Frugal Alternatives to Easter Decorations
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Frugal Alternatives to Easter Decorations

Posted on Monday, April 14th, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Easter BasketThe typical Easter basket includes plastic grass, candy, plastic eggs, a chocolate rabbit, and possibly some toys. All of that can add up to quite the expense. This is especially true for families who have multiple children that all are expecting something special from the Easter Bunny. Here are some alternative Easter decorations that can make things more affordable.

Use the Ones from Last Year
Where did you put last year’s Easter baskets and plastic eggs? You can repurpose them and use them again this year. Most children won’t remember exactly what their Easter basket looked like last year. It is impossible to tell last year’s plastic eggs from the ones in the stores today.

Paper Instead of Plastic
Plastic Easter grass is one of the most useless things in an Easter basket. You cannot eat it, and it isn’t a toy. Its entire purpose is to be a “filler” for everything else to sit on. This year, instead of buying more bags of Easter grass, substitute shredded paper instead.

Shredded newspaper will serve the same “filler” function that Easter grass does. If you really want it to be green, try shredded some of the green construction paper that your children have in their art supplies. Paper can easily be recycled when Easter is over.

It Doesn’t have to be a Basket
Don’t be afraid to think “outside of the box” when it comes to Easter baskets. Little kids will be just as happy with large, plastic, bowl that has been decorated with an Easter design. It might be more accessible for kids who had difficulty getting around the basket’s handle last year.

For older children, consider an Easter bin instead of a basket. Purchase one of those canvas bins that are designed to hold things. Pick out one in a bright Easter color. After Easter is over, your child has a functional bin that he or she can fill with toys, socks, or other items.

Skip the Plastic Eggs
Many children have difficulty opening up plastic Easter eggs. This experience could turn a happy Easter morning into an exercise in frustration. The purpose of the plastic eggs is to hold small pieces of candy. Skip the plastic eggs until your child has developed the fine motor skills that are required to easily pop them open.

Older kids tend to not care so much about the plastic eggs. They quickly figure out that all of them will contain jelly beans (or a particular type of small, wrapped, candy). It isn’t a surprise anymore. Just toss the candy into their Easter basket. They will not miss the plastic eggs.

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