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Easter Basket Ideas — DIY
Who says the Easter Bunny has to hide regular, boring old Easter baskets? Change things up this year by making your own custom DIY baskets from things you’ll find stashed in your house!
Put the fruit in the refrigerator and weave paper raffia through the open spokes of a wire fruit basket. Choose a traditional Easter color, like purple or color coordinate each basket to your home decor or a different color for each kid.
Transform those regular baskets with a bit of fabric and glue. Gather a large circle of fabric on the outside of the basket. Hold it in place with giant paper clips. Glue in place with hot glue gun.
Take one of your really nice baskets and instead of messy, fake grass, fill it with chenille trim cut from an old bedspread. If you were really ambitious, you could change the color with dye.
I also like to use pretty ribbon instead of grass. It’s soft and NOT messy and you can reuse in another project. Or cut strips of colorful paper and curl them around a pencil. Choose construction or printing paper or even old book pages.
Make this the year the Easter Bunny gets creative.
DIY fabric Easter Eggs are not only great decorations, but they last forever. Making them is so fast and easy, you’ll be tempted to make dozens. I think I’ll place one at each place setting for Easter brunch. Everyone gets a party favor to take home.
I purchased a couple “fat quarters” of pale yellow and white quilting fabric. It’s important to get 100% cotton fabric (cotton is much easier to rip). You’ll also need Styrofoam eggs and sequin pins (the very short ones).
Rip the fabric in 1/2 in strips. Trim the loose threads and press so you have nice flat pieces to work with.
Wrap the egg with the strips, alternating between two fabrics. Hold in place at both ends with the straight pins.
Cover up the pins with ribbon or green floral trim. They’re so adorable and you and bring them out every year.
Thanksgiving Dinner ~ the table setting and the food, two of my favorite things! This year, I plan to set a rustic table using green and gold (not that green and gold!). I decorated a basic charger (purchased at Goodwill) with decoupage and magazine clippings. It’s so easy, you still have time to make your own.
Who doesn’t love The 4th of July? Picnics, parties and fireworks. Forget the paper plates and plastic forks. Be kind to the environment and easy on your wallet and set a patriotic table with found objects.
Decorating with red, white and blue is easy. Since I’m into indigo this year, I started with denim placemats (a bargain at Goodwill for 99¢ each!). And you can’t get any more country than red bandanas.
They’re also easy to wash and iron and are perfect as napkins. I pleated the bandana and used an old clothes pin to keep the shape. Write your guest’s name and stick in a couple of mini flags. It’s all about layering.
I certainly don’t change my seat covers every time I set a table, but this simple trick allows you to match the décor to your table theme! No sewing or stapling necessary just lay the bandana on the chair!
I happen to collect old enamel dishes from Sweden, but you can use any white plates and coffee cups.
The centerpiece is whatever you have on hand that shows your patriotism. I found star candles, flag ribbon and an Uncle Sam tin. Flowers would work or line up little flags down the center of the table.
I invite friends over for brunch before heading out to a local parade. Tell me how you celebrate America’s Independence Day!