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Build an Easter Basket with Clues – Teenage Easter Activity

A fun thing to do at Easter is to have your child build an Easter Basket with Clues. This project is great for an older child to give them a more challenging hunt than a normal Easter Egg Hunt.A teenager's Easter basket can have fun beauty items

Each year, at Easter time, I came up with printed clues to lead her from one Easter egg to the next and she built the basket as she progressed through the clues. This came to be called an “Easter Egg Hunt with Clues” and Jess loved it each year.Teenage Easter Basket with Clues

This fun experience gave us a chance to keep the Easter egg hunt going long after kids normally think they are “too old for it.”  The idea is great for older kids and teenagers, alike.  

You can make the clues as hard or as easy as you like. I also liked to add some other teen stuff to the basket too, and not just candy. supplies for Easter basket

The basket was fun to shop for.  Mini sized candy bars are perfect to put inside of plastic eggs and I also gathered together some fun beauty items, candles and a cute coffee mug.

Once kids become teens, they still love the sweet treats, but teenage items also really appeal to them and makes the hunt more grown up.

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Here is how to Build an Easter Basket with Clues.

All fun Easter Egg hunts need a basket to hold the goodies in.  Also, what good would Easter be if I didn’t have a chance to do something crafty? 😉 I chose a medium sized basket and spray painted it white.

Next, I wrapped the handle with some green paper tape and hot glued a few butterflies to it.

Jess loves all forms of nature, and I know she will want to use the basket in her room later to hold makeup and jewelry so I wanted it decorated in a pretty way for her.  Spray the basket white and decorate the handle

The basket stayed hidden until the morning of the Easter egg hunt.  Overnight while she was sleeping, I put the basket on her bed and the first clue got tucked into it with a hint about where to progress next.  

I made the clue ambiguous enough so that she had to think a bit.  After all, “she is a teenager, not a baby!” as she is fond of telling me.The Easter hunt starts on the bed with the first clue and the decorated basket

Here is an idea of how my hunt goes as it progresses.  Building an Easter Basket with Clues just needs a bit of creative thought and clues that are hard enough but not too frustrating.  

I’ve given you some tips that I use each year to make my hunt a success.

1. Starting the Easter Egg Hunt with Clues

Building an Easter basket with clues means that the hunt will be a bit of a challenge. Jess’ father has a lot of old shoes, so trying to find just the right pair is not easy! Patience is not a strong suit with teens, so I mixed some easy clues and some hard ones as the challenge continued.

Each time Jess found an Easter egg, she added it to her basket and then moved on to the next place that is hinted at in the clue.The first treat is found in daddy's old shoe

Easter clues should be a mix of hard and easy

2. Don’t make the clues too hard.

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I liked to move around the house, back and forth as we built an Easter basket with clues.  Jess knows that if she saw an egg anywhere but doesn’t find it with a clue, she had to wait till later to gather it.

Still, I kept most of the eggs hidden out of plain sight, so it was a challenge pretty much all the way through.  

Even though I led her to the bathroom sink, the treat is still hidden behind it, not IN it. A little manicure and pedicure set was hidden there as a special teen treat.combine treats and teen things for extra fun

3. Move the Easter clues around the house and yard.

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Be sure to have a mix of both indoors and outdoor clue areas.  This makes things more interesting and also makes sure that there is some fresh air as part of the hunt.  Since the candy bars were all foil wrapped, having them outside is fine.

I placed three treats in a plastic Easter Egg behind a planter near the outdoor candle so it is a bit out of sight.Hide a clue outside the front door

4. Have a really easy Easter clue now and then.

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Throw in some really easy clues.  Don’t make them all hard, or there is sure to be frustration.  

This mailbox clue was a great one to have about now, since it’s a big enough place to put something really special like this coffee mug filled with candy treats.  

The mug has one of Jess’ favorite cup shapes and the colors are perfect for her basket.The mail box is a great place to hide something larger.

Behind closed doors are good spots when you build an Easter Basket with clues.

5. The pantry is a perfect indoor hiding spot.

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5. Even though Jess walked right by the pantry earlier, she didn’t see the egg because I closed the pantry door.  

Since I had a few cake mixes, she had to look a little to find this treat! A purple plastic egg held 2 more sweets to add to her basket.the pantry has a lot of places to hide treats

6. Out of sight, out of mind.

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The oven was a great hiding place to use during the hunt. It was big enough to add a plastic egg with Easter treats that will start to fill up the basket, but the closed door keeps everything well hidden.

Just be sure no one decides to make a breakfast casserole today!~Eggs hiding in a cool oven

7. Time to head back outside again.

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The family car is a great place to hide Easter eggs.  There are lots of nooks, crannies and places where they can be placed to make the hunt challenging.

I used the glove compartment as a hiding place for the hunt today. Even though she had been out there earlier, this clue was hidden from sight.Don't forget the car. There are lots of places to hide things here.

Time for a tricky one!

8. What do you keep in the dining room hutch?

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This clue was a challenge for Jess, since there is a big hutch filled with plates, glasses and bowls as well as a large credenza in our dining room.  

I hid the treats and the clue inside one of the soup bowls in the hutch!The dining room hutch is a great hiding place.

9. Have a really easy clue near the end of the hunt.

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No matter how much your teen likes the hunt, they will be getting eager for it to be over now, so throw in a clue that basically gives the location away. Now is the time for another teen treat.

This time, some emery boards, a small bottle of perfume, and pink nail polish were hidden in the clothes dryer.The drier holds some fun teen things

10. Keep the biggest stash of treats until the end.

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Just like fireworks, a good Easter Egg hunt builds momentum.  I started with one egg, moved up to a couple, and left the big stash of treats until the end of the hunt.

It made it like having all the fireworks come at one time at a fireworks show.  The last stash of Easter eggs got placed in a fun colored bucket near her old playhouse along with a cucumber melon candle. My girl loves candles!  Have the last treat be a big one!

I love the mix of candy and teen things in the basket.  

Doing this kind of Easter Egg hunt with clues is something you can do right through the high school years, just by adding new items that they like in each teenage year.Easter Egg Hunt with Clues

Would you like to build an Easter Basket with clues?

This project is geared to turning an Easter Egg hunt into a different experience by using treasure hunt clues for around the house and garden.

Preparing for this project to build an Easter basket with clues is as simple as taking a shopping trip to gather your goodies, treats and teen things.

You’ll also want to gather some ribbon, decorative items and a basket and some card stock or photo paper to make your clues.

Print out the Easter Egg Hunt Clues for building an Easter Basket.

If you want to copy my Easter egg hunt clues for an older child, you can print out the filled in clue sheet that I used here in PDF format. 

It is a high resolution 8 1/2′ by 1 1″ file. I printed mine on photo paper so the wording stays intact outside.

To print your Easter treasure hunt clues, be sure to choose “fit to page” in your printer settings to fill a whole sheet of cardstock.

Filled in clue sheet

If my Easter scavenger hunt clues won’t work for you, you can use these blank Easter Egg cards and make your own Easter Basket hunt clues for by hand printing them. You can print the PDF file here, or click on the image below.Unfilled clue sheet

What other things will you hide as well as Easter Eggs to Build an Easter Basket with clues for your teenager?  Easter Egg Hunt with Clues

Pin The Build an Easter Basket with Clues project for later

Would you like a reminder of this project to build an Easter Basket with Clues?  Just pin this image to one of your Easter boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later.It's time to build an Easter Basket with Clues. Click through to find out how to do this.

Admin note: This post for the DIY Easter Basket Project first appeared on the blog in February of 2017. I have added a printable project card , new photos and a video for you to enjoy.

Yield: A fun Easter project for a teenager.

Build an Easter Basket with Clues

Easter Egg Hunt with Clues

This fun Easter project will keep the fun of an Easter egg hunt going long after your teenager has decided she is too old for a baby activity.

Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $25


  • Candy and other Easter treat goodies
  • Toiletries for a teenage girl
  • Coffee Mug
  • Large Straw basket
  • White spray Paint
  • Green paper tape
  • 2 green silk butterflies
  • Paper straw
  • Plastic Easter eggs
  • Card stock or photo paper


  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks


  1. Spray the basket with white spray paint and allow it to dry.
  2. Wrap the handle of the basket with green paper tape and attach it in place with a dab of hot glue.
  3. Glue on the two silk butterflies on the handle.
  4. Add some paper straw in the bottom of the basket.
  5. Print out the clues using my sample above, or print out the template for clues and add your own.
  6. Place the basket on your child's bed overnight with the first clue in it.
  7. Each clue leads to a new spot, which has a new clue and treats.
  8. Alternate between candy treat, toiletries and other items for the basket.
  9. Have the last clue lead to a treasure trove that will fill up the basket. Perhaps it's time for a more expensive gift here.
  10. Enjoy!

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Thursday 29th of March 2018

I love this! I used your clues and made them into QR codes for my 12-year-old to follow.

Mommy Hates Cooking

Friday 3rd of March 2017

Thank you so much for this! I've always wanted to do a scavenger hunt, but I have just never taken the time to figure out all of the clues and stuff. The printable is so cute and you've given me some great ideas!


Saturday 4th of March 2017

I hope you enjoy it if you do one!

Ali Rost

Friday 3rd of March 2017

Your post made me smile. It reminded me so much of something my grandma did for us when we were little. Every year Easter was at her house and she'd go all out on the baskets and tuck the most clever clues inside. I haven't thought about it ages. Guaranteed your daughter will look back one day and think "Good job Mom .. that sure was fun!"


Friday 3rd of March 2017

Once I started them, they were the only type of hunt Jess wanted to do!


Friday 3rd of March 2017

This is so fun! My toddler is a little young for this but I will have to keep this in mind for when the kids are older!


Friday 3rd of March 2017

Enjoy your Easter fun with him. Each year is special!

Ady from VGB

Thursday 2nd of March 2017

This is a wonderful idea for older kids that feel like egg hunting is too "little" kids. I love the clues that you left, some hard and some easy perfect combination!


Thursday 2nd of March 2017

Thanks Ady. Jess got better at it as she got older. I had to end up making them harder!