Make a Living Easter Basket and Avoid Plastic Easter Grass

Don’t we all hate that plastic Easter grass that ends up trailing through our living room and getting tangled into our holiday baskets?  This year you can actually grow your own grass in your baskets and get your young ones involved in the process.  I found this idea in Simple Abundance, by Sarah Ban Breathnach. 

It’s best to start this project now since it will take a few weeks for the grass to sprout.  

You’ll need:

  • Easter baskets(check my next post for where to get great deals on these)
  • Plastic produce bags or bread bags(the ones that can’t be recycled)
  • A packet of rye grass seeds
  • Potting soil
  • A paper bag 

First line your baskets with plastic, layering it along the sides and bottom so that the wicker will be protected.   Place a few stones along the bottom of the basket for drainage and then layer in two inches of potting soil.  Sprinkle rye seeds over the top and finish off with another very thin layer of soil, just enough to cover the seeds.  Water liberally and cover with a brown paper sack for a few days until the seeds sprout.  When you start to see the grass through the soil, place indoors in a sunny spot and water.  In a few weeks you’ll have a lush little patch of grass, ready to nestle your home-dyed eggs.  This works great as a centerpiece as well!  Enjoy!  


  1. what a great idea–i’ve got to do that this year. I hate the plastic grass too

  2. I’m always amused by the term “green baby“. Are we raising a whole generation of children with jaundice? 🙂

    But it’s great to see parents really taking the care to make these sorts of decisions. Keep up the great work.

  3. I love that idea! My question is, how do you put it in a place where it can grow before Easter AND have your kids not notice it? Hmmm…. I suppose the Easter basket doesn’t HAVE to be all surprise and the kids could be involved. I like it! There is also all kinds of symbolism around Easter here… planting seeds, watching them grow.

  4. Ooh, I had another idea. Try growing the grass in a pie plate, or other small dish that will fit inside the basket and then just put the dish inside the basket on easter morning.

  5. I absolutely love this idea. I hate the plastic grass so much I’ve omitted it completely from the Easter baskets in past year. My girls are going to love this project!

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