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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

French Country Floral Bunny Basket

Friday, March 30, 2018


E A S T E R   B A S K E T S  

are not just for children

As a child I loved getting an Easter basket filled with candies and toys every year. Now, as an adult I continue to love having baskets all decorated for the Easter season. Why give up a joyous experience just because you get older? Bring out your baskets and celebrate the season with a special basket on your dining table. 

French Country Floral Bunny Basket 


Rustic French country floral bunny basket
You will not be the only one enjoying a basket decorated for the season. Grown children who no longer live at home and who are coming over to visit will enjoy seeing a lapin (bunny) basket which will bring back many happy memories of their childhoods. Chances are a basket will spark conversations and stories among them of their own favorite baskets as children.



They will also be happy to see their parents (YOU) are still enjoying life and celebrating the changing seasons. Sort of reassurances that all is well with their parents' health and outlook on life in general.




 French country floral bunny basket as centerpiece in a blue and white dining room
If you are having guests for book club, bridge, girl's lunch, etc..., all the more reason to create a special spring basket for a centerpiece. Friends gathered for lunch enjoy special centerpieces and always remark about them. They too, still enjoy Easter baskets as adults.




 French country floral bunny basket as centerpiece is easy to create with only 3 items
To create a similar French Country floral bunny basket, you only need a handful of materials and NO flower arranging skills. A basket, a lapin, and two or three four-inch bedding plants are the major parts.




Protect dining tables from leaks in a French country floral centerpiece bunny basket
Two more items make the arrangement better.

① A piece of plastic to line the bottom of the basket prevents water leaks from the bedding plants dripping onto the table.

② Green sheet moss fills in the spaces between the inside of the basket and the plastic pots holding the plants. A little bit of green moss is visible in the photo, but more needs to be used to hide the white pots better.




Choose flowers for a French country floral centerpiece bunny basket that complement your home's colors
Choose bedding plants to complement your home's colors or your table setting colors. White is always an option if you cannot find plants in the color you need. White sweet alyssum is a good variety for using in floral baskets.




Blue lobelia flowers in a French country floral centerpiece bunny basket complement blue and white decor
The plants in this arrangement are annual blue lobelia and are readily available at most nurseries. They grow as far north as Victoria, Canada and all across Europe in window boxes and hanging baskets. They also grow in north Texas.

Annual lobelia comes in a range of colors including white with tiny blue centers, soft lavender, medium blue, and dark cobalt blue.




No flower arranging skills needed to create a French country floral centerpiece bunny basket
Both lobelia and sweet alyssum are good choices because they drape over the edges of containers. No flower arranging skills are needed to make them look good. Just insert a couple of plants on one side of the bunny and insert one plant on the opposite side/end of the bunny.

Voilà 
(here it is)

Minimal supplies and no flower arranging skills make this French Country floral bunny basket an easy way to continue to celebrate Easter baskets as adults. 




Use concrete bunny in a French country floral centerpiece bunny basket
Both the rustic twiggy basket and the concrete fluffy bunny have been a part of many previous Easter baskets. During most of the rest of the year, the bunny resides on the stone hearth near the fireplace and has suffered a few dings over the years. 

Much like the Velveteen Rabbit, this concrete bunny is still loved regardless of his appearance. 




Easy to create French Country floral bunny basket centerpiece
Whether company is coming or not, a whimsical floral bunny basket is a good way to celebrate spring and to enjoy a tradition from childhood. 


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You may enjoy seeing other spring baskets.