Quick and Easy Money Gift Idea

Since our nieces and nephews became teenagers, we’ve opted to give them cash as gifts so that they can shop for the items they want. While I’m not against putting money in a card as a gift, it’s a lot more fun to give money in a creative way so every Christmas we try to think of a new way to gift the money. Our nieces and nephews always seem to enjoy seeing what we’ve planned for the year as well.

This year, I grabbed some holiday Pez dispensers from the craft store. I rolled the money as tightly as possible and wrapped it in a plastic sandwich bag (so that they could still use the dispensers for candy later without the ick of money germs). Simple and sweet, but fun!

DIY No Mess Easter Grass

Update: 

I can’t even decide what the best part of this no-mess Easter grass is!

First, it’s no-mess. No more plasticy strands clinging to everything in sight and showing up weeks after the basket is put away.

While I totally love this lime green color, it can be customized to match the little one’s basket!

It’s reusable! No more spending each year on something that’s just going to go in the trash.

It’s even washable! Have an unexpected melty chocolate in your basket? Throw this grass in a laundry bag and wash it up for next year.

I’ve really loved this Easter grass both years we have used it in our family. This year I created a video to show how to make your own Easter grass. You can see it here: 

 

 

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DIY No Mess Easter Grass

Do you ever finish a craft project and get super excited because it turned out great? That’s how I felt with my Easter grass project. When I started making Mudpie’s Easter basket I thought “wouldn’t it be cute if I sewed in some yarn ‘grass’?” I contemplated this for awhile and since I’m trying to go with the “let’s not overly complicate something that has already been done” technique I decided to look around and found this post from Lady Behind The Curtain (http://www.ladybehindthecurtain.com/making-grass-from-yarn/) that I based my Easter grass on. I didn’t use the plan exactly but it helped having that idea to go off of. It wasn’t difficult but took much longer than I expected. I kept reminding myself that this is a project that will hopefully last through her young years at least since I get frustrated when projects take longer than expected. When I got all the grass poofs done and in the basket I was so excited. They were the last touch I needed to really love the basket it seems. I’m so happy with how it turned out!

 

Here’s how to make your own DIY No Mess Easter Grass: 

Pick your favorite color acrylic yarn. I used neon green, but I also think hot pink would be super cute. You’ll also need scissors and something to wrap the yarn around. I used a small container of labels I had but an old gift card would be perfect as well.

Hold one end of the yarn and wrap the yarn several times. I found 45 times worked great for me. Cut the end of your yarn.

DIY No Mess Easter Grass

Slide a piece of yarn under your yarn wraps and tie a very tight knot in the middle of your yarn. Do not cut yarn.

DIY No Mess Easter Grass

Carefully slide wraps off onto your hand. Slide your scissors in the middle of the wraps and cut the loops across from your knot. Hold on to the knot area while doing this if you can.

DIY No Mess Easter Grass
At your knot hold the yarn strands together and wrap the tail of the knot around the bundle around 5 times. Use the other end of the knot tail to tightly knot these threads. 
DIY No Mess Easter GrassCongrats you’ve made your first Easter grass poof! Now keep going until you have enough Easter grass to cover the bottom of your basket. 
DIY No Mess Easter Grass
I thought that I might try to connect the grass to the bottom of the basket or connect the grass poofs together, but I ultimately opted not to. Since this Easter grass is no mess, I don’t mind if baby girl decides to throw the poofs all about when she gets older. Plus this way I can take out the grass if I need to later for any reason. 
 
What do you think of this DIY Easter grass? Does traditional Easter grass end up in odd places in your house or just mine? Let me know in the comments below! 

Mudpie’s Crochet Easter Basket

Mudpie's Crochet Easter Basket

While there are many beautiful Easter baskets on market these days, I knew that I wanted to crochet Mudpie’s first Easter basket for her. I loved the idea of it being her “main gift” this first Easter and something that could be used for several years as she grew. While I probably could have figured out a pattern on my own, I try to remember that it’s silly to reinvent the wheel and set out on my own Easter search. 
 
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I found this adorable pattern by Jam made that was just the style I was looking for. I decided to use the yarn I had left over from her baby blanket as the color pallet. I had bought extra of each color to have for other items for her since I think it’s fun that many of her items coordinate. 

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The pattern is simple and delightful to work up. I haven’t worked with two strands of yarn at the same time before, but was surprised to find that it wasn’t nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. Working with two strands created a nice and sturdy basket. The handles are sturdy too, although I find that when lifting it from the handle the basket bends just slightly so I’m thinking about maybe adding a cardboard base next year. For this year it’s fine though. I think the size works well – small but still large enough to fill with goodies or eggs. I even added an extra element not in the pattern that really pushed this project over the edge into “Love!” land for me. I’ll share that and what is going to be in Mudpie’s basket this year a little later in the week, so stay tuned!