Easter is just around the corner, and today we are sharing how to create a floral woven Easter basket, just like the one pictured above! This project is very easy and is fun for the entire family - kids included!
To create this basket, you will need:
- One woven basket -- I used a natural, grapevine basket, but any woven basket will work!
- Floral stems
- 1-2 stems with green leaves to be woven around the basket
- 1-2 stems with colorful flowers that will be placed around the inside of the basket
- Wire cutters or scissors -- Wire cutters will make it easier to cut through the floral stems, but scissors will also work.
- Spanish Moss (optional) -- I used green moss as the filler for my basket.
- Goodies to put inside your Easter Basket -- I used a box of cheese straws and some decorative carrots!
Step 1: Use your wire cutters or scissors to cut the leafy floral stems into smaller pieces. You will be weaving these small pieces into the sides of the basket. (Note: Some floral stems pull apart easily; others require some force to cut through them!)
Step 2: Weave the leafy stems around the outside of the basket. To do this, take the "tail-end" of a stem and push it through an opening in the basket. Try to find gaps in the basket that are fairly snug, so that your leaves stay in place. (Tip: Once you push the end of the stem into the basket, find a leaf near the front of the stem and weave it underneath a section of the basket, as shown in the second picture below. This helps to keep the stems from sticking out in all directions!)
Step 3: Continue to weave the leafy stems around the entire basket. You can weave all the stems in one direction (think all stems pointing clockwise) or weave them in any direction you choose! Use more stems to create a fuller basket, or use fewer stems to add just a touch of greenery to the outside. It's completely up to you! Have fun with it. When you are finished weaving the leaves around the basket, it will look something like this:
Step 4: Fill your basket with Spanish Moss (or another filler)! The moss adds a nice touch of green, but it will also help to prop up whatever you choose to put in the basket. (Tip: Moss can be very messy. Put a trash bag underneath your work area to make clean-up easier.)
Step 5: Fill your basket with goodies! I filled my basket with a box of cheese straws and two decorative carrots, but you are welcome to fill your basket with whatever you like.
Step 6: Now it's time to add a pop of color! Cut the floral stems with flowers the same way you cut the leafy stems back in Step 1. Next, place the flowers around the inside of the basket by pushing them into the moss so that they stand up straight. Add as many flowers as you like!
When you are finished, the basket should look something like this:
Tada! You have now finished your floral woven Easter basket! Post a picture of your floral Easter basket on social media and be sure to tag @southernstraws!
I hope you have a fun time with this project and that it makes your Easter even more egg-celent!