Easter is this very Sunday, and if you're having any family or friends over for the holiday, chances are you're thinking about Easter baskets, dyeing eggs, and decorating your table for Easter supper.
There are lots of store-bought easter decorations out there. Plastic baskets. Plastic eggs. Plastic "Easter grass." Plastic table decor. Why does Easter have to be all about plastic? I can bet that those first Easters didn't have a translucent piece of shredded petroleum product in sight. Instead of heading to a big box store this year, why not make this year's Easter celebration an eco-friendly one? Here are 10 projects to get you started!
1. Instead of plastic bunnies and duckies, decorate the table this year with bouquets of handmade fabric flowers.
2. Ditch the plastic eggs! If you're going to decorate real eggs, make sure they didn't come from a factory farm. Even better: pick up a dozen wooden Easter eggs for the little ones to decorate, and create an heirloom that you can hide in the yard year after year. You can use markers, crayons, and even glue fabric, yarn, and ric rac to your wooden eggs!
3. Skip the Easter grass. That plastic Easter grass is a waste of money and resources. This year, pad your basket with actual twigs or use shredded newspaper and junk mail.
4. Embroidery hoop Easter eggs. Need some wall decor? Check out these cute Easter eggs made from reclaimed embroidery hoops. The best thing about this project is that when Easter is over, you can use those hoops for something else!
5. Make your own Easter basket. Hit the thrift store for a basket, then decorate with fabric and ribbon. If you want, you can even use low VOC spray paint to paint it white or a pastel color.
6. Whip up some Easter bunting. How cute is this Easter sign from All You? To make your own, just cut the letters out of reclaimed cardboard (cereal boxes would work really well), then string them up on ribbon using clothespins to hang. Easy peasy, and oh so sweet!
7. Try an egg garland. Want to take the bunting thing in another direction? Check out this super sweet Easter egg garland made from paint chips!
8. If thrifting for an Easter basket isn't your thing, you can make an upcycled Easter basket out of an empty cereal bag.
9. Try an upcycled centerpiece. Turn an old produce tray into a cute, wheat grass centerpiece for the Easter table.
10. I know, cool it with the bunting already! But how can you resist this super awesome recycled Peep garland made from recycled wool sweaters?
Do you have any recycled Easter crafts in the works? I'd love to hear what you're making in the comments!