I don’t do much outdoor decorating for Easter, but this year I put together an oversized Easter Basket for our lawn. It’s filled with all the bright colors of the season. I think it makes for a nice way to say Happy Easter!
My idea for this started when I was sorting through, organizing and getting rid of some items that we’ve had stored away since we moved into our home. Let me just say, we moved here in 2004, so this was a long overdue decluttering project. Some things had never been taken out of moving boxes! It was a labor intensive project, but I managed to reorganize and sort through tons of stuff. Some items were donated, some were just tossed and others, like this oversized basket, sparked ideas.
Now, long ago and far away, this basket held a huge arrangement of silk flowers. It fit in perfectly with my 1980’s decor! When I no longer had mauve and green as my colors of choice, this basket was stored away, the flowers reused in some other way. Why it has managed to be included in moves from GA to NY and back, from GA to CA and then from CA to SC, I don’t know! Maybe it was so that all these years later, I could find it again and turn it into something pretty again! Or maybe I just have a hard time letting go of things! After all these years in storage, it was looking pretty bad.
I trimmed off any protruding wicker and hosed it down to clean it. It still looked shabby and not in the trendy shabby kind of way. A can of white spray paint came to its rescue. I used Rustoleum Paint and Primer in One, Gloss White spray paint.
Because of its size, I knew it would make a fun piece of lawn decor for Easter. After the paint dried, I stuffed it with plastic grocery bags. I then cut a piece of cardboard to size and placed that on top of the bags. This way, I wouldn’t have to fill the entire basket with eggs.
Next, I covered the cardboard with purple Easter grass.
I found some pretty ruffled ribbon that I hot glued around the handle. I added a satin ribbon bow to each side.
Using more of the satin ribbon, I wrapped a piece around the bottom of the basket, hot gluing it in place and added a bow to the front.
I didn’t want the eggs to tumble out, so as I placed them on top of the grass, I used hot glue to adhere them. I just kept adding eggs of various colors and sizes until it was overfull.
I bought a Happy Easter unfinished wood piece from Michaels. I painted it using Apple Barrel in Bimini Blue acrylic paint. I wedged it into the basket and used small dabs of hot glue to secure it.
The last item I added to the basket was this yellow chick I found in the Dollar Spot at Target. They came in a pack of six with three colors. I used the two yellow ones. I glued them together to give it more structure, then hot glued it to the basket handle.
I love how it turned out! It’s bright and colorful and gives a fun welcome. I especially pleased that I found a new look for that tired, old, outdated basket!
Homemade and Handcrafted