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Thursday, April 7, 2011

{easter pails & homemade easter grass}

I was in Target the other night, looking for Easter baskets for my little boys, and I wasn't having much luck. I had already been to several places over the last few weeks, and I just couldn't find what I was looking for--without paying a lot for it.

Then I happened to go down the gardening aisle, and found the most darling tin pails in different colors. They were a great size, at a really great price--only $2.99. Woot! I couldn't resist, and decided to buy one for each of my kids--still spending less than I would have to buy 2 new baskets! (and let's face it, I have a thing for matching !) Since they stack together, they would take up way less space than 5 baskets, which is always a plus. I KNOW I've done so many projects with pails lately, but I simply cannot resist. I love them!

I added white vinyl that I cut on my Silhouette--initials on one side, and names on the other side. I'm so happy with how they turned out, and will be perfect for egg hunts and visits from the Easter bunny!

Easter Pails

Homemade Easter Grass

Plastic grass is really cheap, I know. But I'm going to show you how a really fun variation that's almost as inexpensive, and takes a few seconds to make.

All you need is a shredder and cardstock! I like using Bazzill, which is a little thicker and textured, but you could use any kind you like. I also recommend using solid colors.

Empty out your shredder, then run one color of cardstock through at a time. I used 3 sheets of 12x12 paper per color, and it made enough to fill two pails to the halfway point. Once one color is done, remove the pieces, then do the next color. Store in plastic storage bags until ready to use!

When I first thought of this, I imagined long thin strips of paper. Then I remembered that our shredder cross cuts the paper, leaving me with little pieces, as opposed to strips. My husband offered to take it to work to do it, but I was too impatient. :) I still really like the way it turned out, so whichever kind of shredder you have, it will be cute!



Blogger Doreen said...

What a lovely post.

I love your happy to have found it..and you :) I'm adding you to my blogs I follow immediately :)

Wishing you a lovely day :)Doreen

April 7, 2011 at 7:44 AM  
Blogger lynn said...

these are just darling-tfs!

April 7, 2011 at 7:54 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

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April 7, 2011 at 8:31 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

I just looked for easter baskets and couldn't find anything I liked- I think I'm going to try this :) Can you tell me how big the letters are? I'll have to order the vinyl to put on the pails b/c I don't haved a Silhouette, but wasn't sure of the size. Thanks!

April 7, 2011 at 8:32 AM  
Blogger The Miller Five said...

So cute!! I'm running to Target today to get a bucket for my son. Unfortunately I don't have a silhouette, but I'll come up with some way to get his name on the bucket. Thanks for the great idea!

April 7, 2011 at 8:56 AM  
Blogger Happy Mama said...

Love your blog! I've read for a while but just now commenting. Those buckets are absolutely darling! I will have to pick some up for my daughters. Great idea for the "grass" too.

April 7, 2011 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger SANDI said...

Great idea! My son would sure Love a bucket more than a basket. Thanks for sharing!

April 7, 2011 at 11:19 AM  
Blogger Lori Thompson said...

Love, love love it!! Thanks for sharing!

April 7, 2011 at 12:02 PM  
Blogger Laree said...

I am SOOO doing this!

April 7, 2011 at 12:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love those colors :D

April 7, 2011 at 2:29 PM  
Blogger tammy k said...

I really like the idea for the grass. The green cellophane (?) from the store is cheap but it's just ugly... This is so much cuter-- AND I can color-coordinate with our baskets!

April 7, 2011 at 2:32 PM  
Blogger One Cheap B*tch said...

Love what you did with your pails! And I'm all for the homemade grass. I can't imagine all that plastic grass is good for the environment which is why I re-use mine every year! I like the idea of making my own though too!


April 7, 2011 at 4:36 PM  
Blogger lauren@warmandfuzzy said...

This is adorable. I am heading to target this weekend hoping they have those buckets too! What a great idea. Love them!

April 7, 2011 at 10:47 PM  
Blogger Shalet said...

GREAT idea!!! What font did you use?

April 7, 2011 at 11:57 PM  
Blogger kelly said...

i used pails last year with initials. i can't believe it but i love it so much more than easter baskets and your right the storage is much better and you can use them for other cute things!

April 7, 2011 at 11:58 PM  
Blogger Lora said...

Those are adorable! You really can't go wrong with Target! :-)

April 8, 2011 at 6:39 AM  
Blogger kierste @ brown paper packages said...

The font is century gothic!

Erin--You don't have to use vinyl. You could use alphabet stickers found at a scrapbook store or hobby store like Michaels. Although ordering vinyl shouldn't be too expensive. The initials are 2.5 inches high, and the names are 1.725 inches high.

April 8, 2011 at 7:45 AM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

I am a new follower of your blog! I am loving your ideas! I've linked a few on my blog for today! Check it out if you get a chance!

April 8, 2011 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger lauren@warmandfuzzy said...

I linked this project to my Friday finds. Come check it out if you get a chance.

April 8, 2011 at 9:46 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Do you have any hints/tips for applying the vinyl to the curved surfaces? I did the conference buckets and struggled keeping the words straight as I applied the vinyl... but my words were larger so maybe that was the problem.

April 9, 2011 at 2:49 PM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

Very cute. I love the idea of making your own grass--I always hated finding that other grass all over the house after Easter.

April 9, 2011 at 5:15 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

Love the paper grass idea. I HATE! Plastic grass. It is so staticy and gets everywhere and then I always end up untangling it from my vacuum beater bar.

April 10, 2011 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger kierste @ brown paper packages said...


You might consider cutting the letters apart and applying them separately. It's easier to keep them in a straight line that way, because when you apply it as one word, it will automatically follow the curve of the bucket.

April 10, 2011 at 9:58 PM  
Blogger lajamison said...

I loved your idea and immediately bought the tins. Then realized I had no idea how to do the names. Would you be at all interested in cutting out three names and I can paypal you the money?

April 11, 2011 at 10:32 PM  
Blogger Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

Love these little personalized pails! I had to feature them in my latest post - they are just adorable! Too cute!

April 12, 2011 at 11:01 PM  
Blogger Teresa Swensen said...

I loved this idea! I have been to 3 different targets and can't find the pails though. What target did you go to? I wish I could come across some for my 2 little kids. Thanks a million. You are wonderful! I love your blog!

April 15, 2011 at 1:27 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Very creative! I haven't tried cutting vinyl with my cricut machine yet, but this would be a great project to try it on! Also love the shredded paper.

April 15, 2011 at 7:41 PM  
Blogger Shelley @ My Treasure Hunt said...

I am wondering what you used to paint the pails and how the paint is holding up? I have some that I want to paint but I want to make sure the paint holds up! Thanks!

April 19, 2011 at 10:15 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...

The pails from target were already colored. I found two pink ones at my target but that was it and they haven't gotten any more in. I did find some at Joann, but they were also well picked over - but definitely check your local store if you can't find them at target. I found them in an odd place. I think it was by wooden crates and craft items.... between the yarn aisles and the brown paper mache boxes/letters. They definitely seemed in an odd place to me.

April 19, 2011 at 12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How cute! I must make one of these for my little one!

March 7, 2012 at 12:56 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

aaahh, very clever. great idea and look so cute in the pails! much more "country" or home made to match the pails, versus store bought plastic grass.

March 8, 2012 at 10:38 PM  

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