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Monday, March 4, 2013

DIY: Blooming Easter Baskets


Floral Easter Basket | My Growing Home

Happy Monday, friends! I've been excited to share this project with you for so many reasons, but I think the biggest is that it's my first tutorial since taking a long break, and represents a new start for me--a new chapter in creating and sharing and bringing what I hope is a bit of beauty and inspiration to you in the midst of our every-days. I've been having so much fun re-locating my creative mojo over these past few weeks (perhaps it's the imminent arrival of spring that has me going?) and I'm hoping that there is lots more of it to uncover! 

These blooming Easter baskets are a blast to make--something like assembling a huge bouquet of flowers, except that you have the added inspiration of knowing you can keep them for a long time. Depending on the colors and flowers you pick, they can go sweet, like this tiny pink one that I made for baby girl, or bold, like the daffodil-covered version below. Covering the handle with flowers makes them a bit more fragile, but ideal for party decor. Wouldn't a large one filled with eggs make a fun centerpiece? 

Blooming Easter Baskets | My Growing Home

Each flower is secured by the basket weave and a little bit of glue, which means that they aren't a super quick project, but they also aren't tedious or painstaking. I assembled both while watching TV--each one took me about the same amount of time as a good movie. And now as they sit in the window catching glints of sunlight, they are reminding me of the early spring blooms that are just around the corner. What fun to think that in just a few weeks, we'll be hunting for eggs to fill them!

Floral Easter Baskets | My Growing Home
Floral Easter Baskets | My Growing Home


And there you have it--simple and adorable baskets! Just add Easter eggs and you're ready for the holiday. I hope you find this project as happy and straightforward as I did. 

On another note, you probably noticed that I'm trying out some new formatting for my tutorial instructions. My goal is to make them more fun to look at without compromising the thoroughness that enables you to easily follow along. I'd love to know what you think!

Blessings for your week-
E


p.s. On a personal note, I have to admit to you that I'm normally a huge snob about having only fresh flowers, and Jim gave me an extreme raised eyebrow when I came in the door with an armful of fakes. We took bets on whether these would turn out kitschy and fun or like something one might carry in a wedding during the early 80s. I think I won. If you disagree, don't tell me. 
p.p.s. Michael's entire stock of faux flowers is 50% off this week


3 comments:

  1. Elis - those are adorable!! Great formatting too - how do you do that?

    Love Esther

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    1. Thanks, Esther! I used Picmonkey (which is a free photo editing service) for the formatting this time. The right answer, though, is Photoshop--hopefully I'll do it that way on the next go round!:)

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  2. Hi Elisabeth! These baskets are beautiful! I am taking the eclass with Holly too and recognized your face from seed factory. hope you are doing well! congrats on the new baby girl. :)

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