Turning paper into #BasketsOfLove

After donating Easter Baskets to Woman’s Space last year, I couldn’t wait to do it all over again. This year I’ll be donating them to the children living at Anchor House in New Jersey. The baskets from last year were decorated with comic strips, before I filled them with toiletries and a little candy.

This year

I wanted to give a little more love to the baskets, so I pulled out the hot glue gun, colorful tissue paper and got to sticking.

After creating different color combinations and designs along the sides, backs and fronts of each basket; I trimmed the top of the basket with folded up pieces to hide the lip of the container. It took about 2-3 hours to fully decorate each basket, so plan accordingly if you take on this project, as I’m still decorating baskets today. You can create these Easter Baskets out of any size recycled container, which will fit your goodies.

DIY Tissue Paper Easter Basket step by step directions:

  1. Cut 1 inch, or larger, squares of colorful tissue paper.
  2. Plug in glue gun.
  3. Place clean recycled container upside down on the table.
  4. Place pencil in center of 1 tissue square.
  5. Fold paper up around pencil.
  6. Twist paper around the end of the pencil.
  7. Dip flat end into hot glue.
  8. Attach flat end of paper onto a recycled plastic basket.
  9. Create a single row by placing each paper next to the other.
  10. Continue until all sides of basket are covered.

To finish top of Tissue Paper Easter Basket

  1. Fold tissue paper in half, then circle back each side.
  2. Glue flat edge of paper.
  3. Line up flat edge of paper with inside edge of basket.
  4. Press down on flat edge of paper to stick on basket edge.

Redesigned, recycled, recreated

I created all of the Easter Baskets you see in this blog; out of recycled plastic dishes, baskets and cups, making sure I washed them thoroughly beforehand. My basket collection includes recycled Dannon Greek Yogurt cups, fast food salad containers, roasted chicken containers (which I placed in the microwave for 1 minute after washing thoroughly), mushroom containers and blackberry baskets. They will all be decorated and #upcycled into Easter Baskets of Love, as part of my Easter 2015 #BasketsOfLove mission; to bring a smile and Love, to those who feel abandoned, alone or unloved; because everyone should know that we all are LOVED immensely just the way we are.

If you want to be a part of this mission, please send your unused manufacturers coupons to FashionablyGreen1.com PO Box 2849 Hamilton, NJ 08690 or visit http://www.gofundme.com/helpmefighthunger ASAP.


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