Saturday, March 5, 2011

My version of the Pottery Barn Easter basket

I love the PB Easter baskets!  They are so cute but so expensive.  The small basket is $24.50, the cheapest liner is $10 and the embroidery is $6.50.  So the least you'd spend on one is $41.00 + shipping.  Ya, I get that the kids can use them from year to year but I just wasn't willing to pay that much.  So what did I do?  I made my own for $10.00!  That's right $10.00.  Would you like to know how?

All of the products are from Michaels.  The basket with liner was $10, felt was $0.29, and the appliques were $1.70.  I had the craft glue already but that would cost only another $2.00

You will see a paper in the basket with Liam printed on it.  All I did was choose a font that I liked and then made it the appropriate size for the basket.  I cut out each letter and pinned it onto a square of felt.

Cut around each letter carefully.  This was the hardest and most time consuming part.  Here are all of the letters cut out.

Next measure the basket to find the middle so you know where to place the name.  Put a pin in as a marker.

Now you are ready to stick the letters on.  Use the craft bond (shown above) and spread some over the entire back of the letter.  Starting with the middle letter, stick it to the liner and then work your way out so the letters stay straight and even.  Don't worry if some of the glue comes though the felt, it dries clear.  Now, remember that the glue is permanent once it dries, so you won't have too much time to move the letter if you make a mistake.  Next, you can use the appliques if you wish.  Glue them on in the same manner that you did the letters.  The applique that I purchased had little bunnies and carrots.  I used a small carrot to "dot" the "i".  Any, voila, you are finished.  I think it turned out really pretty!

Make sure you let the glue dry for 24 hours, but after that it is permanent and washable (see back of glue bottle for washing instructions). 

Liam came up and saw it just as I was finishing and said "WOW, WOW, WOW!"  That's all I needed to hear. 



Lauren said...

Love this! This is Naturelle25 from The email is Let me know if you would be willing to sell me a couple for my kiddos:)

Lindsay said...

Thanks Lauren. I sent you and email.

Ryan, Corrie, Max, and Jack said...

SUPER cute!!! I am all about doing things myself instead of spending big money!!!

I found your blog through Prozac and Paint. Or is it the other way around.

The Three of Us said...

Great post! I just made one for my son. It turned out great, thank you!

Valerie said...

Popping in from The Frugal Gals- I love this idea! I will need to watch for baskets. We end up with cheap ones each year that fall apart after the kids play with them. These are so cute and look like they will actually last year after year!

carolyn said...

Hi there. I loved this idea so much,I went to Micheal's today and made one of these baskets for my lil girl. The basket w/liner was 16$.I couldnt find appliques,only Easter felt stickers,so I ended up using iron-ons,which is ok.If they fall off I can reuse them on her pants or jeans.I free-handed the letters out of .29c felt. I love the way it turned out! So cute! Ive included a link to my FB photos to share. Thanks for the great idea!!

Katie said...

THANK YOU!! This is great and will save me a ton :)

Post a Comment