Renew, Upcycle and Reuse at Eastertime

By Liesl Clark

Interested in renewal and reuse at Eastertime? We’ve got great ideas for you. Ideas that will help you and the Easter bunny tread lightly on the Earth, resulting in a less-plastic toxic-free day.

We love Easter, mostly because it signifies the warming of the Earth around us, rebirth, renewal, and a time when the young spring forth to show their precious fuzzy faces.

"Peeper" is well loved this Eastertime. Photo © Liesl Clark

“Peeper” is well loved this Eastertime. Photo © Liesl Clark

Non-Toxic Egg Dying

If you want to try a great reuse that’ll rejuvenate your magic markers at the same time, use the markers as your non-toxic Easter egg dye. We tried it last year and had huge success. Read our brief tutorial and experiment with it yourselves. Our markers worked better afterwards and the eggs were all colors of the spectrum. Easy.

Use your dried up Non-Toxic Markers for Easter Egg Dye

Use your dried up Non-Toxic Markers for Easter Egg Dye

Or, better yet, give your eggs a true spa soak in an all natural bath that’ll dye them beautifully.

Easter Basket “Grass”

When (and why) did we turn from real grass to fake grass for our Easter baskets? I mean, there are few places on Earth where one cannot find a patch of grass, whether dried or green, or even weeds, to cushion our precious eggs in? Tissue paper, straw, shredded paper even come to mind. I mean, these eggs have been hard-boiled, so they don’t need so much cushioning after all.

Upcycle Magazine has 6 alternative Easter grasses worth checking out. I personally like their suggestion of kale, since my kids would likely munch on it as they hunt for their Easter eggs.

Of course, you can always grow your own Easter grass with wheat berries.

And if you have a cat, you should definitely stay away from the plastic grass, since they love to eat it. This stuff can really hurt your pets.

Easter Baskets

I might be a curmudgeon, but I’ve always wondered why Easter baskets had to be any different from a natural basket. Our twig baskets that we use to collect our eggs daily are beautiful hand-made baskets that the kids have enjoyed for years. We found them offered for “free” on the side of the road one day. So we put a little straw inside them and have used them ever since. A heartfelt “thank you” to our neighbor who offloaded them.

Nothing Better Than Fresh Eggs From the Hens

Nothing Better Than Fresh Eggs From the Hens

But there are some great upcycle projects for Easter baskets that might inspire you. Here are 3:

1) Of course, I’m partial to the simple upcycled grocery bag Easter basket proposed by Lia Griffith. It reminds me of the DIY Easter baskets we made in my childhood.

2) Somerset Place has some sweet little pastel Easter baskets made from egg cartons.

3) Lucky Ladybird Craft makes Easter baskets from plastic bags.

Plastic Easter Eggs

If you have plastic Easter eggs in your possession don’t be ashamed, we all have ’em! Put them to use, filled with delicious treats that the kids will love. We’ve been known to put berries and nuts in ours, but our children love the organic jelly beans we get from our grocery store bulk bins. In our Trash Backwards app, you’ll find all sorts of interesting things you can do with your plastic eggs.

Click Through For Plastic Easter Egg Reuses at Trash Backwards

Click Through For Plastic Easter Egg Reuses at Trash Backwards

Do you have a reuse tradition that you follow every Easter? We’d love to know about it.

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5 Comments on “Renew, Upcycle and Reuse at Eastertime”

  1. Suzanne
    March 17, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    We have reused plastic milk jugs. Easy and fun for the kids.

    • March 17, 2013 at 8:28 am #

      Hi Suzanne: What a cute project! We’ll put it in our app for others to find, too. I like how sturdy the milk jugs are and we’re always looking for reuse ideas for pretty ribbon.
      — Liesl at Trash Backwards

  2. March 17, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    Many years ago, I dyed my Easter Eggs with onion skins, following a plan I found in Martha Stewart’s book “Entertaining.” They were beautiful! I used skins from red onions, yellow, purple, and white. If you don’t have a copy of this book (published back in the 1980’s), check it out from the library. There are many other available suggestions for dyeing with onion skins, but none I found turned out as gorgeous as Martha’s. Go figure.

    • March 20, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

      Go figure, indeed. We’re going to give this method a try this year. Thanks for the resource!


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