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A Tisket, A Tasket: How to Style A Charming Easter Basket

Let’s face it, when it comes to Easter baskets, kids are mainly it in for the chocolate bunnies. My kids were no different, but I loved creating beautiful and appealing Easter tableaux for them when they came downstairs to see what the Easter Bunny brought. Each year I spent weeks before Easter searching for fabulous basket booty. I always tried to fill their baskets with the cutest Easter trinkets I could find, including stuffed toys, fun little games, coloring books, and of course, lots of brightly colored foil-wrapped chocolate eggs and bunnies.

Contents of Easter Basket includes Peter Rabbit plate, colored eggs, large tin eggs filled with jelly beans, and solid Dove chocolate bunny. The Quirky chocolate sheep,  pink yarn lamb, and fluffy duckling are all from World Market.
To the right of the basket, I’ve placed a green Depression Glass bunny filled with Hershey candy covered chocolate eggs and a pretty felt watering can stuffed with more goodies.

In addition to the basket of goodies, I usually included a larger stuffed bunny. This “Bunnies By The Bay” Dutch Girl Rabbit I purchased from Hallmark years ago for one of my girls. I love all the details of her costume from the embroidery on her organza Dutch cap to the adorable polka dots on her wooden shoes.

Dutch girl Easter Bunny from Bunnies By the Bay

As for the basket, I made “bow baskets” like this one for both of my kids when they were little using a fabric stiffener that Plaid Enterprises unfortunately named “Stiffy.” It is a liquid glue-like substance that, when applied to fabric, will harden and allow the material to be molded into various shapes. Back in the early nineties, Avis Everett, an Atlanta decorator came up with the idea of using this goop to make decorator baskets topped with extravagant “Stiffy Bows.” Everett wrote several booklets for Plaid, detailing how to make these baskets that she prudently called “Bow Dazzlers.” I don’t believe these booklets are still in print, but if you are interested in the technique, they are still available from third party sellers on Amazon.

In addition to creating the bow, I also found novelty fabric that had various Easter motifs which I cut out and then decoupaged to the sides of the basket with Modge Podge. If you press the cut-outs into the wicker with a sponge, the fabric will mold to the basket, and when they dry, they will appear to be painted on.

Fabric cut-out appliques applied with decoupage.

This Easter Basket tableau brings back all the wonderful memories of Easter mornings when my kids were young. I loved dressing my girls in adorable matching outfits and Easter bonnets. We dyed dozens of eggs and staged wide-ranging Easter Egg Hunts. My husband always hid a gold colored egg and offered a substantial cash prize (a fifty cent piece) to the child who discovered its whereabouts. And I remember that we learned the hard way to hide real eggs outside when we lost an egg in the house one year, only locating it after it started to stink to the high heaven.

My girls when they were little with their “Bow Dazzler” Easter Baskets.
Matching sister Easter outfits!

I hope my bunny and basket inspires you to create a magical Easter for your kids. They grow up so fast, and we have to treasure every special moment.

Happy Easter.

 

 

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18 thoughts on “A Tisket, A Tasket: How to Style A Charming Easter Basket

  1. This is so sweet! The baskets look great! My own mother used to dress us in matching outfits for Easter, which we suffered nobly…anything for chocolate bunnies!

  2. You’re kids are so cute! And, they’re very lucky to have such beautiful Easter baskets – filled with a ton of great stuff!

    The baskets are beautiful. I’m sure your kids will want them when they have youngsters of their own to bring back wonderful memories.

  3. Lisa
    That was fabulous! Children do grow up fast! I love the Felt watering can. What a fun option for a easter container.
    I loved hearing about your traditions. Sadly We too have lost a dyed egg or two. Still children make celebrating easter so much fun. Not so much when they grow up. Grand children, however do spark a new love.
    Happy Easter Celebrations!

  4. What a sweet and funny post. Your little girls were adorable with their matching outfits and those great big baskets. You had me cracking up when you mentioned the “stiffy”. I don’t remember that but they must have gotten a lot of flack for it. Your little bunny from Holland is super adorable with her matching outfit. And here’s to chocolate everything! Happy Easter!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comments about my Easter Basket post and thank you for hosting the Sweet Inspiration Link Party. I hope you have a great weekend and a Happy Easter.

    1. Thank you so much for featuring my Easter Basket post on your Friday Feature Linky Party. It means so much to me. I hope you have a very happy Easter!

  5. AMazing basket, love the Mode Podge adds a nice touch!!
    You are featured this week on #OMHGFF stop by and check out the other great features this week! Happy Easter!!

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