Recycled DIY Easter basket

Recycled DIY Easter basket made with yogurt cups

Hello all! Steph from The Silly Pearl here to create something with Mod Podge for Easter! I was looking at some of our empty yogurt containers and said “Hmm…what could I make?” And my husband shuddered in horror, imagining a tower of carefully-washed of yogurt cups falling on him. Lucky for him, I only used three, to make this Tiered DIY Easter basket.

I saved small, medium and large sized yogurt cups. If you’re using light colored paper to cover your cups, you may want to remove the labels. My brand had labels I could peel off. Or you could cover up the labels with white paper. You will also need:

  • Matte Mod Podge
  • Mod Podge Podgeable Shapes
  • Mod Podge Rub-on Transfers
  • Foam brush
  • Paper doilies
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Book pages
  • Jute twine
  • Buttons
  • Empty thread spools
  • Scissors
  • Small Easter eggs (made from plastic, styrofoam, wood . . . whatever you find is fine)
  • Hot glue
  • A popsicle stick


First I applied the doilies. Actually, I just applied the lacy edges, which you can easily cut off of the doilies. I applied Mod Podge to the edge of the cups, then I smoothed the lace onto the cups gently with my fingers. I used the foam brush to further press the doilies into the curve of the cups.


Then I cut out a piece of scrapbook paper for each cup. The sides of the cup are tapered much like a coffee cup, so I based my pattern on a coffee cup sleeve. I just tried cutting it out on scrap paper and adjusting the size and shape a few times before I got a good fit, and made a small, medium and large one with scrapbook paper. I used Mod Podge to apply the paper as well.


Next I tore up some pieces of vintage book pages and randomly Mod Podge’d them to the sides, allowing the scrapbook paper underneath to peek out.


I tied a piece of jute twine around the sides and glued a vintage button to the bow as pretty embellishments. To make them into tiered baskets, I stacked vintage spools to make the risers and hot glued them to the tops and bottoms of the yogurt cups. That’s pretty much it for the baskets themselves…all you have to do now is fill the baskets with whatever you like. I stuffed the yogurt cups with some tissue paper, then shredded some of the leftover book pages to make “nesting” material for my eggs, which I painted with chalk paint to give them a matte finish.


Then at the top, I used a Mod Podge Podgeable Shape and Mod Podge Rub-On Transfers. First I traced and cut a piece of scrapbook paper in the shape of the bird. Then I Mod Podge’d on some more book page scraps as a “wing”, onto which I applied the word “Easter” from my pack of rub-on transfers. Next I applied Mod Podge to the back of the bird shape, to which I pressed on the bird paper shape.


Finally I hot glued a popsicle stick onto the back of the bird, which I stuck into the tissue paper stuffing I had in the top cup.


All done! You could use this same idea for any occasion and any season. I might be starting an empty yogurt cup tower after all (sorry hubby!).

Tiered Easter Basket from Yogurt Cups

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