I love the joy of Easter and the new life it brings. You can read some of my other Easter posts here
. Last year I looked long and hard to find the perfect Easter basket for the Bear, but all the options I loved were too pricey. I had paint and ribbon on hand and decided to make a frugal, durable, cute Easter basket. I purchased a peck size basket at Hobby Lobby for about $4.
Here’s a crappy image of a peck basket
from Amazon so you can see what it looked like before. I totally forgot to take before pics.
I painted the basket using Rustoleum Painter’s Touch Satin in Heritage White and a sponge brush. It took two coats to really cover the wood.
I used my glue gun to line the inside and outside with satin ribbon leftover from our wedding. Yes, we’ve been married almost 5 years. Yes, I probably over bought on wedding ribbon. Oh well. The ribbon serves two purposes. It looks super cute and covers up the rough edges and staples that hold the peck basket together.
I tied satin ribbon into bows on each handle and glued them in place. I’m sure these will have to be replaced someday but they are holding up well so far.
I painted the Bear’s name onto the basket using a navy blue paint pen. I am not skilled in the handwriting department so it took a few tries and a few wipe off/repaints. I finally went with dot letters because they are very forgiving and look super cute. I highly recommend this method if you struggle with paint pen writing like I do.
We use ribbon as Easter grass after seeing the idea on Young House Love
and not wanting to find the plastic stuff everywhere. My dad hates the plastic Easter grass with a passion (4 kids = a ton of Easter grass clean up over the years) and loves this idea. I used two rolls of green ribbon from the dollar store and just unrolled them completely and put them in the basket. The clean up is incredibly easy. You just pick up each long piece of ribbon and throw it back into the basket. We’ve made a game out of tossing the ribbon and eggs back into the basket after Bear inevitably dumps them out.
The Bear loves his basket even more this year. He has carried it all over the house and loves playing with the ribbon and plastic eggs.
What’s your favorite Easter candy?
I’m obsessed with Cadbury eggs.