Monday, March 23, 2015

Easter Basket Inspiration

I took advantage of the boys being in school this morning to put their Easter baskets together.  I have said in prior years that I like to keep the baskets pretty simple, we just don't have the space for more plastic toys and knick-knacks, so I try to treat them to something small and fun that they've had their eye on, a few sweets, and usually a book.  I bought this one for Charlie this year and I can't wait to read it with him - it looks sooo sweet.  Since their baskets aren't filled to the brim, I do like to package everything up in a pretty way to make it even more special.  Truthfully, I probably get more joy out of the packaging + presentation than they do, but that's ok.  Here are my basket packaging essentials this year...

Easter basket from Williams Sonoma//dot paper from Target// bunny tags//kraft bags//bunny stamp on muslin bag from Michaels last year//ribbon on spool - vintage//ribbon on packages 

^^ To make the bags I typed a regular document in Pages (you can do the same in Word) and then found an bunny image online and dragged it into my file.  I googled "vintage bunny drawing" for my search.  I thought he was rather handsome for boy Easter baskets and he went well with the other bunny tags.  I printed on the bag exactly the same as I would a sheet of paper.  I was worried it would jam up the printer because this was my first attempt printing on a bag, but it went through without any trouble.  The paper source bags are very thin and designed to run through the printer, I'm not sure all treat bags would work as well.  I put a big chocolate bunny inside the kraft bag and chocolate eggs inside the muslin bag.^^

^^ here is the basket all packaged up. (the natural colored grass is also from Williams Sonoma)  I wrapped it up in clear cellophane, tied it with lots of the green vintage ribbon and another bunny tag! ;)^^


20 comments :

  1. I love the simplicity of your beautiful baskets, and I love giving books for holiday treats. My children used to love, love, love the book "Happy Easter" by Kurt Wiese, the "Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes," and, best of all, "Rabbit Hill." And, you are so smart to have your baskets already put together!

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  2. All the green and natural tones of your basket ingredients are beautiful Tessa. The Jolly Postman is such a fun read! You and Charlie will enjoy it (and the humor in it.) This will be our first year with no children here at all for Easter.sniff sniff. Guess I will have to make a basket for my husband! :)

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  3. Tessa - Your baskets look beautiful! I am so honored you used my tags. I am just like you ... I care far too much about the wrapping than the gift receivers, but making it pretty makes me happy. Have a wonderful Easter.

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  4. Darling baskets!
    Love the sage greens and natural hues.
    Thanks for the inspiration,
    Suzanne

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  5. Such a sweet basket! I love the idea of including a book!
    Kari
    www.sweetteasweetie.com

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  6. Love the simplicity and the green. Happy Easter!

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  7. That's so much better than the ones you see at the grocery store and I love how simple yet beautiful it looks :)

    Happy Easter!

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  8. Your baskets turned out wonderful. You choose the prettiest things for wrappings. Do you have a plan for what you will do with baskets after Easter? Or, do you use them every year?

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  9. oops i don't know what is going on…you might get multiple comments from me asking the same question because it does not look like its posting so i keep typing:)
    I was wondering where you got the cotton looking drawstring bags. sorry if i missed it in your post, but i rushed out to Michael's and they were nowhere to be found:(

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    1. Stephanie, google muslin drawstring bags on etsy. I'm sure you'll get several options. I buy mine on bulk from wholesaler bc I use them for work too. You don't want that many!! ;)

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  10. oh and also, your style/taste in impeccable…from your home to your clothing…right down to your kids Easter baskets:) I adore looking at your photos!

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  11. Thanks so much Tessa…Doing that right now:)

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  12. The Jolly Postman has a sweet Christmas book that your boys will adore as well.

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  13. Update: I ordered muslim bags and a bunny stamp (the bunny is not nearly as cute as yours) on Paper Source. I also bought the dot wrapping paper at target although i noticed when i got home and looked again, that mine has large dots while yours has small….i was literally going to return it and go to every Target until i found small dot, but then i noticed you used the large dot last year so i figured its ok haha. Can you tell i am determined to make my baskets as darling as yours!
    Your little guys are so blessed to have a mamma that puts so much time and thought into these things. Happy Easter to you and your family and thanks so much for all the inspiration.
    p.s. this is unrelated, but did you end up keeping the printed antique rug that you bought and then regretted after? We need more snippets of your home please:)

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    1. That's awesome! Glad you have all the fixings to make your baskets now! Glad I was able to provide a little inspiration! ;) yes, kept rug, it worked really well on the playroom

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    2. Oops... Hit send when I didn't mean to... Happy Easter! I'll try do some more home posts soon. A few little changes here and there that may ( or may not) be worth blogging about. Haha.

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  14. Can't wait! And I'm sure I can speak for us all when saying that even the tiniest little snippets of your home are so blog worthy! I eat up every little detail:)

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  15. Hi Tessa,
    Where did you buy the cellophane to wrap the baskets?

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  16. Hi Tessa,
    Where did you buy the cellophane to wrap the baskets?

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