Got a ceramic Easter knick-knack in your house that’s not really your style? Or, have you seen them popping up at your local thrift store or dollar store for Easter? Don’t store it away, pass it up, donate it, or (gasp!) re-gift it, add your own style to it!
Or in my case, add your girls’ style to it. I was going to make it all modern and clean looking, but then someone named DADA saw me studying my thrifted Easter basket and asked the girls without my prompting, “Hey girls, what colors should Mama make her Easter basket?” And the girls said “Pink!” “Blue” “Flowers!” “Dots!” So anyways, I made them pink and blue polka-dotted cherry blossom basket. I pretty much lost all creative control to satisfy my clients. Now I know how Don Draper feels.
Here’s how to Restyle a Ceramic Easter Basket!
- Linen fabric
- White spray paint primer
- Mod Podge
- Sponge brush
- Glue gun
- Washable ink pen
- Round template for flowers (I used a roll of masking tape)
- Martha Stewart screw punch (optional) for polka dots
…then I did the sides. I had to fold it a little bit, as evenly as I could. It was kind of like wrapping a weird-shaped present. Though at this point I probably would have given up and used a gift bag.
Then I covered the handle and the inside. The inside was rather challenging. I think I used too much fabric…I should have trimmed it a little. But I figured I would be covering it with the eggs in the end. So I just tried to do it as neatly as possible, tucking in the raw edges. At this point I started to use a glue gun.
Then I made the flowers. First I (1) traced a circle using my tape as a template, then I (2) cut it out. Then I (3) folded it in half and (4) put a bead of hot glue along half of the folded edge, and (5) folded it over to form a 1/4 circle.
Now for the dots. You can just cut them out by hand, but I happened to have just bought this Martha Stewart punch for another project. I used the largest tip. First you put your felt scrap down on a cutting board or self-healing mat and press down. The punch kind of screws down into the fabric. Then release it.
All done. Again, this was the before…And after…It was fun to totally transform this ceramic basket, and it didn’t take too long either. Even though it wasn’t what I really intended to make, I like it. Hope my girls do too.