Easter Basket Alternative #2

If you have an older child that you still enjoy creating an Easter basket for, it’s thrifty to utilize a “useful” container as the basket.  Last year, I used a self-closing storage container (https://seasonalhome.wordpress.com/2010/02/16/easter-basket-alternative/), but this year I chose an inexpensive insulated cooler.  It’s large, lead-free and closes up (with velcro tabs) for easy storage when not in use.  The cost was $10 (Walgreens).  And as you can see, the side pockets create great places to tuck some of the goodies.

[I filled up the excess room, in the bottom of the cooler, with a medium-sized FLAT RATE box from the post office.  That way, you only have to place a few small gifts inside]

HAPPY EASTER!

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“Springy” Easter Kitchen & Chandelier

There are a lot of black (accents) in THE SEASONAL HOME kitchen.  That creates a slight decorating challenge for me, especially during the seasons & holidays, but one that I absolutely love!  There are a ton of colors that go great with black (lime, lemon, pumpkin, ruby, cornflower, lilac, etc.) and I am enjoying exploring them all.

For Spring and Easter, I am using yellow and green as my accent colors, in the form of  chicks and cabbage leaves.  I began with my black cabinets that I filled with a green soup tureen and other “cabbage” accents, alongside my bunnies (the silver couple are my fav).  I just had to add a little jelly bean display because it’s not Easter without jelly beans!

And I didn’t leave out my chandelier!  A few (faux) cabbage leaves, some chick-filled nests, a botanical garland, daisies and some black & white checked ribbon have transformed an ordinary light fixture into a Spring-y delight!

 

 

EASTER BASKET ALTERNATIVE!

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Do you have an older child that you still enjoy gifting with a few goodies on Easter?  The typical Easter basket is perfect to fill for younger children, but seems kind of silly for older children.   I still “gift” my grown children on Easter (mostly with useful necessities), which made me realize that I should put them inside a “useful” container too!  The container I choose every year is part of the gift and I try to find something I know they can use.  In the photo above, you’ll see I used small, self-closing storage containers, which I kept closed by tying a ribbon around it (in a bow) and adding a coordinated “TO” tag I printed on my computer.  Of course, I continue to use Easter grass in between the little gifts inside to create a touch of nostalgia from their youth.  This is a great idea for those of you who want to send an Easter basket to an adult child who lives in another state (possibly away at college) or a soldier serving overseas.  They’ll LOVE this updated adult version and your thoughtfulness too!

CHECK OUT… my other Easter and Spring ideas by clicking on those categories (see CATEGORIES list on the right side of this page) to enjoy previous posts under those topics!)

EASTER EGG HUNT “PRIZE BASKET”!

Awesome Prize Basket!

AWESOME EGG HUNT PRIZE BASKET! (Design/Image/Idea copyrighted by Creative Family Traditions. All rights reserved.)

THIS IDEA IS FROM MY BOOK :-)

For the ITEM BREAKDOWN video on this basket, check out the YOUTUBE video link below.

Usually, I break our Easter Egg Hunts down by age groups and genders.  This year, we are on a tighter budget, but I refuse to give up the fun and exercise we get from such an exciting event as an egg hunt.  So, I am concentrating the available funds (small amount donated by each family or individual hunter) on one hunt with one prize… and it’s a good one!  It may look expensive, but it’s really not, especially if you have help from the rest of the family.  We’ll still have a small prize for the wee ones’ hunt too.  If you enjoy celebrating with your family in fun ways, this idea and many more easy-to-do traditions are in my book.  Check it out on my website http://www.CreativeFamilyTraditions.com!

Also, THINK BIG when you’re decorating outside.  The HUGE eggs (in the photo below) should certainly count for a few EXTRA POINTS during your egg hunt!  Why does this photo bring to mind Jordan Almonds!??

If you find yourself enjoying my holiday decorating, please feel free to check out my book too.  Not only is it full of tried & true holiday traditions, but it also has MORE great holiday decorating.   It’s available for preview and purhase at  www.CreativeFamilyTraditions.com

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Use your Easter Wreath as a Display!

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At only 17 cents per idea, you won’t find a better, more affordable gift anywhere!   Available ONLY at my website: www.CReativeFAmilyTRaditions.com.  Thank you! :-)

Most people display wreaths vertically on a door or wall. This unusual idea, however, demonstrates another creative use for your decoration-in-the-round! It was born from my need to display a grouping of sweet, spring ornaments. But, this design would be just as beautiful on its own or using some-thing like Easter eggs too! Since my ornament collection consisted of little animals, dressed up in their spring finery, I decided to create a tiny, flower-dotted forest. The following are the directions so you can create your own little bog:

on one side of a grapevine wreath, glue preserved green moss. Cut single stems of silk spring flowers, at varying heights.  With a touch of glue on the (non-flower) end, insert each stem into the wreath. Fill in between & underneath the flowers with faux baby’s breath or other tiny silk flowers to create a lower floral element as well. Space your ornaments (if you have a collection to use) equal distances apart. Keep them in place by using a tiny touch of (low temp) hot glue or tack-it gummy temporary adhesive (sold in office supply sections of most stores). This design idea would also be adorable stretched vertically along a fireplace mantle as a garland!
Another Option: consider featuring something in the center of the wreath, like a large candle, apothecary jar (full of glittery eggs or an Easter house on basket grass), etc.
If (like me) you enjoy decorating and celebrating during the seasons & holidays, please check out my book of traditions (Creative Family Traditions and Ideas).  It’s full of my creative and original ideas that I road tested with my own family and it covers the entire year!  It’s available for preview and purchase at www.CreativeFamilyTraditions.com.

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Spring Topiary ~ Perfect for Bridal Shower and Wedding too!

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To make this quick & easy cutie, you will need:

Apx. 2 dozen 3” (flower head measurement) silk Gerbera Daisies
Clay pot or other floral container (check clearance aisles!)
Slim branch (2-1/2 x the height of your container)
4″ (in diameter) styrofoam ball
Apx. 2 dozen tiny, silk white daisies
Faux soil product (called “Looks Like Soil”) – or – preserved moss
Additional styrofoam piece (to fit inside container) -or- Plaster of Paris

Begin by placing (instant mix) Plaster of Paris inside the container, filling it apx. 2/3 full. Place one end of your branch into the center of your container (while plaster is still wet). Hold or prop-up branch vertically until the plaster dries. When filler is dry, add a small amount of glueto other end of branch. Immediately place center of styrofoam ball over top of branch & gently push down (apx. 2”) to secure stick inside styrofoam ball. Allow to dry. In the meantime, prepare faux dirt product or preserved moss and add it to the top of the container (if you do this while the plaster is still drying, it will keep the moss or dirt in place). Allow to dry (apx. 15 minutes).  Cut the stems of each Gerbera Daisy to apx. 2″ in length.  Starting at the top center, gently push each stem into the styrofoam ball, continuing until the entire ball is covered. Hot glue the small white daisies around the base of the branch & add a silk ribbon bow under the styrofoam ball for a finishing touch. This design is beautiful to display all spring and would also make the perfect compliment to a bridal shower or wedding reception too! 
I love to decorate around the seasons & holidays!  If you’d like to see more of my seasonal design ideas alongside my unique traditions, check out my book “Creative Family Traditions and Ideas”, available for preview & purchase on this website, and thanks for your support!
Here’s another version, made with live flowers –