Posted by Eileen
Every holiday has become alarmingly food-centric. Quite frankly, it stresses me out.
Bags filled with candy for Halloween, baskets and plastic eggs brimming with junk for Easter, stockings filled with sugar for Christmas.
Even Irish potatoes have taken over Saint Patrick's Day. I'm talking the sugary cream cheese kind, not the ones the Irish actually eat.
My family and I have opted out of this candy culture for wholesome, healing foods. In doing so, we have overcome a myriad of health problems - but I'll save that for another post.
Rather than sit and worry about how I'm going to fill my family's Easter baskets or what prize I'll hide in the Easter eggs, I came up with 200+ awesome ideas for Easter baskets that are not candy or junk food.
The ideas are organized by theme - because who doesn't love a themed basket?!
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A Summery Basket - Line this summery Easter basket with a beach towel, or instead of an Easter basket, use a beach pail.
For Kids Who Love the Outdoors – Use a blanket, for picnics or relaxing outside, to line this Easter basket.
Rainy Day Basket for Kids – Line this basket with a picnic blanket or cuddly reading rug.
Bath and Body Care Basket - For an Easter grass alternative, use a cozy blanket or bathrobe to line this basket.
An Entirely Homemade Basket – Line this homemade basket with your knitting, hopscotch mat, or t-shirts, as a fun basket liner.
For College Students - A cute spring scarf or a college t-shirt would make a great basket liner, rather than using Easter grass.
Healthy Living Basket - A reusable bag would make a great liner for your green friend or family member.
For Crafty Adults - Instead of using Easter grass, use felt for a creative liner.
For Your Significant Other – Use a spring scarf or cozy blanket to line this basket.
A Basket for Dads – Use the t-shirt to line the basket, as a green alternative to Easter grass.
For Practical People – Line the basket with bubble wrap or packing paper, something practical that will be reused.
For Dogs or Cats – Use a basket that you can reuse as your dog or cat’s toy bin.
All About Eating for Kids – Use the easy wipe cloth as a basket liner, as a cute Easter grass alternative.
Ideas for Filling Easter Eggs
Creative Easter Egg Hunts
From crafty baskets to summery baskets to outdoorsy baskets, kids will love these creative items and not even notice the lack of junk food. Adults will love the time and thought you put into creating baskets.
The creative Easter egg hunt ideas are perfect for friendly competition or a good laugh.
With hundreds of ideas for Easter baskets and egg hunts, you can totally pull off a candy-free, junk-food free Easter without any stress.
You know how in the magazines you always see tips on how to wear a clothing staple (such as black pants) in several different ways. It'll say add a jean jacket for a casual look, a button-down shirt for work, and an interesting top with heels for a night out.
Well, I could never get that to work for me.
My black pants always just looked like black pants, and when I changed my top, it wouldn't go with my pants - so then, the entire outfit had to change. I'm all about efficiency, but I guess fashion just wasn't my thing.
Luckily, I see the DIY world differently.
For the upcoming holiday, I had plans to make one Easter craft - bunny bags. While finishing up the bags, I started to think of more craft ideas that would use the exact same bunny template.
I might not be able to make black pants work, but I can most certainly make a cute bunny template work in a dozen different ways.
Listed below are 12 easy Easter crafts that all use the same free bunny printable.
Download Easter Bunny Template
1. Easter Bunny Bags
When we used to have Easter egg hunts at my Grandma's house, we always needed a place to store the goodies that we found inside the eggs. Our grandma would give us a gallon ziplock bag with our name on it to carry our goodies home.
Rather than ziplock bags, how cute would it be to use these cute Easter bunny bags?
You could also use them for Easter gifts, hostess gifts, or other festive goodies :)
They take minutes to make and are such a cute touch.
As far as the bags and the card stock, you can be as creative as you'd like. There are lots of patterned papers, sparkly papers, and patterned bags. I kept mine simple with plain bags and card stock with a subtle texture.
2. Burlap Easter Banner
How cute is this burlap banner? I recently posted an article on how to make these burlap banners for St. Patrick's Day.
I loved them so much that I thought a bunny banner would be a nice replacement for the shamrocks that had taken stock on our mantel.
The banner takes under an hour to make - and could not have been easier. I love a craft that I have long finished before my son wakes up from his nap.
If you are hosting Easter dinner or looking for a holiday craft, this is a cute one that turns out beautifully, doesn't break the bank, and won't use up all your time.
3. Adorable Easter Cards
I love having my son make cards for others. I think it instills such a great message to spend time making something special for someone else.
Not to mention, it makes the recipients so happy to get a cute piece of mail from him.
These cards are really easy - they take five minutes and use the same bunny template. You can make it a kids version by having your child decorate or color the bunny.
Or, you can send as is - with a cute piece of scrapbook paper and a pom-pom.
4. Easter Egg Hunt Markers
Easter egg hunts can be a little hard for little kids - especially since they are trying to keep up with the older ones.
A simple way to help them find eggs is to put little egg markers, where eggs are hidden for them. Then, explain to the older ones to not find eggs near the egg markers.
Have the little ones look for the bunnies :)
You could also use the popsicle stick markers to create little signs for the hunt - such as follow the path to the backyard signs or "Bunny Crossing" signs.
5. Popsicle Stick Bunny Figures
While you have your popsicle sticks out, have your child decorate a few bunny templates. They could color them, paint them, adorn them with googly eyes or feathers - or whatever you have around your house.
After your child has finished decorating their bunnies, simply tape or glue the bunnies to popsicle sticks for kids to play with.
My son is obsessed with this song "The Finger Family," and he loved creating a bunny family with these.
He also loved that we were both working on bunnies together. As I was working on the below bunny banner, he was decorating his bunnies... kind of like parallel play :)
6. Card Stock Banner
Another type of banner you could make is a cardstock one. The materials are a little easier to gather than the burlap ones (although the burlap one is more fun :).
Just trace your bunnies onto card stock, punch holes in their ears, thread onto the ribbon, and glue on the tail.
If you have older kids, they could make this banner for Easter to decorate the dining room or their bedroom. I would have loved to do this craft growing up :)
Kids that are older than toddlers, but not old enough to make the banner on their own, could practice their fine motor skills by threading the bunnies onto the ribbon.
Last, you could write a message across the bunnies - such as "Happy Easter" or "Jesus Has Risen."
7. Easter Bunny Foam Wreath
Another fun decoration for kids to help with is a bunny wreath. I cut bunnies out of foam, and then arranged them into a wreath. My son then painted the bunnies - and we hung it up on the wall.
I then used this ring to line the bunnies up in a perfect circle, carefully gluing the bunnies to each other.
Afterward, I had my son go to town decorating the bunnies with paint :) He loved it and painting all of the bunnies kept his attention for a long time.
8. Bunny Basket
Similar to the bunny bags listed above, glue a bunny to any kind of basket or container, and make a little Easter bunny basket.
I made this one with a empty plastic cashew container. I was about to toss it in recycling when the idea popped into my head.
After washing out the cashew container, I cut and glued card stock to the sides of the container. The top edge looked like it needed a little something extra - so I put ribbon about the perimeter. I then glued a bunny to the front, and voila - a recycled Easter basket!
This is a great project to do with kids who love crafts. You can be as creative as you would like finding things to turn into Easter baskets. You could even use a pipe cleaner as the handle :)
9. Easter Felt-Scape
My number one crafting material is and will always be felt. So, my Easter crafts wouldn't be complete without incorporating it.
My son also loves felt, and I've made him a few felt busy boxes. He plays with them during quiet time or even at church when he was younger.
The felt scenes occupy him for so long - and allow him to be creative.
So, why not make a 10-minute felt-scape with a bunny scene?
Don't glue anything down but the background, as your child will have fun arranging and re-arranging these into a scene.
10. Easter Basket Tags
This one is a simple yet elegant one. Use the bunny template as tags to labeling Easter baskets, hostess gifts, or even the bottle of wine you're bringing to Easter dinner.
All you need is the bunny template, ribbon, and a marker. It certainly puts a cute touch on your gifts.
11. Easter Food Labels
With all of the food allergies and food preferences out there, I LOVE going to a party and seeing that the food is labeled. You know exactly what's in something and whether it is for you - or not.
If you have a few extra bunnies laying around, simply write the names of your dishes on the cards (this is especially helpful for buffet-style meals), so your guests will be eating at ease.
If Easter dinner isn't a buffet, use the bunny template as place cards - or even have your child decorate them as such.
12. Easter Bunny Garland
Last but not least, use the bunny template to create bunny garland. This is another quick craft that brings a lot of festivity.
It's super simple and turns out cute.
With this easy bunny template, you can create 12 awesome Easter crafts. I've personally made all of them - and they are simple, easy ideas that are fun and festive.
You can work along side your kids, crafting banners while they decorate bunnies. Kids love doing things with their parents, so these ideas are perfect for just that :)
You see, I might not be able to create outfits with closet staples, but I can certainly bring some ease and efficiency to the DIY world.
With these simple DIY crafts, you can most certainly bring simple festivity to your Easter holiday.
Posted by Eileen
With our yard covered in snow, it's hard to believe that spring starts next week. Yet, as the snow melts and we start to see the green foliage again, we'll soon be getting our yard in shape for spring.
Last year, Ash and I did a lot of outdoor projects in our yard, and many of these projects have saved us time and money.
Here are our 6 favorite backyard DIY projects that undoubtedly make our lives easier.
1. Raised Planter Box with a Rain Barrel
Hoping to have a garden this year? Think about using a raised planter box.
Not only will you have awesome homegrown food (which saves money, shortens your shopping list, and is all around healthier), but you can easily keep critters and pets away from your vegetables with this planter box.
Planter boxes also offer better weed and pest control. You don't have to worry if your yard doesn't have good soil. Additionally, planter boxes are also great for those who are elderly or disabled.
This easy build can be completed in a weekend - and you can reap the benefits all summer. It also holds up great from to year-to-year too!
As an added feature, we built a rain barrel reservoir that collects rain water to water that we then water the garden with. (Make sure to check out your local laws to see if conserving water is allowed.)
If you are looking to grow your own veggies this summer, this planter box definitely will make for easy gardening.
Check out our planter box tutorial.
2. Storage Shed
If your garage looks anything like ours did, it was a haphazard mess. It housed Ash's tools, workbenches, riding mower, snow blower, gardening tools, holiday decorations, outdoor furniture, and pretty much anything else we could jam in there.
Ash isn't the most organized person but he does know when enough is enough. That's when he started his dream project of building a shed from the ground up. It took him a couple of months, but he single-handedly built this beautiful backyard structure.
With the gardening tools, outdoor toys and furniture, and riding mower moved to the shed, our garage is much more organized.
If you are in need of more storage, think about building a shed. It will hold so much, making it easier for you to find and store your things.
Check out the step-by-step plans on how my computer programming husband built a gorgeous shed from the ground up.
3. Shade Sail
Too much sun in your backyard? Thinking about a porch or an awning? You can save money and get some shade by installing a shade sail.
These are simply fabric canopies suspended in the air, providing relief from the sun in a cost-effective way.
We weren't ready to drop the money for an awning, and we weren't sure we wanted to turn our sunny patio into a porch, so the shade sail was an easy, good choice for us.
Check out our shade sail post, including our deciding factors and installation
If you have large yard, do a lot of landscaping, or are tired of hauling heavy yard bags around the yard, think about building a wagon for your riding mower.
This wagon, which can be hitched to the riding mower or used as a stand-alone cart, has certainly been earning its keep around here.
This wagon has reduced the time and energy we spend carrying things around our yard. We constantly use it to move yard bags to the curb and transport items between the shed and the garage.
It's more sturdy and stable than a wheel barrow, and it holds a lot more.
Here is a picture of the wagon in action:
In addition to the time and effort saved, it was a fun, easy build.
Check out how Ash made this wagon.
Although less fun than building a wagon or a shed, walkways and pathways are aesthetically pleasing and make getting around your yard easier.
Over the years, Ash and I have put in two pathways - a stone pathway from our house to our floating deck and a boardwalk connecting our patio to our yard.
Both of these were quick projects that yielded a lot of benefits.
Below is the stone pathway from our first home, where the patio and the deck are separated by the yard.
We put this stone pathway in and were surprised at how much use it got. It gave a direct path to the deck and the grill, and our dog used it all the time to avoid the mud and snow :)
In our second home, we had no direct path from our patio into the yard. It was more like a downhill, rocky nature walk.
Knowing that wouldn't work for our toddler or our dog, Ash removed some shrubs and built a wooden pathway, making for a beautiful entrance from our patio and deck into the yard.
Both projects took a weekend or less and definitely had impacting results.
Check out our stone pathway and wooden pathway tutorials.
6. Picnic Table
After putting all that hard work into your yard, why not top it off with a quick picnic table build?
A picnic table is an easy place for your family to eat from the grill, without having to carry the food back in the house. Eating outside keeps your kitchen table and floors cleaner, as the birds can eat the crumbs :)
The picnic table is different from other outdoor furniture because it can stay outside year round. This build also holds up really nicely from year-to-year.
Check out our tutorial on building a nice-looking picnic table in just one day.
If you are looking to make your life a little easier throughout the warmer months, think about undertaking one of these backyard DIY projects.
We have personally completed all of them, and we truly benefit from them all season long.
The raised planter box provides us with healthy, easy veggies without worrying about critters getting in, the shade sail makes relaxing on the patio pleasant during the hot summer months, and I don't know what we would do without the storage that the shed provides.
The wagon helps with the yardwork (and has provided a few fall wagon rides), the pathways were a necessity to make our yard more functional for our family, and the picnic table is a perfect summer spot to enjoy stress-free summer meals.
Most of the projects (aside from the shed) take only a weekend of time - and you can enjoy them all season long.
Scanning the shelves in Michaels with a 55% coupon in hand, I looked around for something I could make an easy, do-it-yourself banner with.
My eyes landed on a pad of burlap card stock.
There were 24 individual sheets of burlap, backed with cardboard.
Being the worst at cutting straight lines, I figured that individual sheets would save a lot of frustration.
And, I had been looking for an opportunity to work with burlap.
People love burlap - and it's everywhere. I've seen mason jars wrapped in burlap, curtains made from burlap, flowers wrapped in burlap, and entire weddings crafted from burlap.
I even worked with a teacher who covered all of her bulletin boards in burlap.
I had never crafted with this material before - but I do agree that burlap brings a natural warmth and texture - so I was excited to check it out.
So, I got started on my project - which was to make a St. Patrick's Day banner from homemade stencils and burlap.
First, I simply made a triangular cut on the bottom of each sheet.
The burlap was easy to cut into with the cardboard backing.
Then, I traced a shamrock onto card stock - and carefully cut out just the middle. This made the shamrock into a stencil.
I then taped it onto the burlap, making the cardstock as flat as possible.
Next, I used the foam brush (probably should have used a 1/2 inch foam brush - but I like to use what I have) to dab on the green paint.
Be careful to keep your brush straight, so it doesn't slip under the stencil.
As a side note, I tried this using a regular paint brush also. While it worked, it took a lot longer and didn't give a consistent coat. You can definitely use a regular paint brush, but the foam brush did a nicer job.
For the stripes, I used strips of scotch tape to create the lines. Then, I just dabbed on the green paint onto the burlap.
Immediately after, I removed the tape and moved on to the next sheet.
I also recommend doing a test with the colors/stencils you will be using. I tried a few different shades of green to see what would work best - and a few different shapes to see how they would look.
Pictured below is the edge of my desk, with my stencil and scotch tape strips. Rather than use a ridiculous amount of tape, I used the same four strips over and over, and I hung them here while not in use.
I also went back and forth with painting a shamrock, then stripes - this gave the stencils/tape a little dry time before more use.
Here are two of the burlap pennants, in the process of drying.
Both the card stock stencil and the tape worked really well. The paint looked very neat, and I had a nice, clean outline on every pennant.
After the individual pennants were dry (only took a few minutes), I used burlap ribbon and hot glue to connect them into a banner.
I found the burlap ribbon at Michaels during a 70% off sale prior to the holidays. I bought loads of ribbon then, without a use for any of it.
I was ecstatic to find the burlap ribbon during this project - knowing I had the perfect use for it. And, I love that I got it when it was a great price. That's why I love stocking up on craft supplies :)
So, I lined up my stripes and shamrocks in the order I liked and flipped them over for gluing.
Then, I used my handy glue gun to do two drops of glue on either side of every pennant.
Before you glue, make sure you have your banner in the right order. I once glued an entire banner in backward order - and let me tell you, I wasn't happy when my "Happy 40th" banner said "40th-Y-P-P-A-H."
Also, remember to leave extra ribbon on both sides for hanging.
I LOVED the way the sign turned out - it was so festive and added much more to our mantel than some of the store-bought St. Patrick's Day decorations.
I don't know which shocked me more - the fact that I made the banner for less than $5 or that I made it in less than an hour.
It was a total naptime creation, with time to spare :)
I shouldn't have waited so long to start working with burlap. It was easier than I expected, took a small amount of time and effort, and yielded great results!
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Hi! We're Ash and Eileen, and we are sharing our home project stories with you. From crafty projects to home maintenance to more ambitious DIY endeavors, we hope our stories inspire you to check a few things off your project list! :)