Create a Blooming Easter Basket!
Happy Friday! Are you in need of some flower therapy? We had a light dusting of snow this week. After a balmy February with 70 degree temperatures, March’s blustery winds and frosty weather seem like a cruel joke from Mother Nature! If you’re in need some flower therapy, you’re in luck since I’m joining my blogging friends for Floral Friday. You can find the links to more floral inspiration at the bottom of this post.
Our common theme this week was a basket for this edition of Floral Friday. I put together a blooming Easter basket that’s easy to assemble using flowers from the grocery store. Daffodils and tulips both say “spring” to me and join mini iris, along with a new-to-me flower, Charmelia, meaning ‘Charming Beauty’.
To build a blooming Easter basket, start with a basket of your choice. I found a basket several weeks ago at HomeGoods that reminded me of the greenvine baskets at Pottery Barn, but at a fraction of the price.
I lined the basket with a double layer of plastic grocery bags as a precaution. Brown grocery store bags provide a little camouflage and blend with the weave of the basket, but a kitchen trash bag would work and provide some protection from any unexpected spills or leaks.
Instead of using wet floral foam to hold my flowers, I used jars as vases to tuck in the basket. The individual jars are easy to remove to refresh the water and change the flowers as they fade, so you can enjoy your basket arrangement several weeks until Easter.
I added a packet of floral preservative to the jars that comes with your flowers from the grocery store. Make sure your jars are clean and fresh from the dishwasher so they don’t introduce any bacteria to your flowers.
Strip any leaves from your flowers that would be below the waterline, removing the excess foliage and recut the stems, removing about one inch from the bottom. Cut your stems at a 45 degree angle for maximum water uptake. Add water to your floral preservative, stirring until dissolved. Use room temperature or lukewarm water for maximum absorption for your flowers except for your tulips.
While opinions vary about whether tulips benefit from the addition of floral preservative, there is no debate over the water temperature for tulips~ tulips will last longer with and prefer cold water.
Mini pots of $1.00 iris were blooming at the garden center at Walmart. I watered them thoroughly and then removed them from their pots and wrapped them in plastic bags, tucking them in between the jars in the basket (if you have room in your basket for the pots, feel free to keep them potted). The iris can be planted in the garden after the flowers fade and enjoyed next spring.
Daffodils secrete a sap after they’re cut that can shorten the vase life of other flowers so keep them in a separate jar instead of mixing them with other flowers.
You can tuck in as many additional flowers or pots that your basket will allow. Pots of trailing ivy or flowers that would cascade or spill over the edges would be a pretty addition to your basket. Add some newspaper or additional plastic bags to fill in the empty spaces between your jars and the edge of the your basket so everything fits snugly and jars don’t tip or spill when you move your basket to your table to enjoy as your centerpiece.
Top your basket arrangement with moss to conceal your mechanics and as a finishing touch your arrangement. I used green preserved Spanish moss.
Faux Easter eggs and decorative egg picks fill in the spaces among the moss for an Easter embellishment in the basket.
Keep your flower basket centerpiece out of direct sunlight and away from direct heat and change your vase water every 2 days to help prolong the life of your flowers.
Everybunny will love your blooming Easter basket at your table ;)
Hop over to visit my blogging friends to see their beautiful baskets for Floral Friday. . .
Shirley at Housepitality Designs
Basket / HomeGoods
Preserved Spanish Moss / Hobby Lobby
Bunny and Chicks pillow / HomeGoods
Decorative Egg Picks / Michaels
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What a fabulous and do-able idea. I think even I can manage it.
Oh I love this…something I can do without fretting over “arranging” and I happen to have the perfect basket! Thanks so much for your ideas, I’m going out to find some flowers!
Lovin’ your perky basket Mary and I think I need some mini iris:@) Also, what a fun pillow! Have a great weekend!
Hoppy Easter!! Very pretty and I like the idea of the jars instead of wet foam…have visited the other sites as well..thanks fir sharing.. 🌸👒🐇🌷💐
I’m lovin’ your combination of flowers and those sweet Easter egg picks! The pillow is adorable too!
You know I look for your heading 1st thing every morning. You make my day! I am up in Maine and we are not seeing any hint of flowers yet , so seeing all these beautiful arrangements makes me know Spring is going to come.
Love your combination of spring flowers. Look so pretty against the backdrop of your bench. Sweet pillow with rabbit and chicks. Thank you.
Mary, your blooming Easter basket is stunning. The tutorial was so easy to follow. I love the flowers that you selected and the mini iris is icing on the cake. The basket was a great find, I wish that Home Goods was closer to me. The pillow is adorable…it all speaks of the special celebration of Easter! You always inspire, have a wonderful weekend!
Mary, You floral arrangements are always beautiful but I adore your Easter basket in particular because it’s so easy to recreate with your tutorial. Thanks for the flower therapy, we need it here in Maine with the foot of snow we had earlier this week!
From ordinary to extraordinary, and with great tips I was unaware of (tulips & cold water, keeping daffs separate). Love the tiny irises that you can replant. WalMart is great for those spring plants.
Mary, the new Friday Floral posts are a most welcome pleasure gift! You spread creativity and joy with your many inspirational designs; each is just terrific and sets delicious anticipation for the next. Your photographs and written instructions always thoroughly prepared and provide very amble direction for all. One of my all-time favorite posts is your floral basket from a year or so ago. You de-mystified the “recipe” for making a drop dead gorgeous flower basket with a relaxed, approachable beauty. Thinking of it now fills my heart with satisfaction and admiration. Today’s basket post gives me that needed little push to create my Easter dinner centerpiece and I can’t wait to make it in a couple of weeks. You have one of the best composition and color eyes among the talented bloggers on the web. Thank you for sharing with me! Please, please continue the alternating Friday flower posts, they are the best!
Mary thank you for the wonderful idea and the beautiful photos. You’ve inspired me to make a basket too. Have a wonderful weekend!! Happy St Patrick’s Day to everyone.
What a gorgeous arrangement!! I just saw a basket like the one you used at Homegoods. I am going to run there this morning and try to do an arrangement like yours. For some reason I think mine will not look nearly as pretty. Thanks for the inspiration. Have a great weekend.
Mary, your spring floral basket is just beautiful! Thanks for sharing the instructions. This would make such a pretty centerpiece on the Easter table. Have a wonderful day!!!
Mary, this is just beautiful…as always! I love the idea of using jars! I have been looking for POTS of flowers but can now use cut flowers in jars. I also didn’t know about the cold water for tulips, so thanks! Love that basket too. And the pillow in the background made me swoon. Have a beautiful weekend.
Thanks for putting a happy smile on my face this morning, dear Mary! I enjoyed reading about all your tips in preparing the basket and the flowers. Your porch is looking so Spring-y, and the bunny pillow is wonderful!
SOooooAdorable Mary! And thank you for all your great floral tips!! Your basket find is perfect, I love the way the flowers are in separate groups just like in the garden rather than mixed together. I haven’t been to HG since last year, I think I will have to go this week!
Mary, you are a natural teacher and I learned several helpful tips. I love the step by step tutorial. Fun to see your styling evolve adding blankets and pillows behind your arrangement. Such a great basket, selection of flowers and darling eggs made a delightful spring basket. Fabulous photos as usual.
Perfection! Thank you so much Mary for such beautiful inspiring posts, you are a Blessing!
Stunning as always Mary! You bring us such beauty and joy with such ease and grace. You give those who feel somewhat intimidated in creating a floral arrangement to create a basket of beauty of their own! You never cease to amaze me with your creativity and the element of surprise. I am thrilled to be a part of Floral Friday with you…what more can you want to start of a weekend with the beauty you always share with us!! Have a great weekend Mary!
Mary, such a creative way to usher in spring, makes me want to start digging in the dirt. About 35 years ago my garden club did a similar project before Easter for our children. We lined their Easter baskets and planted grass added small potted flowers and by Easter we had a beautiful bed of green grass to nestle Easter delights in. I still have my daughter’s basket and fortunately found a plastic liner which fits in it perfectly and plan to arrange a blooming display for our Easter table similar to yours. Definitely going to check out Walmart for the Iris. Thanks always for sharing your inspirational ideas. You are the best.
What a beauty! Love the jar idea, how smart is that! This is even easier than the basket you did before with the bunny and fresh veggies tucked inside, but I loved that one too and it was a hit at my house. I will do this one for sure. Mary, we LOVED the Irish Beef Stew, how delicious. Tomorrow I will do the avocado- hummus dip along with the shamrock tortilla chips and we will also have the bread pudding with the salted caramel whiskey sauce. I’m so excited to try these recipes! May you have a special weekend and thanks for bringing a touch of spring to those of us who are still having snow flurries, lol.😭
P.s. The beef stew recipe doesn’t say when to add the tomato paste, but I did when I added the broth. Pretty much a given, but I thought you might want to know.😉
Beautiful basket! You are such a great illustrator! I bought that pillow two weeks ago and the one that had pink tulips. Have a Great Weekend! Suppose to be in 60’s today….so ready to be in garden!
No photo including puppy?!!
Mary the basket is beautiful. You are so talented.
Mary you never fail to surprise me with your beautiful posts.
Your basket is gorgeous. The flowers are beautiful and the eggs and bunnies are a delightful touch.
Beautiful basket of flowers! I finally have some bunnies hopping about here. Can’t believe you had snow again. It’s been gorgeous here, but today is much too warm for March. It seems to be one or the other. What happened to cool spring days?
How fabulous!!!Very inspiring,love your post.Hugs!
Adorable. Thx for the step by st
This is genius and so simple. I love projects like this! Thank you!
Thanks Mary for showing us how you made this arrangement. Floral arrangements are so beautiful online but I never know how to put them together. Thanks for the tutorial. Beautiful
Beautiful. Hope your weather get better soon.
Happy St Paddy’s Day.
How gorgeous!!! You are so gifted!
Happy St Patrick’s day tomorrow!!!
Voglia di primavera🌼🌻🍀 qui da me oggi☔
A gorgeous basket of blooms. One that shouts spring, something everyone is ready for. Also, a great set of instructions.
Have a Happy Saint Patrick’s day and weekend !
Great hostess gift idea for Easter dinner!!!
Adorable as always !
Beautiful basket!! franki
So Pretty!! i never knew that about cut daffodils – interesting – I will keep those little babies separate from now on!!
Thank you so much for sharing all your tips!
Beautiful arrangement, Mary, and what a smart idea using the jars!
Wow! That’s very elegant and beautiful! I love everything about it but particularly the added detail of the china eggs! How inspiring!
Your basket is beautiful I love the idea of using jars to hold the flowers; simple and useful. Thanks for sharing the tutorial and inspiring me to make one! ~Cheryl
Beautiful Mary! Happy Easter 🐰🐣🌷