DIY Easter decoration: make an Easter basket nest from rope DIY Easter decoration: make an Easter basket nest from rope DIY Easter decoration: make an Easter basket nest from rope

Is anyone else noticing that the slightly smaller seasons like Easter and Halloween seem to be getting bigger and bigger each year? They’re fast approaching Christmas-scale proportions! Take Easter for example: the other day, I actually saw Easter greetings cards…! What’s happening to the world?!

Now, I don’t think I’m quite ready for Easter greetings cards just yet, but one thing I can get on board with is DIY Easter decorations. After all, Easter is typically a time when families and friends get together for the weekend – so you might as well go all out and make your home look the part too! With this in mind, I thought I’d have a go at creating some Easter egg themed decorations, in partnership with Thorntons. I was inspired by all of the birds’ nests that will soon be starting to crop up in the spring weather, so I tried my hand at creating a really simple Easter egg nest from some rope. Learn how to make your own with the tutorial below.

DIY Easter decoration: make an Easter basket nest from rope

DIY Easter decorations: rope nests

 

What you’ll need

  • A plain Easter egg
  • At least 2.5m of medium weight rope
  • Matching thread
  • A sewing machine (not pictured)
  • Scissors

DIY Easter decoration: make an Easter basket nest from ropeDIY Easter decoration: make an Easter basket nest from rope

What to do

  1. Neatly trim the ends of the rope to remove any frayed threads.
  2. Curl one end of the rope tightly around itself into a flat coil. Hold it in place with your fingers, then carefully clamp it beneath your sewing machine foot.
  3. Sew directly over the middle of the coiled rope a couple of times, to secure it in place.
  4. Lift your sewing machine foot, then reposition the needle so it sits on the edge of the coil you’ve just sewed together.
  5. Start wrapping the rest of the rope around the small coil you’ve already created, sewing it in place as you go. Make sure you use a zig-zag stitch, so your thread is able to hold together the coiled rope properly. It’s pretty fiddly to start with – you’ll probably need to keep raising the sewing machine foot and repositioning the rope – but it gets easier as the coil gets bigger!
  6. When the rope coil is rougly half the width of your Easter egg, it’s time to curve the edges to form a 3D basket. To do this, follow the exact same process that you have been, except start to tilt the coil slightly as you sew it. It’s difficult to explain, but I found it surprisingly intuitive when you actually do it!
  7. Keep building up the sides of the basket by coiling the rope and sewing it in place, until you either run out of rope or you reach the desired size.
  8. Fold the very end of the rope flat against the basket and sew it in place (you may need to trim any frayed bits off first).
  9. Finally, pop your egg into your DIY rope basket and put it out on display.

DIY Easter decoration: make an Easter basket nest from rope

It’s a good idea to have a practise of this with some cheap rope before comitting to that super fancy, expensive stuff you might have your eye on – it’s not difficult by any means, but it is a little fiddly.

I love how well these little egg rope baskets have come out, I think they look great! If you’re thinking of making some DIY Easter decorations this year, be sure to give this one a go. Thanks to Thorntons for providing the eggs to use in this post – if you want to try this project yourself, be sure to check out their awesome Easter range by clicking here. Happy crafting! – Mike.

DIY Easter decoration: make an Easter basket nest from rope DIY Easter decoration: make an Easter basket nest from rope DIY Easter decoration: make an Easter basket nest from rope
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