Sure, you could go to the store and buy the latest and greatest premade and prepackaged Easter basket to give your little ones this weekend. But, it's infinitely cooler to make your own basket - particularly when it involvs raiding the recycling bin and turning trash into treasure.  Here are five fun designs that you might want to try:

Milk jug Easter duck. Turn an old gallon of milk into this ridiculously cute Easter basket with some felt, glue, and a few embellishments.  Kids can easily help put this together, or you can do it "behind the scenes" if you want it to be a surprise.

Strawberry basket Easter basket. This cute basket from SheKnows.com comes together easily with a little construction paper and tape.  And it's great fun for kids who love to weave.  Add a little bow on top for extra pizzazz.

Egg carton Easter basket. I love these precious little egg carton Easter baskets from Quince and Quire.  They are made from individual egg carton cups, so you can get a bunch from each carton.  Makes a great Easter gift for a class or scout troop so you can make them in bulk.

Recycled box Easter basket. Who needs to buy an Easter basket when you can just use a oatmeal or cereal box instead?  Jazz it up by weaving the cardboard together using these simple instructions from Crafty Stylish. Easy-peasy and it won't cost you a cent!

Soda bottle Easter basket. Here's another easy yet awesome basket from the folks at SheKnows.com.  Use any recycled plastic bottle, cut it in half, and add some bling.

Have you ever created an Easter basket from recycled materials?  I'd love to hear about it in the comments.

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