Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Spring Fever Part 3 - The $5 Challenge

I've been reading the 'crafty' blogs lately, they have been inspiring my 'redo' projects around the house. I love a limited budget or no budget project. A friend's blog lead me to Living with Lindsay. Here I found the $5 challenge. The challenge was to create a spring decoration with only supplies from a dollar store and only spending $5. This was screaming my name! I headed out with the girls to the dollar store the next day. By the time I saw this blog, I only had 3 days to come up with a project, make it and blog about it. Here goes:

As I was shopping, I saw a basket with blue polka dot trim. I decided that I would make my own Easter basket, since I only have baskets for the girls. This would be something just for me, just for decoration and NOT for little hands. This is rare in my house.

I purchased the flower frames $1 each, the basket $1 and a package of the eggs on sticks (I'm sure there is a real name for these, I think they should go in a floral arrangement) in a package of 4 for $1. I got the ribbon in the dollar spot at my favorite store. . . It was part of a 5 pack for $1. This is how I spent my $5. The rules also allowed the use of paper, glue and tools if you had them on hand. So, I added some scrapbook paper that I had been saving for a rainy day.

First, I took the handle off the basket. I didn't like how it looked and as above, this would just be for decoration. Not something for little ones to carry around, so no handle needed.

Then, I needed some filler. My $5 didn't allow for a bag of Easter grass, so I made my own. It is so much cuter than the stuff in the bag! I just used my zig zaggy scissors and cut up some of the paper.

Ok, little hands were involved in the project. I just can't keep them away. My little helping hands crumpled up the strips that I cut and filled my basket for me.
Then, I used some of the other paper to embellish the frames and the basket.

Viola! Here is Mommy's Easter Basket. What could be better to fill my basket with than pictures of my little chicks!
I left the little boxes empty just in case someone wants to stop by with some chocolates or jelly beans. . .

That's it for my $5 challenge and maybe for my spring fever. The weather has been beautiful for MN lately. Do I dare believe that spring is actually here?


  1. so cute! As I was reading this I was thinking, "Oh, what a fun project, maybe I'll try it out!". Then I saw your skills and knew mine were seriously lacking and it's better not to embarrass myself that way.

    Your craft is adorable. And, what a great idea to have a Mommy's basket (case). Fill it with some nummy chocolate love from the family. Seriously though, even though I can't match your level you are so inspiring, and if Emily wasn't sick, I might just be making a trip to the dollar store myself. Great job!

  2. Very cute! You definitely are a crafty person! I can't wait to check out your blog to see what other ideas you have.

  3. What a great project! You are a clever and crafty girl. Happy Spring!

  4. This is very cheerful - it matches your blog :)!

  5. Great idea using the paper strips for filler! So cute and fun!

  6. Kim's right, your basket does match your blog. You matchy-matchy girl, you!

    I'm so glad you joined Lindsay's challenge! Maybe your Easter bunny will fill your basket with something sparkly in a little box! Who knows!? :)

  7. BTW: I love how you made the "grass"!

  8. Where did you inherit these skills from?? Must be from Grandma Gray! Love Mom