Grow a Grass Easter Basket – in 5 Days!

Easter decorating is NOT my thing, but I do love a bit of spring decorating. So let’s call this grass Easter basket that you can grow in 5 days, a SPRING THING.  Not Easter.

Organic grass Easter basket arrangement.


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 my 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 or chic and sleek 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.


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.

Grass Easter Basket


  • 1 package of Rye grass
  • 1 basket
  • Garbage bag or other plastic to line the basket
  • Soil
  • Moss (totally optional)


soil for growing a grass easter basket

  1.  Line your basket with plastic then fill it with soil.


Preparing basket for growing grass easter basket.

2.  Trim the plastic so it’s level with the soil or just a bit above it.


Seeding soil for grass Easter basket.

3.  LOAD the soil up with seed.  Over-seed.


seeding real grass Easter basket

Like this.


Planting a grass easter basket.

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.


Spraying soil on grass easter basket.

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.


Grass Easter basket after 5 days growth.

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).


Trimming real grass easter basket.

Trim your grass at this point but don’t take too much off.  Just a little off the top.



Real grass easter baskets.

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.


Organic real grass flower arrangement.

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.

Girl with real grass easter basket.

Yes that is a little Rough Linen pinafore.

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.


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Grow a Grass Easter Basket - in 5 Days!


  1. whitequeen96 says:

    This is the perfect project for little hands while we’re stuck at home. And I’ll enjoy it too!

  2. billy sharpstick says:

    I must correct you on your use of the word, “weed”. There is no such thing as a weed. The term merely refers to a plant that is growing somewhere you don’t want it. An American Beauty Rose would be a weed in a cornfield.
    That said, I consider certain plants weeds, no matter where they are, poison ivy, nettles, bidens(even though they are good for butterflies, but not in my yard.).

  3. OMG this is just an amazing idea! I’ll definitely make one and place it in the kitchen! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Carol says:

    I really love this one! Please tell me where I can find a basket such as yours! It’s perfect! The wire one 😉😬

  5. Melissa says:

    I am in the don’t decorate for Easter camp. I’m an atheist. And I can eat chocolate any damn time I’d like. I do love the grow your own grass in a basket. Brilliant and beautiful!!

  6. Robin Carter says:

    I used to plant grass like this in an old flower pot for my dog, he loved to eat grass and at the time I lived in Arizona where grass is an endangered species…at least that kind! ;)

  7. Ann says:

    Love it….where to buy live moss?

  8. Jane C. says:

    I don’t usually decorate for Easter/Spring, but this year I did, using my contemporary Carnival Glass and some fake flowers. Doesn’t look too bad. I’d try your basket of grass idea, except that I’d forget to water it.

  9. Debbie says:

    I love your projects and they always work out when I try them myself. This is going to be a definite try! I am just wondering how to keep my CAT from eating the grass!

  10. Meg says:

    hahahahha seriously!!! this is a real phenomenon. I’ve seen it. I think I’ve BEEN it.

    This is a DELIGHTFUL alternative.

    I have one cat who voraciously eats cat grass, but since he usually stays on the floor, maybe on a table this would be safe….

  11. Alena says:

    That girl with the basket could audition for the role of Wednesday’s younger sister.

  12. Joyce says:

    Lay off on my buck toothed green plastic bunny! I have had him forever. EVERYONE always comments on how cute he is. LOL

  13. Mary W says:

    Another way to speed up the timetable – use a piece of sod from the nursery near you. So pretty and can be used for a while before and after Easter, also.

  14. Marilyn Meagher says:

    I LOVE. That necklace !,,, where did you ever find that !,,,and yes The niece can be a tad scary.

    • Karen says:

      Funny story! I bought it at Cruikshanks. Then Pink Tool Belt saw it on me and went nuts over it. So I tracked down the maker, and after months of searching finally found one for sale on Ebay in London, England. She got it for Christmas a few years ago. ~ karen!

  15. Christina Blanchard says:

    Now I really want to build a shallow planter for my bay window, would be a lovely to have a grass bench in the window. I have a feeling my dog would get the wrong idea though

  16. TucsonPatty says:

    I have a collection of eggs on a lovely plate in my bookshelves. They are mostly mineral – quartz and malachite, with a few plain wooden ones. All stacked into an artistic pile. You would be proud. No cheesy duckies or rabbits. Here is hoping Spring is finally coming.

  17. Karen Z says:

    I have been growing real grass for my Easter baskets for years too. I hate that plastic grass that sticks to everything and still shows up somewhere in your house in August!

  18. Ellen says:

    So…. I started mine on Saturday, and today is Tuesday, and I’ve got nothing- I’m really wanting something! Green. And Lovely. What do I do next?…. so sad

    • Karen says:

      If you have nothing ellen then you haven’t kept your seeds wet. Did you cover the container up with plastic or something to hold the moisture in until they started to sprout? That’s a very important step. ~ karen!

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