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DIY: E-A-S-T-E-R Baskets

I had so much fun making those transformed peat pots, and wanted to be able to use a few more of the wonderful Easter graphics from Graphics Fairy that I came up with a similar craft, but with a little bit of a creative twist.

Shopping links for this project are at the end of this post.

So I embellished them a little bit more and spelled out E-A-S-T-E-R on each little peat pot.

Here’s how I did it:

First I selected a graphic from Graphic’s Fairy and saved it to give me a way to easily work with it on PowerPoint.

Then after cropping, spacing and and adding additional colors and finding a wonderful font, (this one was a free one that Shabby Creek Cottage told us about) I printed this out. (those letters look like I hand stamped them on, but really it’s the font!)

For the dining room centerpiece, I purchased large peat pots, but these smaller ones I actually already had in the shed, in fact, they were in the galvanized tin basket I emptied out to use to hold the jute wrapped and Mod Podge eggs with the centerpiece… (so now the question is, do I put the leftover peat pots, back in the shed with the garden stuff, or in the craft room? Hmmm, these are the kind of things I ponder)

Then just as I made the centerpiece ones, I painted these mini pots with craft acrylic paint, just one quick coat, and after I cut out the printed graphics,

I used Mod Podge to apply the graphics onto the pots. Here they are all drying upside down. I only used one coat of Mod Podge over the top too… I just didn’t think more was necessary, and I wanted to see and feel the texture of the peat pots.

(For those of you that have never used Mod Podge, it’s like a glue and sealant all in one. So I put the Mod Podge on the whole pot, then immediately lay the graphic on top of the wet Mod Podge, then slather more Mod Podge over the top of the graphic. Just take care not to budge your carefully placed graphic)

Meanwhile, I made the ribbon handles.

A few years ago I bought a bunch of vintage ribbon. I’ve created from that stockpile many, many times since then. I found the perfect color to go with the pots, then to give it some substance to keep the handle upright, I added some strips of tagboard.

I purposely left about a half inch or so unglued at each end of the handles so that I could apply glue to both the tagboard and the ribbon onto the peat pots, just giving the handles a little bit more staying power.  I also decided to embellish the handles with glued on buttons.

So there’s the finished product!

Oh and for the ‘nest’, my husband was sweet enough to put a newspaper through the shredder at work… I like how it ties in with the words on the Mod Podge eggs I made for the Easter centerpiece.

The ledge on the sideboard above the mirror is a perfect place to display these little Easter pots.

I think I now need to get an Easter basket display of some sort to go with it…

hmmm, some more pondering…

I’m sure I have something around the house, or garden, or shed…

Remember, always shop at home first!

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Here are more Easter and spring decorating ideas:

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  1. Julia Forshee says

    Very Cute!! I am excited to get started with my daughter!! I know our readers will love it, too! We have a weekly Thursday (today:) link up party at allthingswithpurpose.com. We would love to see this post there along with the post on dying your jeans!! We are also your newest FB like 🙂

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