Published on April 9th, 2014 | by Kristen Swain4
Baby’s First Easter Basket
Wow, this spring is flying by, and not in a good way. We sure haven’t seen any nice warm days yet, but I’m hoping we’ll have a nice long spring, that the hot and humid days of summer don’t get here too fast. I thought of this idea while I was cleaning up my office. I had begun a tulle skirt for an under dress crinoline for the minions that just didn’t work out. And I thought, what a pretty idea to make if I wrapped it somehow around a white wicker basket, it would make such a beautiful baby’s first Easter basket!
This basket takes little time, and a little know how, but with my instructions I think you’ll easily be able to recreate your own. Don’t just think of this as a baby basket, change up the colors for your little princess and make it all about your little girl, or even add some vintage items and use it for a special lady.
Take some elastic and measure it around your basket, you want to make sure it fits well, with a little stretch but not a lot at the widest part.
Tie a knot in your elastic and trim off the ends.
Now measure out your tulle into 15 inch pieces. Fold them in half, and pull the looped end under the elastic.
Pull both ends of the tulle through the loop , making a knot.
Congratulations, you have your first tie-on done! You’ll need lots more. Leave the ends loose for now. And continue tying knots on.
Once you have tied on your knots, you’ll want to put the elastic back on the basket, and glue into place. I did this before to show you where you can start gluing, it’ll be harder to see with all the tulle on the elastic.
When you feel you have enough tulle on your elastic, simply slip it back on the basket.
This is the basket with the elastic on it. You can simply leave it as is, or add to it.
Next, I wanted a handle on mine. So I cut three lengths of tulle about 3 feet long, tied a knot in one end, then braided them together. Once I had them braided, I cut a length of jewelry wire and wove it through the braiding. Since both ends of the handle had knots on them, I hot glued the handle to the sides of the basket, making the inside accessible. To hide the ends of the wire, I looped them back up into the handle.
After attaching the handle. I accented it with a pretty bow, just cutting two pieces of tulle about 12 inches long and tied them into a bow, then hot glued it to the handle.
For the skirt, I tied a good thick piece of ribbon around the skirt, pulling it in a bit. Then knotted it. I then knotted a pretty bow, cut the ends into a V shape.
Decorate as you’d like, putting in whatever best fits.