It’s that time of year again. The time I bring you an Easter DIY that has NO pastels, NO fake eggs and NO Easter bunny dressed in yellow plaid overalls.
I’d like to welcome you to the 6th annual post where I talk about how much I don’t like Easter decorations. Because they make me barf. I don’t know what it is about Easter specifically that seduces people with perfectly good taste to throw all their design sense out the window but it’s a genuine phenomenon.
Homes that are normally rustic and cozy suddenly have mint green buck toothed rabbits sitting on their coffee tables. Homes that are eclectic and charming have a sad bowl filled with plastic grass and 10 year old plastic eggs from the dollar store in it (that was me until quite recently by the way).
IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY. There is help.
I can cure you of this horrifying design disease in just 5 days.
Create a for-real, beautiful, no doubt about it, worthy of your home Easter decoration in just 5 days.
The live grass Easter Basket. Which by the way can also double as the greatest Easter basket ever for your kids.
- 1 package of Rye grass
- 1 basket
- Garbage bag or other plastic to line the basket
- Moss (totally optional)
- Line your basket with plastic then fill it with soil.
2. Trim the plastic so it’s level with the soil or just a bit above it.
3. LOAD the soil up with seed. Over-seed.
4. If you’re using a basket like mine where you can see the plastic and soil from the sides, fill that area with moss. Most baskets won’t be like this though.
5. Scratch and press the seeds so they’re all in contact with the soil.
6. Spray the seeds until they’re damp. Don’t pour water, only spray. If you pour water onto the soil it’ll wash the seeds in all different directions and you’ll have patchy grass, as unattractive as a 14 year old boy’s first moustache.
7. Cover the top of your basket with something plastic. You want to trap as much moisture in there as possible so the seeds will germinate. As soon as the seeds germinate (in as little as 2 days!) remove the plastic and keep the grass watered; first with spraying and once it’s established you can use the tap or watering can.
No joke. This is what your baskets will look like 5 days after planting the seeds. I had mine under my grow lights which was helpful, but this will also work in a sunny window. Rye grass is pretty forgiving (i.e. almost a weed).
Trim your grass at this point but don’t take too much off. Just a little off the top.
The next day you can trim a little more, until the grass is as short as you’d like it. Then just keep it trimmed every couple of days to keep it where you like it.
You might like it nice and neat and level with the top of your basket or you might want it a bit higher.
Now you have 2 options; make some sort of arrangement in the basket with a few natural elements like twigs and flowers.
Or use it as a genuine Easter Basket. If you have kids ( or a husband/wife who insists on an Easter Egg hunt for themselves every Easter morning) there isn’t a kid in the world who wouldn’t like using an Easter basket with real grass growing in it on Easter morning.
No it isn’t pink, no it isn’t plastic, no it isn’t tacky. But Easter doesn’t have to be.
Unless you want it to be.