I was rummaging around in my garage the other day and found several peat pots I had purchased a while ago. As I recall, I purchased them for craft projects rather than gardening. Peat pots make wonderful little baskets for holiday decor or party favors. I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to peat pots, which you can view HERE.
I made some little Easter baskets with the peat pots I found in my garage. Here are a couple of them:
These little baskets were easy and fun to make, but they took some time. Here is what you will need to make your own version:
Materials and Tools Needed:
Chalk paint or craft paint
Laser copied images
Mod Podge (matte)
Wire for handles (mine was jute covered)
Lace for trimming
Easter chicks, bunnies, and eggs to fill the baskets
Flowers and other embellishments of your choice
Paint the peat pots with your chosen paints. I painted mine with chalk paint, and I was pleased with the outcome.
I painted the bottoms and the insides, which wasn't really necessary. I would suggest just painting inside the rims. They had to dry overnight, which took patience:
After your peat pots are dry, it's time to add the color copied images to them. Using a bit of Mod Podge, coat the back of the image and apply it to the pot. Smooth it out with your fingers to get out any air bubbles and excess glue. Topcoat with Mod Podge.
Next, cut a length of wire for your basket handle and hot glue it into place inside the basket.
Here are the little chicks and eggs I've been finding at estate sales. I'm glad I found a use for them:
I wanted my chicks and bunnies to stay stationary within the baskets. If you want yours to do the same, cut a circle of foam core and insert it about a half inch down inside the peat pot, using hot glue to secure it. This will help keep the basket handles secured, too:
Now you can glue your little chicks, bunnies, or eggs and they won't fall out of your basket. You can even glue some of the paper shred to the foam core so the foam core won't be seen:
Now comes the fun part: embellishing the basket! Add your lace, flowers, and ribbons with hot glue to make your basket as fancy as you want:
I made a pair of neutral baskets just for something different. The eggs are real:
Personally, I prefer colorful baskets:
The best part of this project, for me, is that I didn't have to run to the craft store for any materials. I had everything on hand.
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