{lauren mckinsey creates} the new basket IS A BOX!

i love unique. i love creative. and a gift my boys received several years ago from their grandfather was BOTH!

it was just a few days before easter when UPS made a special delivery to our door. carefully packaged inside a large box was a smaller box. that box, the smaller box, contained an easter egg hunt. you might be thinking, how do you put an easter egg hunt inside of a box? well, the answer is clever. around the four sides of the box were “windows” ever so slightly hidden. the instructions were clear. find the windows and reach inside. the box, filled with easter grass, was also filled with easter eggs, candy and other fun surprises. what a special treat for my little guys!

this year i could hardly wait to create my very own lauren mckinsey INSIDE OUT EASTER EGG HUNT. easter in a box! wouldn’t your little one be delighted to find this on easter morning? a creative substitute for the traditional easter basket and your very own DIY project. i love that each person will be able to create their very own unique box. perfect for the ones they love.

i will take you step by step through the process so that you can surprise someone you love (maybe someone you can’t be with this easter) with their very own easter egg hunt in a box.

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  • lauren mckinsey inside out easter egg hunt printables (click to add to cart)
  • empty cardboard box (i used a 12 inch square box)
  • scrapbook paper
  • spray adhesive, double sided tape or glue
  • ribbon
  • buttons
  • easter grass or paper shred
  • plastic easter eggs
  • easter toys
  • sticker paper or cardstock

all supplies were purchased at Michaels, Hobby Lobby and the Dollar Store.


  • hot glue gun
  • utility knife
  • 2 7/8 inch circle cutter
  • 1 1/2 inch circle cutter & 2 inch circle cutter


  1. cover cardboard box (with the exception of the bottom) in colorful paper (scrapbook paper or wrapping paper)using spray adhesive, double sided tape or glue stick.
  2. using utility knife, cut out 4 x 4 inch windows in sides of box
  3. decorate edges of box with ribbon using hot glue gun
  4. sew buttons to the ribbon on the corners of the box
  5. add lauren mckinsey inside out easter egg hunt printables to the box (may use as stickers or attach using double sided tape)
  6. from the bottom of the box fill with easter grass or paper shred
  7. hide easter eggs, candy and toys in the easter grass
  8. seal bottom of box with packing tape
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14 Responses to {lauren mckinsey creates} the new basket IS A BOX!

  1. the5sneads April 10, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

    How to I order this download?

  2. Katherine Marie March 21, 2012 at 12:22 am #

    Soooo amazing!!!!!

  3. Donna April 13, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

    This is a clever idea. Love the magic you bring to others!!

  4. Lydia April 12, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

    That is such a cute idea! Getting mail is always fun, but that would be so much fun to open!! Love it!

  5. Melinda ~ Persona Gift Pail April 12, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    Love this! Very cute! You are one very talented lady! I don’t get a chance to remark to everything that I have seen you do. But I am VERY impressed and I just love your creativity! ~ Melinda

    • Lauren McKinsey April 12, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

      Melinda – you just made my night!

  6. Lisa~The SweetTalk Shop April 11, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

    Yep Love it!!! I bet your boys still love to look inside and see what is hidden. Don’t you get it out each year and put new stuff inside???

  7. Maylene-Malu Boutiques April 11, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

    Just beautiful Love the colors and your box is adorable!

  8. Jen April 11, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    Love it! What a great idea!

  9. staci April 11, 2011 at 9:13 am #

    Simply adorable!!

  10. Nikki April 11, 2011 at 6:49 am #

    LOVE LOVE LOVE! So genius and unique…like you!


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