Thursday, April 5, 2012

Preppy Easter Pails

When the minnies were very young, they each had a basket that they used every year for their Easter basket.  It was somewhat small, but very cute.  For the past few years, I've prepared a traditional Easter Basket for the minnies.  Some were monogrammed, some were pretty gingham baskets, but a basket is a basket, and it seems like there's a basket for everything at my house.  I knew that I couldn't handle another basket this year, and their room certainly does not need another basket. 

This year, I thought it would be fun to give everyone their Easter treats in something that can be used all summer long.  A beach pail is a perfect idea for an Easter basket!  They can use it at the beach and pool and it's perfect for outdoor play.  These are the minnies' unfilled Easter pails.  I love the monograms and made the design on my cricut.  (The minnies will put out their basket for the Easter bunny on Saturday night!)

Here's a quick tutorial to make a monogrammed Easter pail with or without a cricut.  If you have a cricut machine, it's easy to make monograms using a font cartridge and vinyl.  I purchased the cricut vinyl at Michael's using a coupon, so the price was very reasonable.  I also experimented a little bit with contact paper that I picked up for $1 and the results were similar!  In the future, I think I'll use contact paper because it's so inexpensive. 

The vinyl and contact paper both have a backing.  I chose to cut through the vinyl, not the lining.  For me, this is the easiest way to peel and transfer the letters.  Put the settings for the cricut on 2 for pressure and 6 for depth.  The large letters are 3 1/2 inches and the smaller letters in the monogram are 2 1/2 inches tall. 

Here's what the letters looked like on the backing after they were cut.  I actually started this project using the George font cartridge, but I didn't like the letter J on that font.  So I switched to the Simply Sweet cartridge.  The final result is a combination of the two cartridges. 

So how can you use vinyl or contact paper if you don't have a cricut?  Carefully trace letters onto the vinyl using a stencil.  Cut out the letters with craft scissors or an exacto knife and you have the same effect.  You can find stencil alphabets at any craft store. 

These are some of the Preppy Easter Pails that I prepared for some other special children.  I try to choose a mix of treats and fun surprises so that it's not a complete sugar overload.  The dollar sections at Target and Michael's are great resources for little notebooks, pens and pencils.  The pails have some Lilly Pulitzer animal crackers, treats from Dylan's Candy Bar, Pez, stickers, lip gloss, a wooden peg game, and more surprises. 

What are you putting in your Easter basket this year?  



  1. I've been having trouble coming up with the perfect things to put in Jane's basket. At 4 1/2 months, a peanut butter egg doesn't work! I think we will be getting her some Trumpette socks since we always seem to be able to find only one of a pair. We might also get a few more passies and a very cute bathing suit. I'm still trying to come up with some other fun ideas!

  2. Those are adorable! I'm trying to stay away from too much candy so only one choc bunny, a few jelly beans, swimsuit, sundress, sunhat, an ariel costume and some other odds and ends. I'm including Lily Crackers also.

  3. My 2 sons,ages 24 and 19 are getting Clairsonic Mia's in their baskets(so they will stop using mine).I also make their girlfriends a basket. I have bought several Lilly wristlets and a few braclets to put with some preppy stationary.It all looks so cute! I hope they like it. Happy Easter to you and your girls,Bethany!!

  4. How cute are these pails?? We're using our kids' Easter baskets that we got from Pottery Barn a few years ago. But, I love the idea of using the pails well past Easter, especially for trips to the beach!



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