1) Grow Your Own Easter Grass
(Picture from Zakka Life)The number one Easter idea I am TOTALLY loving this year is growing your own Easter grass. Who wants that plastic, stringy stuff anyway? It's just going to end up in the trash. Plus it's a choking hazard for both my dogs and my kiddo. When you're done, juice it or compost it.
1) Pick a pretty basket
2) Line the bottom with foil or plastic. Add a thin layer of potting soil
3) Sprinkle some rye or wheat grass seeds on the surface
4) Water and keep warm
Sustainable. Pretty. Non-plastic. I'm sold! We're actually heading to the nursery tomorrow to get seeds so we can start growing our grass baskets this week.
2) Make Smashable Easter Eggs
get to tutorial for how to make these "treasure stones" on Skip to My Lou's blog.
3) Refashion Old Clothes
|Picture and cardigan refashion tutorial from Tatertots & Jello|
If you're looking for ideas for refashioned clothing, I've got a Pinterest board in progress full of ideas and tutorials I love here. If you are interested in an especially destructive/reconstructive (but still simple enough for beginning sewists) project, check out Emma's guest tutorial on Cait Creates for an adorable bow-sleeved tee from a plain long sleeved one.
4) Meaningful Easter Baskets
If you still want to do an egg hunt instead of just presenting gift baskets, put coupons for the different items in the eggs instead. You can do general presents for useful things like soaps, nail polish (piggy paints are my fave!) that everyone can trade with each other later after they've cashed in for their goodies. Or, if you have specific gifts picked out for specific people, you can color-coordinate the hunt. So if your son's eggs are green but your daughter's are yellow, not only do they have the challenge of finding eggs, but of finding their eggs (and leaving their sibling's eggs alone). Which would also help make it easy to tailor one big egg hunt for kids in varying age ranges. Your two year old's eggs might be spread out on the lawn but your 12 year old's are hiding in trees and behind rocks.
These are some of the ideas we're doing this year (or at least saving til next year when the baby is a little older). Do you have fun Easter ideas you're thinking about? Any fun family traditions you do every year? One of the things I love about having our new little family is being able to re-invent our traditions to be the way we want them to be. I'd love to hear your ideas!