"Don't keep all your eggs in one basket." This is a maxim, or wise saying, that means if you invest all your time, energy, or money in just one thing, you could lose it all if that venture fails. What about the Easter basket, a decorated basket filled with colored eggs, candy, food, and toys? Where did this tradition originate?
One of the oldest Easter basket traditions hails from seventh century Poland. Baskets were lined with white napkins, filled with special foods, and decorated with sprigs of an evergreen called boxwood. The baskets were blessed by the church on the Saturday before Easter. The food inside was either consumed on Easter or taken to cemeteries as an offering to the deceased.
According to legends from Germany, the Easter bunny visited the homes of children on the night before Easter. If the children were good, he would leave eggs and other items in the nests they had made out of their hats and bonnets - a sort of Easter basket. This legend was recorded as early as the 1600s.
Today, Easter baskets filled with candy and toys can be purchased at many stores. They may have themes to reflect children's interests, such as superheroes or Barbie dolls. Easter baskets are also used during Easter egg hunts, in which children race to fill their baskets with hidden eggs.
Would you like to draw an Easter basket? This easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial can show you how. You will need only a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to use crayons, markers, colored pencils, or paints to complete your drawing.
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Step by Step Instructions for Drawing an Easter Basket
1. Begin by drawing a horizontal, flattened oval. This will form the opening of the basket.
2. Draw a curved line parallel to the bottom of the oval, and connected to it on the ends. This forms the basket's rim.
3. Draw two curved lines extending downward from the sides of the basket. Connect the lines using a horizontal curved line. This outlines the basket itself.
4. Draw three curved, horizontal lines across the basket, separating it into four sections. In the top section, draw squiggly, curved, vertical lines. In the second section, draw zig zags formed of two lines each, enclosing arrow-like shapes. Across the bottom two sections, draw straight, vertical lines. These different types of lines form the weave and decoration of the basket.
5. Draw a set of curved, parallel lines above the basket, extending from one side to the other. This is the basket's handle.
6. Draw a bow on the basket, erasing as necessary. Draw a curved square for the knot, and irregular shapes for the sides of the bow and the ribbons. Detail the bow with short, curved lines.
7. Draw long, upside down "U" shaped lines within the basket. These are the eggs.
8. Erase guide lines as necessary.
9. Decorate the eggs using curved lines, circles, stars, flowers, and other shapes.
10. Color your basket. And don't keep all your eggs in one basket - check out our other fun drawing tutorials today!