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8 Gorgeous Homemade Easter Baskets That Don't Cost a Fortune (PHOTOS)

easter basketsDoes it seem like Easter baskets just keep getting bigger, tackier, and more expensive every year? Maybe you don't want to hand your child a gargantuan cellophane-wrapped basket full of cavities-waiting-to-happen. Maybe you'd like to present them instead with something simple and beautiful that they'll actually remember -- and that isn't crazy expensive, either. We've got you covered. Here are 8 simply adorable Easter basket ideas that won't break the bank -- but will deliver some sweet holiday magic.

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18 Easy, Affordable, Homemade Easter Baskets

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2Egg Carton Mini-Baskets

Think small -- you can turn egg carton cups into wee Easter baskets with some pipe cleaner and tissue paper. Aren't these sweet?

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3Minion Basket

Shut the front door! This Minion basket would be so easy. Find a yellow basket (or spray paint one yellow) and use construction paper to make his little face.

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4Tutu for Your Basket

I've seen a lot of these tutu skirts for Easter baskets, and they're so pretty. Looking at the tutu tutorials, they don't look too hard to make. But I also think if you happen to have a toddler-sized tutu around (and if you have a little girl, that's pretty darn likely), you might be able to borrow it for your basket -- free and even easier.

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5Fill With Familiar Friends

This smart mom used toys her daughter already owns to help fill a themed Easter basket. You don't have to get as much candy this way.

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6Wheatgrass Basket

I think these wheatgrass-filled baskets are gorgeous -- and there's so much less mess than that artificial grass. And you can save the grass to use later.

8Basket Lined With Feathers

Here's another fun alternative to fake grass: Feathers. I love this feather-filled basket. And it's so pretty with just a few foil-covered chocolate eggs in contrasting colors.

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9Happy Smiling Critters

I noticed this basket because it's so cheery. It's small and simple -- but everything is arranged in a visually appealing way. The Peeps and the basket bunny are looking right at you, and there's one "fancy" chocolate egg at the center with a few jelly beans tossed in around the sides. This was probably not expensive at all to make, but because of how it's put together, it's a beautiful example of less-is-more.

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