Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Bright and Cheerful Industrial Easter Basket Centerpiece
I have been wanting to do a table top centerpiece for our kitchen table for Easter for awhile... last year I ran out of time and so this year I was determined to make it happen. While at Hobby Lobby, I saw a table display of industrial wire baskets and galvanized metal pieces. It was there that I decided I wanted to use a wire basket for the centerpiece.
I knew I wanted some 'grass' tied with a pretty bow inside the basket. I came across a plaid bow in beautiful bright spring colors... I knew these colors would match some of the plastic Easter egg colors! I decided to spruce up the plastic eggs with some ribbons tied around where you'd normally see their crease. I have quite a stash of ribbons and I selected colors from my ribbon stash at home, which saved me some money. I also threw in some natural colored Spanish moss to line the button of the basket.
I just really love how a little bit of ribbon can really dress up an otherwise boring plastic Easter egg. I also think of this metal basket as a basket you would collect eggs in on the farm and it just blends perfectly with the eggs.
And. this ribbon... it has a touch of green in the plaid, which goes perfectly with the green monkey grass that it is tied around.
I love the fresh and sharp cut of the grass on the bottom, almost as though it is a wild bouquet with a ribbon around it.
Are you ready to see the simple instructions on how to make this beauty?
As you'll see here... the supplies are pretty minimal. You can use plastic eggs or even real eggs... if you use real eggs, you could dye them in bright colors or go with a more natural colored bow. The grass I used is monkey grass. The Spanish moss is the same kind of liner you'd fill the bottom of a faux potted tree with... you'll want a basket or something that you can place all of your items in. You'll also need ribbon to line your eggs with, if you use real eggs, you may opt out on the ribbon.
Line your basket with the Spanish moss.
I bought two sections of monkey grass and tied them together with a rubber band and twine and then used a pruner (gardening tool) and cut the bottom so the grass became 'loose' and not secured together on the end by a base. This resulted in a sharp edge for each piece of grass. You can leave the rubber band and/or twine tied around the middle, because you will later cover it with the bow.
To make the bow, I used my Bowdabra, of course! It makes it SO easy to make a perfect bow!
Tie your bow onto your monkey grass.
Then it was time for my favorite part of the craft, decorating the plastic eggs with ribbon! I just cut a strip of ribbon that was as long as the perimeter of the egg. I then put a strip of hot glue on the back side of the ribbon and rolled the egg around it to adhere it. So easy!
Which one is your favorite? My favorite is the one with the pom poms!
I then placed the eggs in the basket.
And, you've got yourself a bright and cheery, yet industrial Easter basket centerpiece!
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