Monday, April 5, 2010

DIY - Easter basket straw

Grass, straw, shred... whatever you call it... I found a cheap (possibly FREE) way to make your own! Here's what I did.

1) Do a tissue paper round up.
*I keep ALL tissue paper, even crumpled stuff, from every gift opening occasion. Fold it up nicely and "iron" it out with your hand - somtimes it will look good as new :)

2) Fold the tissue paper up into the shape of a piece of regular notepad paper. Fold again in half lengthwise.

3) Using fairly good scissors - begin to cut thin strips from top to bottom of paper. Clip ends that are connecting. You can cut your strips as thin or as thick as you like. For Ava's basket - I did really chunky strips (see above) to hold up the heavy weight of her crayons, etc.

4) You could get really creative and make multi-colored strips. Or, even more creative and use special scissors - I have a box of craft scissors with all different blades - curvy, jagged, angled, etc.

TA-DA! Home made Easter basket fill! The best part for me was that I really got to my heart and hands into this little project. Giving my hubby and baby girl something home made like this means more to me (probably) then to them... but, I felt like I was giving them the very best. And I know I saved my hubby $$$ so that felt great, too!


Tiffany said...

That is waaaaaay cuter than that plastic grass stuff you can buy in the store. (I hate that stuff!!) What a great idea Mandi! {grin}

Can I bother you to come check out my new blog hop? Please? (Shameful self-promotion - sorry)

Amy@My Front Porch said...

How fun! I never would have thought of that! I'm gonna have to try that for next year :)

Tiffany said...

Mandi - I will try to help! Ha! For today you do not have to post anything here (unless you want to promote my blog hop that is {wink}). I am just trying to get a rough head count of who might be interested. Today all you have to do is go to my blog and in the blue Mcklinky box just click on the red type that says "you are next" and fill in the info. That will link you up. Next week publish your post for the Momentous Monday and then do the same thing for the link, but instead of publishing your general blog site for the link just post the actual link for your Momentous Monday post. Mine would look something like this for next week monday.html (To get yours - after you publish your post simply click on your title then copy and paste the link that shows up in your search bar) Does this make ANY sense??

Tiffany said...

PS Only if you want to - you can put my button for this blog hop on your sidebar. You can find it if you scroll to the bottom of my left side bar. {grin}

becky said...

good idea! And I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one that keeps tissue paper :)