Easter is just a little over a week away. Yes. ONE WEEK. EEK! (How is that possible, right?! Feels like just yesterday we were ringing in the new year.) Here at Teaselwood, we’ve been mulling over ideas for something new and different for our baskets. Well, we have finally arrived at a terrific theme: We’re going green – ecofriendly, that is – to celebrate the beginning of Spring and Easter!
Here’s how to do it, broken down into 7 easy DIY steps:
Step 1. Go look around the house or hit up your local consignment shop to find an old basket. We started by choosing one that was originally an egg basket – all I had to do was remove the lid. Easy Peasy Lemon Peeps Squeezy.
Step 2. Get grassy, real grassy! We found a fantastic company out of Vermont called Tim’s Real Easter Basket Grass offering, you guessed it, real Easter basket grass! Let me just say, this stuff is an awesome alternative to all that plastic imitation fluff that never breaks down. It’s 100% chemical free, it’s organically grown, AND it has a real earthy smell, a mix of hay and Spring and every wonderful and fragrant wafting around this time of year. Who wouldn’t prefer that to the stringy synthetic junk? I highly urge you to check out this company and their amazing product. Really cool stuff.
Step 3. Keep your egg dying simple and search out ceramic eggs. We found these cool things called EggNots which are a dyeable ceramic product. Why go ceramic, you inquire? Quite simply, to avoid unnecessary hassle and to create a forever keepsake. I can’t tell you how many times we tried blowing out eggs and it all just turned into a disaster. Ceramic eggs are so easy and you can have them for years to come. I would even scribble your child’s name on them and date them – that way they are a treasure for display year after year. Presto-change-o, family heirloom.
Step 4. Get your eco-color on. Ok, so we really got into this ecofriendly Easter idea. We’re not ashamed of this, but quite proud, in fact. We even went so far as to use an Eco-eggs egg coloring kit! Not only does it produce gorgeous, vibrant color but it’s made with only organic and natural fruit and vegetable extracts. I can’t tell you how many times I wondered about the hard boiled eggs that we dyed where the color leaked through. We never really ate them afterwards since we had no idea what was in the coloring or where it was produced. With these all natural beauties, your family can gobble up rainbow egg-salad sandwiches after Easter without a care in the world. (Unless you go ceramic, as recommended in Step 3. Please don’t eat your ceramic eggs. They might taste ok with Nutella on them, though. What isn’t? Kidding. Don’t do it.)
Spolier: Our eggs really did come out like the picture! I think the blue has to be the prettiest.
Step 5. Seek out local sweets for your sweeties, sans plastic. We added fun Easter candy in reusable welk jars, eliminating even more plastic and waste. We love using these all year long – they’re the perfect home for leftovers or dried pantry items.
Now for the deliciousness. As far as our candy selection, we sought out local candy suppliers to support shopping local.
Step 6. Don’t forget the finishing touch. The last item we added? Why, the bunny, of course. How can you have an Easter basket without a bunny?
Step 7. Make Mother Nature happy with your Easter egg hunt. We found biodegradable Eco eggs to place around the yard that look just like the plastic eggs! How cool is that?! Completely earth-friendly. Because, you know how many of those little plastic eggs make their way right into the landfill. Let’s just say too many.
We hope you have a blast thinking up new ways to be green and celebrate your Easter! And if you’re up for it, please share some ways in which you’ve changed up your traditional basket to be more environmentally conscious below. We’re all ears.