Vintage Thread Ball Egg Basket {Easy DIY}

Is spring ever going to come? I sure hope so! There is still a little bit of snow on the ground here, but spring is on my mind. I have a super easy DIY tutorial to get you in the mood for spring as well. A few years back I made and sold these vintage thread ball egg baskets, and today I am going to share how.

The supplies include the following (supply links at the bottom of this post):

  • vintage thread balls (check local thrift stores or Etsy or eBay)
  • natural wood excelsior and/or sheet moss
  • faux speckled eggs (I purchased mine at HomeGoods a couple of years ago right before Easter - I couldn't find any exactly the same but found some that were close in my link list)
  • gift bag handles or natural twisted paper
This project is so simple, you can probably figure out how to do it just by looking at the pictures, but I will take you step by step anyway :)

If you are using gift bag handles, you will need to remove them from the bag first. If you are using twisted paper (in cord form) simply cut a strand to the size of handle you prefer.
Then make two small holes in the thread (just by moving with the end of a pair of scissors or pen), which is where you will glue the handle.
With your glue gun, attach the handle inside the holes.
Now, that you have your "basket", the next step is to glue on the excelsior or moss "nest" for the eggs.
Now to add the eggs! I only added three to each (keeping it an odd number and varying the size is good for balance). I just eyed it as to what looked good to me as far as placement.
After I had made these two, I wanted the "nests" to have a more full look around the edge so I took a long strip of the excelsior and lightly glued it around.
I took small sections of the moss and added that around the edge of the other one. And that is all!
I hope you enjoyed this simple tutorial! Later this week, I have a round-up of lots of easy DIY projects for spring, from some talented bloggers for you! Be sure to follow along by email to receive posts directly in your inbox so you never miss a post!

Till next time...
~Alice W.

Supply List
-click on the images below to be taken to the purchase site*-

*From affiliate links - I may receive a small commission for any sales made through these links.


  1. OMG Alice!!! These baskets are so freaking adorable!!! :) I love them!!!

  2. Oh these pictures are so pretty! You really are so very clever.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  3. Aww, these are adorable! Makes me excited for Easter. :)
    P.S. I am liking your site's new look!

    1. Oh good! I am glad you like the new look :) Thanks for visiting!

  4. How cute to put one at each place setting at Easter with the person's name! Totally stealing this idea.......:)

  5. Alice you are so talented! I must copy this idea :)

  6. Alice- That is a really cute, sweet idea. Love the place setting idea!!! xo Diana

    1. Thanks Diana! Yes, the place setting idea is awesome!

  7. What a lovely idea! So very pretty :)

  8. What a great idea!! I really love it and it's fits in with a more natural theme I want to go this year for Easter. Thanks so much for your generosity in sharing with us, Alice!

  9. Too cute! On my to do list! Lol

  10. I collect these thread balls to use as basket fillers. This is so cute. Loving and pinning!

  11. super cute and easy. just adorable.
    Thank you, this is on my to do list to :)

  12. This is so cute, I saw if featured at Cozy Little House and made one using yarn!

  13. Oh my goodness...this is the prettiest post...what lovely lovely photos and I adore the basket! xo
    Thanks bunches for linking at Twirl and Take a Bow! ox

  14. Just found you from being a guest over at Pamela's "How I Found My Style!" I am your newest follower - and look very forward to reading your older posts too - love love love your style and your wonderful winning attitude. : - )

  15. BTW- this is just too danged cute, what a great craftie - thanks so much for sharing!

  16. Featuring you tomorrow on Twirl and Take a Bow! This project is adorable! Hope to see you again!

    Happy Easter!

  17. Alice, stop! These are unbelievable. Pinning like mad and sharing on my FB page today.
    Hugs, Jamie


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