The Easter Bunny, aka mom and dad, don't have to spend a lot of money to have a fun holiday. Here are a few tips to make Easter a little bit cheaper.
Use packets of Kool-Aid to dye eggs. Add 2/3 cups of water to one pack, and dip the eggs. Makes bright fruity smelling colors. Kool Aid usually costs about ten cents each.
Put together your own Easter baskets. But be careful. It's easy to go overboard. Get a basket and some fun stuff at a dollar store. You can also get baskets at thrift stores, and spray paint them in spring colors. Make home made goodies to put in instead of buying candy.
Instead of buying a traditional basket, get something your child will use again. For example, if he or she needs a lunch box, get one and put Easter filling in it.
Use empty containers to make spring baskets. An empty oatmeal container works great. Wrap it with colored construction paper and embellish it with ribbon, buttons, flowers, paint, etc.
The dollar stores also have great seasonal decorating items. So does Big Lots.
Don't spend any money and go to a community Easter egg hunt. Many of the churches have them and everybody is welcome.
You can make eggs out of paper for your little one to find. I saw this idea on ivillage.com. You'll need paper (patterned if you have it), scissors, stapler, markers and candy. Cut the paper into two egg shapes. Place the blank side of the egg shapes back to back and staple around the edges, leaving a hole to insert candy into. Using the marker, write your kids' initials, a sweet message or make it into a scavenger hunt by writing clues on them.
Decoupage eggs using pictures from magazines. All you need is white glue, a paint brush and pictures. Brush the glue onto the egg, stick the picture and paint more glue on top.