wanted. Here is an image of the Easter image template. Follow the link to open it and then print.

There are a total of six different templates, two lambs, two bunnies and two flower trucks. Feel free to use them for personal use only. You can see a very slight grey circle around each Easter figure. I placed them in order to make it easier to tear the tissue paper.

A copy of the Easter watercolour transfers for Easter mini baskets. There are two lamb, to Easter bunnies, and two flower delivery trucks in pretty pastel colours for Spring.

Tearing the Tissue Paper Easter Transfers

Once printed cut off the outside tape. Hopefully you can see the very slight grey circles around each printable figure. Using a small brush dipped in water, wet the tissue paper around each circle, and then tear the circle out. Making the tissue paper wet makes this much easier to do.

A water colour transfer printed out on tissue paper with an arrow pointing the wet painted area that makes tearing easier.

Apply modpodge to the front of the peat pot, apply the printable spreading flat starting in the middle. Make sure the edges are mod podged down. Once attached place a second layer of modpodge over surface of the tissue. Let dry.

Attaching the Wire Handle

Cut six pieces of wire 10 inches long, twist the ends so they can poke through the peat moss basket. Make a nice arch out of the rest. Once the wire is ready punch a small hole using a needle into each side of the peat pot. Place the wire through and pinch into place. Repeat for your other baskets.

How to attach a handle to a peat pot for making an Easter basket. There are four images. Gluing the twine, punching a hole into the peat pot and then inserting and folding wire to form a handle.

Decorating and Embellishing

I chose to place a paper doily from the dollar store inside each Easter basket. The paper doilies are made for food service so I wanted them in the Easter baskets for candy. The peat pot is also just a paper product but it isn’t made for food so I was a bit uncertain about using it.

Now the fun part, go wild making your basket as simple or as elaborate as you like. Choose your favorite colours, consider the receiver. If gifting Hubs I would use blue his favorite colour, or perhaps green or brown. My grand daughters would be pink or purple and so forth. Then grab the glue gun and add ribbon, flowers, leaves, feathers, stickers, even a small faux bird basket.

Small Easter Baskets Gift Ideas

The really nice thing is the thoughtfulness of the homemade Easter basket adds to whatever you give, cash, a gift card, lottery tickets. These are things that I would never consider just handing to someone. However by putting them into a quick peat pot Easter basket and I think they make great gifts. Let me know what you think about it?

Golf Gift Easter Basket

Add some jerky, candy, a golf ball, golf tee, and add a gift card to cover the fees. My hubs loved this idea.

A DIY Easter Gift idea using a small peat pot basket.  The basket is decorated with a truck image and green accessories and there is a golf ball, candy, and a gift card tucked inside.

I loved the vintage truck for the male gift baskets. I also kept the ribbon darker and more plain, no bows etc. Candy Easter Basket – Assorted Favorite Candies, homemade fudge, a small chocolate bunny etc.

Cash and Candy Easter Basket

This gift works well for teens and tweens. The homemade Easter basket makes the gift thoughtful. Give them some goodies, along with rolled money tied with a ribbon.

A small Easter basket Easter gift idea for giving candy and cash.  The basket is handmade with a lamb image on the front, a green ribbon ties to the handle, and a pretty wood butterfly.

This cash and candy basket is geared a little more towards girls as I have three grand daughters. For a boy change the image to one of the truck printables. Replace the butterfly with a lego man piece. Personally I would keep the ribbon as its not frilly.

For a boys toy basket you could include goodies, lego, hot wheel cars, or a game giftcard.

Girl’s Sticker Easter Basket

A DIY Easter basket for a girl filled with stickers, chalk and candy.  The basket is made using a peat pot and its decorated with flowers, ribbon and a sweet bunny on the front.

The dollar store is a treasure trove for stickers, markers, stamps. The egg in the above picture is actually chalk. It came in a package of six. I cut out some Easter themed stickers to pop in the basket and has an eraser, and little stamps inside. I also bought a big fluffy white bunny pen, but it looked odd in the pretty picture.

For an older person I would skip the chalk and stamps, crayons etc and go for something more planner orientated. Pretty pens, fancy post its, pretty office pins, and a scented candle are some ideas.

Manly Basket – Beef Jerky, bag of peanuts, scratch lottery tickets. Great for a coworker or brother.

An Easter craft DIY Easter gift. A small peat pot decorated and used as an Easter basket that is filled with assorted little gifts , scratch and win tickets, jerky and chocolate Easter eggs.

Jewelry Basket – Earrings, necklace, its doesn’t need to gold to be thoughtful

Scented Basket – Candles, assorted essential oils, a bar of soap

The ideas are endless of course, but I hope I gave you enough ideas to get you started.

Six different DIY Easter baskets with various gift ideas inside. Each basket has a twine handle, an pretty watercolour Easter print and is made using peat pots.

Creative Craft Hop Posts to Enjoy

Lots of exciting brand new projects and idea to inspire us. Have a great time checking them out.

The Painted Apron | Spring Bottle in Bloom

Patina and Paint | Easy Easter Craft

Life as a Leo Wife | Farmhouse Bunny Topiaries

Purple Hues and Me | Twisted Rope Container with Top

My Thriftstore Addiction | Egg-cellent DIY Floral Arrangement in 2 Easy Steps

Decorate and More with Tip | Adorable Easter Craft DIY

Birdz of a Feather | Slip on Coaster

Blue Sky at Home | How to Easily Decorate Old Bottles with Paper and Vinyl

Southern Sunflowers | How to Decorate a Dollar Tree Bunny Wire Wreath

Modern on Monticello | Easy Tile Pallet Wall Art

The Apple Street Cottage | Spring Fence…and a Bunny!


  1. LISA JUNG says:

    What a wonderful project. I am so enjoying the blog hop. Full of great ideas.

  2. STILL thinking about how amazing these are and I’m excited to share them in tomorrows From the Front Porch post! Hope you’ve had an awesome week, CoCo

  3. Kerryanne says:

    Leanna, your Easter baskets are simply adorable.
    Thank you for sharing the DIY at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring your peat pot Easter baskets at the party tomorrow and pinning too.

  4. Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse says:

    These are absolutely adorable!

  5. I love these, Leanna! The transfers are so sweet, and there’s a nostalgic vibe to these baskets that I adore. Pinning!

  6. Such a great idea and those beautiful printables are just how I imagine you to be. Soft, lovely, classic, and classy.

    1. What a sweet compliment from my artsy talented friend. I am really excited about how the printables and baskets turned out. My family is asking who they are for lol.

  7. Carol@Blueskyathome says:

    Leanna, I’ve never uses peat pots, but these are so cute, they are now on my DIY grocery list. The designs are so whimsical. Love your creativity.

  8. These are so cute, Leanna! I can’t believe how easy they were to make and I love it. They would even be great for Easter parties or to drop off and surprise someone special too. Loving and pinning as always. You totally nailed this one and your pictures are fabulous too! Hugs, CoCo

  9. I loved this project and want to try it! I can’t rip napkin layers or tissue WHERE I want it to tear. I used some deckle-edge scrapbookking scissors so the edge is jagged WHERE I want it to be. Worked great for decoupaging plastic eggs last year.

    1. Good tip Kathy, I think I share your paint, a crisp cut line just looks funny. I just found some jagged scissors at the thrift store I will give it a try.

  10. Donna @ Modern on Monticello says:

    These are just so precious. I think your choice of clipart images are perfect for such a rustic project. Pinned to try out for my grandkids.

  11. These are just adorable, and thanks for the tip to prevent them from tipping over. That one little detail makes a huge difference!

    1. Thank you for the comment Ann. I actually thought of it before making them, and having to go back and fix them all. It worked well thankfully.

  12. These are absolutely adorable! I love the vintage feel of them. Definitely going to give this a try! Thanks so much for sharing.

    1. I am glad you like them. They are really fun to put together, especially the embellishing. Enjoy.

  13. Niki | Life as a LEO Wife says:

    These are just darling! I have never thought of printing on tissue paper. I’m going to have to get some new white tissue paper so it doesn’t get stuck in the printer. I love all of your baskets. So pretty! Pinned. It’s always great hopping with you!

    1. Thank you Niki. I had video for all of the post and can’t locate it. Just make sure to tape the edges neatly and it works on my every time.

  14. sara allen says:

    You thought of everything Leanna. Such great gift basket ideas and your husband is right about the golf gift basket; that’ll be a real winner with golf lovers!

    1. Thank you Sarah. I needed some way to give cash thoughtfully to my grand daughters and thought others may have the same issue.

  15. Terrie - Decorate with Tip and More says:

    Leanna, I love your container. Looks amazing. You did an amazing job.

    1. Thank you Terrie. I like how they turned out, especially for adults a big basket can be really expensive to fill.

  16. Leanna, these are gorgeous and I love the simplicity! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  17. These are so sweet!! What a clever idea, I love the vintage look of them, and such a great idea to choose a theme to fill them with little goodies. They would make a lovely surprise for anyone, so cute!

    1. Thank you Jenna. I was so happy to find some vintage truck clipart for Easter. All men seem to love old truck so that made it easy to design for them.

  18. Gail @Purple Hues and Me says:

    So unique and creative, Leanna! I never would have thought to use peat pots to make easter baskets! What a wonderful idea! And they look quite lovely, too – perfect for Easter and full of springtime!

  19. Allyson @ Southern Sunflowers says:

    Your peat pots turned out so nice using the printables. That was a great idea for using them as little Easter gift baskets!

    1. Thank you very much Allyson. Spring is one of the seasons its fun to go all frilly and feminine. I appreciate the feedback.

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