Alternatives To The Easter Basket ~ These tall Easter baskets look fabulous filled with Easter goodies at Easter time but what do you do with them for the rest of the year? Here I share my alternatives to the easter basket! By the way, it is much cuter and easier to store!
Easter is on the early side this year and the stores are filled with all kinds of Easter decorations, accessories, treats and all kinds of Easter baskets.
I stopped buying Easter baskets and the plastic Easter grass for my children a long time ago for several reasons. The Easter basket is a once a year one time use item that has to be stored somewhere till it’s brought out the next year. I just couldn’t justify taking up storage space in the house for this awkward item. When you think about it, they really are inconvenient to stash away because of their very tall handle. However, I was in one store the other day and they had baskets where the handle collapsed which was pretty smart but that handle still takes up space.
As for the Easter grass, I just can’t bring myself to buy it. It does add a decorative touch to the basket but I don’t know about you, strands of it seem to find its way all over the house, which is hard on my vacuum cleaner. It’s another thing I just don’t want to have to bother with.
I also don’t feel justified throwing the Easter baskets and grass out each year since it isn’t fair to add extra to our already full landfills. The grass can be recycled but I don’t think the baskets can. I guess I could donate it but then I would have had to buy a new Easter baskets the next year.
I just used regular baskets and decorated them each year with different brightly coloured ribbons. I picked up this basket and other similar ones at the thrift store for a couple of dollars. It does have the tall handle that is a bit difficult to store but this basket is used for different things at different times during the year. I can justify storing this. This is what my children used for their annual Easter egg hunt!
Alternatives To The Easter Basket…
I repurposed a plastic dry cleaning bag by layering it along the bottom of the basket.
I used three different types of ribbon. I got a huge roll of the yellow ribbon at Costco a while ago for a ridiculous clearance price. Now I am looking for different ways to use this ribbon up so it may show up in various projects in the future! I also bought the purple and teal blue ribbon on sale at Michaels.
As my daughters got older I found really cute Easter bunny gift bags. I bought one for each family member for about $5.00 each (the price tag is still on the bottom of the bag).
However, I really liked these because they were not too big so I didn’t have to fill them with a whole bunch of stuff, they were sturdily made from a firm cardboard material and best of all, they hardly took up any space when I stored them away for next year because they could be folded flat. As you can see I still have the bags today and I think I bought them about ten years ago! Aren’t they adorable!
The best thing about this bunny gift bag is that it folds flat making it a perfect option for easy storage!
Throughout my blog I have shared with you different elements, strategies and ideas for being organized. If you have been following me for a while you will notice there are some common themes that emerge. One theme is I always set guidelines to help me keep the clutter under control even when it is something as simple as buying and storing Easter baskets. Here are some guidelines that I use that may be helpful for you too:
- Think about whether you are buying the item because of a need or because of a want.
- Think about how it is going to be stored when it’s not in use.
- Think about the cost. Is it worth opening up your wallet for?
- Think about alternatives. Just because the store shelves are filled with pretty coloured baskets, doesn’t mean you have to buy them and use them.
- Think about reusing items you already own that can be repurposed.
- Think about the impact on the environment once you choose to get rid of it.
I’ve shared with you one little way how I keep the clutter under control and a little bit of how we got ready for Easter.
I definitely recommend looking for alternatives to the Easter basket!
I would love to hear what you do!
Here’s another Easter craft that is a lot of fun to create!
I even used these eggs in this gorgeous wreath I made for Easter!
Happy Easter Wishes from,