Monday, March 26, 2018

Quick, Easy Easter Project!

A few weeks ago, I was out on my rounds and saw this very cute and highly overpriced basket in a shop.


And I thought "I can do that."

Supplies:


  • Small basket or handled box
  • Faux carrots -- number based on size of  basket
  • Glue Gun and glue sticks

It's insulting to even write this down because we're all over five, so forgive me.

Instructions: Attach carrots to basket with glue gun. (See, I told you.)


And you're done.



A couple of things here -- first, unless you have oodles of carrots, your basket will be need to be quite small. I thought I had small baskets but even the smallest I tried called for more carrots than I had bought (15) and I didn't feel like going back. (And I confess, I liked all of the rejects better because they had a taller handle like the one in the shop and that made a difference for my second point below.

But I did have this little wooden box with a handle I'd bought with greens at Christmas a year or two ago and it was perfect. If you use a rounder or more contoured basket you will probably want to line up your carrots like the original sample and not straight up and down, but this was a flat-sided box.

Second, I do like the fluffy carrot tops on the store's version but I decided not to do that. Yet. Here's why. I wanted to put the bunny inside and it was a low handle. Anything too tall would run into the handle. If I fluffed the carrot tops, you couldn't see the bunny at all unless I trimmed them quite low. And I wasn't sure I wanted to do that. It's not like you can put back what you cut off. (I learned that at the ripe old age of six when I cut my doll's hair playing beauty parlor.)


I thought about trimming the carrot greens and I still might, but I kind of liked him peeking through.


If you want fluffier greens, you can trim and shred the carrot greens and fluff them up. I may try that, but so far, this is what I've got!

Total cost on this project: $8.50 for the carrots (five bundles of three at $2.99, minus 40 percent off). I had the glue, box and bunny. Cost of store basket: $35. Does not include bunny.

(A quick note to reader Carolyn who wanted to know where to get the carrots used in the basket project in the last post. I found a bunch of 3 for $2.99 (and then 40% off) at Hobby Lobby, but if that's not convenient, Michael's or JoAnn's probably have them. I saw them today at Pier One for $4.99 -- same thing -- minus 20%)

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42 comments:

Joanne Huffman said...

Very cute project!

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

I love you and the way you think. Had to say it. Oh, so many times I walk through a store and see something I know I can make. You want how much for an old tin can with burlap?

You made me laugh too. None of us are 5 - Yup! Reminds me of a can of beans I bought years ago. On the back of the can it said
Open can
Remove beans
Heat in pot.

I was like what??? Then I remembered the idiots who would try heating in the can and sueing when it blew up in their faces.

Carol

Mae Travels said...

to think that I didn't even know faux carrots were a thing!

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com (a very un-crafty person)

Lynne said...

Cute project and tutorial!
I liked the bunny peeking through the carrot tops!
(Amazing the prices for baskets, yours is perfect!)

Valerie-Jael said...

This is a great idea, what a fantastic decoration you made. Enjoy it! Hugs, Valerie

Marilyn Miller said...

So cute and love the bunny peaking out through the garden of carrots. Wondering where one looks for fake carrots?

Pam Jackson said...

Oh my gosh...how adorble is that??? I love it.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Jeanie, what a cute basket. It would make an adorable Easter gift for a little one. I love the carrots. You are so creative, what a cute project.

Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

Linda deV said...

Whoa! Well done Jeanie. I love it.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

That is so cute and I would NEVER pay $35 for that other basket. Love the carrots, must find some before Sunday!

Mac n' Janet said...

Great version and the price was right.

Jean R. said...

Oh my gosh! I'd love to make some of those carrots for a party I have coming up! Very cute and playful!

BB said...

So cute, Jeanie, and much less expense.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How cute is THAT! I need to try to make some carrots. These would be cute with my bunnies...or dollies! You are SO smart! Hugs!

William Kendall said...

Well done!

I need orange said...

Cute! I love the bunny peeking out. Subtle, and something that rewards more attention than just a glance....... :-)

(People talk about this in quilting -- having something that can't be seen from a distance, to reward people for coming up for a closer look. :-) )

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

I love it! You did a wonderful job and thanks for the DIY.
Happy Easter to you.

Hugs,
Mary

Dr. Kathy McCoy said...

Wow, Jeanie! That’s so cute! I didn’t know one could even buy faux carrots! I always, always learn something new from your wonderful, creative posts!

My name is Erika. said...

very very clever! This is a super idea Jeanie. And how nice to save a bundle (of carrots) making it yourself. It is perfect for Easter. Happy Monday (although it is not early Monday for sure.) Hugs-Erika

BeachGypsy said...

Jeanie that is so cute! I love it! Where will you put it in your house? Hope your week is starting out well and how is the weather there--has it warmed up any yet? Hoping for some warm and mild spring weather to be headed your way.

Tracy said...

WOW... such FUN, Jeanie! What are those faux carrots made of? They almost look like raffia. This is sooo cute... just love the expression of the bunny, and him peeking out. :) Hoppy Easter!! ((HUGS))

Pam Richardson said...

Jeanie, what an adorable project! I could do this with my little princess, or she could just watch. Thank you for this cute Easter idea and Happy Tuesday!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning Jeanie! The Easter hour is coming and I can't wait. We always make a thermos of tea, drive off to one of the larger lakes and have our annual "Sunrise service" in the car. I love the various ways we all welcome in the season of new life, and carrots are very apropos in our garden, aren't they! Yesterday when Ruben was off to work (I'm home on spring break), an old veteran rabbit in our garden popped out and seemed to say, "HEY Y'ALL! Easter is Sunday!" We were delighted.

Enjoy all the colors and hope of the new season.

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

Clever adaptation! I like the bunny peeking out of the high greenery!
You're a regular Easter Bunny!
Are you making Easter baskets, too? LOL

La Table De Nana said...

Hippity Hop cuteness Jeanie..well done!

The French Hutch said...

Jeanie, this is such a darling basket and I see why you wanted to take it home with you. But, it was pricy and that would stop me in my tracks! Your DIY basket project is smart, thrifty and adorable. Except,for the hard to follow instructions, LOL! This is so cute with the bunny. I will look for the carrots, I have a basket that would be perfect for this project. Love this........

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Darling Jeanie, thank you for coming to my OLD BLOG! It was fabulous to see you there this morning and thank you so much for your kind words.

Jeanne Washburn said...

Your basket is adorable and perfect. Love the leafy carrot tops. Says Happy Easter in the most delightful way!

Carolyn Marnon said...

Where did you find your carrots for such a terrific price?

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Jeanie This is so cute. Love the little bunny peeking through the patch..Happy Week to you..Judy

Bonnie said...

Very cute, Jeanie.
Have a wonderful Easter!

Ricki Treleaven said...

I tell ya what: I need quick and easy. Our plans changed TODAY and now we'll be spending Easter at home with both girls instead of out of town. I'm still looking at shamrocks around here, and I should probably get off the computer and get busy! ;P

Victoria Zigler said...

Cute idea!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Not sure how I missed this post, but I am delighted you shared it with us. I am also thrilled you shared where you got the carrots, too. It turned out very cute and you saved a ton by making this yourself!

thepaintedapron.com said...

This is adorable Jeanie! There is nothing wrong with simple projects!

shoreacres said...

The basket's adorable. Faux carrots? Who knew? Not me, that's for sure. But of course, I've never had a glue gun or glue sticks in my life. I wouldn't even know where to get those, let alone the carrots. (Although I know that, now, thanks to your footnote!)

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

That is adorable!!!

Tammie Lee said...

Must bee a good feeling to make the basket that you saw. Fun. Lovely spring basket.

Polly said...

What a difference in cost, and yours is gorgeous, I too like the bunny peeking out among the carrots :-)

Sandra Cox said...

What a cute idea! Good job, Jeanie!

Sandra said...

Beautiful. Good job. Happy Easter.

Katie Mansfield said...

Adorable. Great idea. Thanks for linking to Keep In Touch.

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