Saturday, March 19, 2011

Book Page Eggs in Basket


I picked up this paperboard basket at the thrift store for 55 cents.


It  was covered in snowmen.  I knew I could cover it with something else.  I have seen these at the dollar store too with Easter prints.  At first, I thought I would cover it in fabric but decided not to try it with the curves of this basket. 


Then, I decided to use my old vintage dictionary pages.  After all, I’ve made so many other things with them lately.  I ripped the pages into useable sections and glued them all over the basket, starting at the inside and working my way out. I did the handle and bottom last. 


Once I had the basket done, I just had to have some eggs to go in the basket!  I found some old plastic eggs, the jumbo ones that you would use as prize eggs, and covered them too. 

I love using the dictionary pages because of all of the neat illustrations.  I was able to use a rabbit on this egg. 


They tend to hold my interest too because I try to read all of the words on them. But, I’m just like that.  I can’t fall asleep if a television is on because I will try to listen to whatever’s going on. 


Anyway, back to the eggs and basket:  I sprayed them down with some  Krylon Triple-Thick Crystal Clear Glaze so they would have a glossy finish.  I filled the basket with paper shred and nestled the eggs inside.


I’m lovin’ the way this turned out.  It’s a great one of a kind accent for spring/Easter that is not pastel or too cutesy.  Not that I don’t like pastel and cutesy- I love it.  But not in every room.  I try to maintain a more subdued decor in the living room but get a little wilder in the family room/den.  

Total cost for this project- 55 Cents.  Everything else I had on hand.  Can’t beat that!   

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  1. I love what did to the basket and the eggs...its very creative.

  2. Very cute idea! I love how you thought to do the Eastery images such as the bunny! Lori

  3. Super creative! I ♥ it!
    The rabbit was just perfect on the egg! How cool!
    You are so clever and creative. I just love visiting your blog :)

  4. What a fabulous, thrify transformation! I love the way you showcased the images on each egg!

  5. I would have a hard time tearing apart a dictionary.But this is such a great little basket. I will have to find some courage maybe start with a thesaurus.

  6. What a cute idea!

    I remember the first time I tore up a book. I nearly cried. And it was a terrible book. And falling apart. lol.

  7. So pretty!!!!
    I'd love it if you would link this up at my first link party!

  8. I love anything with book pages, but this is awesome! You have a lot of great ideas! This is my second visit from a link party today! I'm adding you to my blog roll!

  9. so book pages in decorations!

    Thanks so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"! :)

  10. Wow this turned out really nice! LOVE those illustrations on the eggs. Great craft! Thanks for linking up to my Share the Love Wednesday party!

  11. Great idea. You're right - a nice contrast to all the pastels.
    carolyn - homework

  12. I especially love the dictionary images on them! I featured this on the Mad in Crafts facebook page. Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills Tutorial party!