Saturday, February 16, 2013

Easy DIY Easter Grass Tutorial

I have a confession…Easter is not one of my favorite holidays. That plastic grass gets everywhere; people give my child copious amounts of sugar, that plastic grass gets everywhere, we are not church-goers so it seems silly to do the dressing up thing, and did I mention that plastic grass gets everywhere? :P

Since I was sick over the Valentine crafting season, I thought I should do something fun and crafty in preparation for Easter, at least to make it special for my daughter, who turns 10 that same week!

This is a super easy activity to do with the kids! My munchkin had fun helping me make all the different colors and even helped set up the pictures (those are also her baskets we are using as props!)
1. First, grab your yarn and basket(s). It helps to gauge how much you need to make if the basket is on hand. You will also need scissors and some patience. This is a great stash buster! Use up the odds and ends of yarn colors that you may have left from other projects.

2. Cut strips of yarn (I looped it around my arm a few times then cut both ends). Fray one end, and grip one of the pieces. The idea is to pull the strands apart. But keep at least one strand taught while you pull with another. This will keep the yarn from bunching up on you. 
3. Fill your basket with your fluffy, handmade ‘Easter Grass’! It is also great for prop pictures. I took several photos for Beadful Things using the grass as a back-drop. 

If you use multicolored yarn, you get a fun spectrum effect with your grass!

4. My favorite trick is to put a newspaper ‘pillow’ in the bottom of the basket, to fill empty space! Use some of these Tips to Make Gift Baskets Like a Pro to help you put together your basket.

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  1. Following from Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy!

    What a great idea! Everybody I know (myself included) has little bits, odds, and ends of yarn in their stash.

  2. What a great idea! I have never thought about using yarn. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. So thrilled to have you share. Hope you are having a great week.


  3. This is awesome! Pinning so I can do this for Easter! Thanks for sharing and Friday Favorites