It's almost that time to start filling those Easter baskets! Rather than buying the (usually) single-use, plastic, clingy, gets-all-over-your-house Easter grass, why not create your own, more eco-friendly grass, from recycled materials that you most likely already have around your house? I've created a tutorial for you - it's simple and easy and will add some fun textures, color, and creative charm to your baskets!
SUPPLIES NEEDED :
1. SCRAPS OF RECYCLED PAPER
This can be any old paper you find around your house : newpapers, magazine, mis-prints from your printer ( I have a lot of these!), scraps from old projects (I also have a lot of these!), old bills, etc. I used 7 sheets of 8.5 x 11 sized paper for this project, but the amount really depends on how many baskets you want to fill.
2. PAINT (OR MARKERS, COLORED PENCILS, ETC.)
Chances are if you're a DIY-er you already have some art supplies lying around the house. For this project I had an old bottle of hot pink acrylic paint from a previous art project, so rather than buying something new I decided to use that up. But you don't have to just use acrylic paint, you could use so many things to apply color to the paper : watercolor, markers, sharpies, colored pencils, anything you have will work! The more you are able to use up old supplies you already have, instead of buying something new, the more eco-friendly your grass will be!
3. PAINT BRUSHES (IF USING PAINT TO APPLY THE DESIGNS)
And that's it! Very simple supply list, and like I said - most likely things you already have laying around your house!
STEP 1 : DECORATE YOUR PAPER WITH COLORS & PATTERNS
Once you have your supplies gathered, the next step is to draw/paint on your sheets of paper. I recommend filling the paper with interesting patterns - lines, dots, flowers, geometric designs, even just large abstract brushstrokes can look really beautiful. You don't have to worry too much about your designs looking perfect, because they are about to get chopped up anyway - it's more about applying color and creating patterns so when sliced up your grass will have interesting textures.
STEP 2 : CUT YOUR PAPER
After you have all your sheets decorated and you've allowed time for the paint to completely dry, the next step is to cut your sheets into long, thin, vertical pieces. This takes a little time, but again you don't have to worry about the cuts being super clean and accurate because they're going to end up in a big ball in your easter basket anyway.
STEP 3 : CURL YOUR PAPER STRIPS LIKE RIBBON
Did you know most paper can be curled with a pair of scissors, similar to how you curl ribbon when wrapping gifts? Run the paper strips gently along the edge of your scissors to create a fun curly-q shape. This helps create volume to fill your basket and also looks really pretty!
Et Voilà! Once you've finished curling all your paper strips, you have a big, beautiful pile of Easter grass ready to fill your baskets!
STEP 4 : FILL YOUR EASTER BASKETS
Now you're ready to fill your baskets with your beautiful Easter Grass! Not only does it add fun textures and color, it won't end up clinging to everything you own, and best of all, it isn't useless plastic that will end up living forever in a landfill or in our oceans!
Tip : Our Easter Greeting 8 Card Packs make GREAT gifts for filling those baskets. You can find them IN OUR SHOP!
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HAPPY EASTER GRASS MAKING, FRIENDS!