Monday, April 25, 2011
Recycle Easter Baskets & Remnants :)
Now that Easter has passed you may be thinking, of tossing the empty baskets and plastic eggs. I never do that! These things can be used again and again. :)
The basket in this picture was a basket that was given to me almost 10 years ago when I was pregnant with my daughter, filled with baby gifts for my baby shower. I thought the basket was so pretty, I decided right then and there to make it the annual Easter basket.
Every Easter eve we (DD and I) set it out for the Easter Bunny to fill. That way, he doesn't have to bring a new one each year. To freshen it up I just add new Easter ribbon and fluff up the basket grass. If you don't like any of your left over baskets enough to reuse them this way, try your local Goodwill or thrift shops. There are always beautiful baskets at mine for a fraction of the cost of a new one.
For those novelty plastic baskets, you can use these over and over as well. If your not in love with them enough to be "the" basket, just keep them for Easter egg hunts. We also use them to decorate DD's room with plastic eggs. Use them to fill with a few eggs and spring knick knacks to give as a gift to a teacher, loved one, or a family in need for their children.
As for those plastic eggs, soak them in some soapy water, rinse, set out to dry, then pack them in a bag for next year. We leave these out for the Easter Bunny to fill as well. :) When you need to go to the church or neighborhood hunt, you should have ample plenty eggs to take as your contribution and not have to go purchase any.
Those plastic dye cups that you might have gotten in a egg dying kit....wash them and use them again next year for extra colors, or just to speed up the process. ;)
You may be thinking what to do with the accumulation of stuffed Easter bunnies from years past....our favorites are packed up with all the other Easter things and only brought out during Easter to decorate DD's room. If you are just overflowing with them, use them to put with those gift baskets I mentioned above.
So before you toss, think about how you can save yourself some time, money or bless someone else by reusing these things.
I hope you find these tips useful. Have a great week! :)