Friday, April 17, 2009

DIY: Cheap and chic Easter baskets

We hosted Chris' dad, stepmom and little sister Krissy for Easter dinner. The food was delicious (try this trifle recipe -- you won't be disappointed), but the baskets were my favorite part.

In about an hour-and-a-half, I transformed three cheap generic baskets into festive Easter baskets. You could easily adapt this project to add a personal touch to a house-warming or birthday gift.

Here's what you'll need:

- Natural wood baskets (I bought mine at the Container Store for $4/each)
- Hot glue gun/glue sticks

- Festive tissue paper

- Krinkly paper shreds

- Ribbon
(I had all of the ribbon on hand. Did you know there is a ribbon outlet in Hagerstown, MD? It is SO worth the drive!)
- Miscellaneous notions and trim
- Inexpensive treats, goodies and small gifts
Use hot glue to trim the edges of your basket in ribbon (mine covered some ugly visible staples). Wrap the handle in ribbon (I dotted a bead of glue under each twist to make sure it stayed in place). Line basket with a piece of tissue paper and fill with shredded paper. Add bows or additional adornments and treats. Voila!

I used vintage pink velvet ribbon and a fun yarn bow for Chris' 11-year-old sister's basket. Her basket was filled with Target jewelry (what girl doesn't love this?), Jonas Brothers socks, a giant Lip Smackers watermelon lip gloss and candy.

The basket Chris and I shared turned out the cutest! I love the peacock green grosgrain ribbon with the vintage pink velvet ribbon. And I love the wrapped handle. (Oh, and I especially loved the Mad Men Season 1 BluRay, the Doris Day/Rock Hudson three-movie anthology and the Australian licorice!)

Tip: For making the bows around the top rim of the basket look perfect: fold your ribbon into a loop, making sure the ends are longer than the loops. Pinch in the middle. Use another piece of ribbon to wrap the center of the loop, making a bow. Glue together.

I kept my Easter table simple and bright -- using my everyday red dishes, mustard yellow napkins and my grandmother's vintage flower tablecloth.

A vase full of
ranunculus was the perfect final touch. These are the cheeriest flowers! I totally want to take a cue from Chelsea (the mastermind of {frolic!} and use them to decorate a vibrant summer table.
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Ming said...

Darling! Those bows on the basket really are perfect!

katyn said...

I love the baskets and your table. You have such a knack for making things beautiful.

aniC said...

i want to be you when i grow up.

Alex M. said...

I love the great easter basket was cute but not chic..heehee btw i changed my blog address now its hope you read it and keep up to date! ill eamil it to you to make it easier! :)

DC Diva said...

Sooooo cute!

Jessica F. said...

You are so freaking fabulous! I LOVE you!

These Is My Words is one of my top 5 all time favorite books. Captain Jack is my number one favorite fictional character... sorry Edward. He really knows how to take care of his girl!

Gel said...

Like always you know how to throw a party! It looks beatiful. Wish you were here to help me with mine!! Thanks for all your help

Holly said...

so cute of course!

did you know ranunculus are my favorite flowers?????

Andrea Marie Photography said...

Omigosh, I love those baskets and your easter meal looked beautiful. You totally inspired me to make special baskets for my family too!

Cardon & Whitney said...

I am totally making these next year. so cute.