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Every year when spring rolls around, I always look forward to sprucing up my home with cheery decor and bright pastel colors. I recently decided to add some colorful new plates to my collection to create a fun spring tablescape for my family to enjoy during Easter dinner this year. As I brought my plates home and set them out on the table, I couldn’t help but feel like something was missing. They needed a little touch of pizzazz, and after I pondered for a few minutes, a bright idea hopped right into my mind!
I grabbed my glue gun and plundered through my craft corner out in our back yard shed and found my stash of scrap burlap that I had leftover from my wedding years ago. Burlap is so versatile! I’m so glad that I held on to a few pieces of it, because it’s been used in many a DIY project! I thought making a sweet little utensil holder to place right in the middle of my new plates would be just the thing that my tablescape needed. Not just any utensil holder, though! These hippity hoppin’ utensil holders were going to have bunny ears and a cute cotton tail, and they’re going to be joining my family and I for our special Easter dinner!
Gathering around the dinner table is something that’s incredibly important to me. It’s quality time with my family that I value so much, and I always look forward to special holidays where we get to share a special feast as we celebrate the holiday and the season. It didn’t take me long before I was daydreaming about all of the yummy foods that were going to be served on my new plates. (Is it crazy that I’ve already made the menu?? Food is my love language!) 😉
Aside from all of our favorite Southern staples and comfort foods that always find their way onto the table during Easter (I’m lookin’ at you, deviled eggs,) I want to make sure that our dessert is going to be top-notch. It is, after all, the grand finale to a grand meal! When planning this menu, I made sure I was careful about the food items that I chose. I don’t want to find myself spending more time in the kitchen than I am with my family, so I decided to hit up the frozen food section at my local Walmart and head straight for the Marie Callender’s® pies!
It takes a lot of love to make good old fashioned comfort foods right. Marie Callender’s® pies always deliver that crazy delicious homemade taste, and they’re made with real, wholesome ingredients that always satisfy! Plus, they’re incredibly convenient and affordable. My number 1 pick is always the Chocolate Satin Pie. I just know it’s going to be the star of the spread come Easter time!
Seriously, y’all. Those chocolate shavings and those perfect peeks of delicious whipped cream have me drooling over here! My favorite part about this pie is the cookie crumb crust. It’s to die for! I’ve always been advised to keep your fork handy when you finish a meal, because dessert is sure to be right around the corner! Marie Callender’s® pie paired with this little DIY burlap bunny utensil holder is a match made in Heaven, and the perfect place to keep that fork so you can enjoy dessert! 😉
If you’re a seasoned DIY’er, you probably have a lot of the supplies needed to make these laying around. If not, the supplies are very inexpensive and can all be found at Walmart!
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
Burlap fabric, low-temp hot glue gun with plenty of extra glue stocks, ruler, lace ribbon, twine, sturdy scissors, cotton balls rolled into miniature balls (or white craft pom poms,) card stock and a marker (not pictured)
Step 1: Using the ruler, measure out burlap fabric 12 inches long and 5 1/2 inches wide and cut the fabric according to those lengths. You can use the marker to make ticks on the fabric to help you know where to cut.
Step 2: Get your low temp hot glue gun ready. (Make sure your glue gun is low temp, because you’re probably going to get a little glue on your hands!) Starting with the top of the fabric (5 1/2 inch side) fold the burlap over about 1/2 inch and glue to make a seam. Do the short sides first.
Step 3: Once you’ve made a seam on both short sides, repeat step 2 on the long sides of the fabric, until your fabric looks like what’s pictured above.
Step 4: Fold the burlap from top to bottom and put a dab of glue in the top corners. Press and hold to make sure fabric holds tight. This will create the top opening.
Step 5: Glue the two long sides together to create an envelop. Make sure you leave the top opening unglued!
Step 6: Using a marker and card stock, freehand bunny ears in the size that you like. Mine were roughly 3 1/3 inches long. Cut out each bunny ear.
Step 7: Glue the card stock ears directly onto a scrap piece of burlap. (This will help keep the ears stiff and standing straight.) Cut out the ears.
Step 8: Cut a small piece of lace ribbon and glue across the top where the opening is.
Step 9: Glue the bunny ears to the inside of the burlap envelope, making sure you glue it to the bottom piece of fabric and not the top.
Step 10: Glue the cotton tail to the bottom. Tie a piece of twine around the utensil holder to create a little bow. I secured my bow with a small dab of glue to keep it in place.
And just like that, you’ve got a cute little cotton-tailed friend to help get your table ready for spring! If you’re looking for a way to sweeten up your spring time tablescape and make every meal spectacular, give this easy little DIY project a try, and don’t forget to serve Marie Callender’s® pie to make it extra special!
For more sweet spring DIY ideas and ways to incorporate Marie Callender’s® Pies into your Easter preparation, head on over here and join in on the fun!