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March 29, 2011

Easter At Home

Easter is probably the prettiest holiday there is. I adore soft pastel colours and they are just so typical of Easter. In my family we usually decorate our homes with hints of Easter just as we do with Christmas. You don't have to spend a fortune - just look around in a few craft stores or even your own garden to gather a few Easter items and to get the spirit of Easter going in your own home. 

Here are just a few cute and easy images I found online. They are all easy to do yourself and will cost you next to nothing. 

Grass Nests and Felt Eggs

These small nests are available at any large florist or crafts outlet. They are so versatile and you can use them from underplates (as I've done in many of my events) or just as decor to add to a theme. Felt material is also available in various colours at most fabric stores. These tiny eggs aren't difficult to make. Just add a bit of moss or even a few leaves or twigs with a small name tag and you have created a place name tag for your Easter table or just a tiny piece of Easter decor. 

Easter Egg Trees

I absolutely love Easter Trees and you will not find my home without at least one during April! They are so easy to make. Scout around in your garden (especially now) for dried or dead branches. Place it in a ceramic pot or a pot of your choice and display on a table or server in one of your rooms. You can add various Easter decor items to the tree. I usually use Easter eggs that I've collected over the years, but you can even make your own Easter egg cut outs on beautiful scrapbook paper or even ask your children to paint a few hollowed eggs and use them on your tree. 

Hand Stitched Easter Eggs

These hand stitched eggs are just adorable and if you are skilled with a needle and thread, I'm sure this will be a piece of cake! They key is to use different materials and textures. As illustrated in the image, they've used lace, felt and other cotton materials. This creates a layered and interesting effect. You can buy polystyrene at most crafts outlets - they make the perfect inner to cover with your material with. 


Egg Stand Flowers

If you have a few egg stands and haven't used them in quite some time, now is the time to dust them off and put them to new use. These easy to make yourself flower arrangements will add just the right ambience to your home to welcome the Easter! You can either use coloured eggs to add to the height and colour as they've done in the image, or use them as they are and place a few freshly picked garden flowers in your egg stand. Group them together in uneven numbers and use them either on a side table in your living room or as small flower arrangements on your Easter table. 


Personalized Buckets and Baskets

We have an Easter egg hunt every year on Easter Sunday, no matter how old you are. It's so much fun and is just another family activity everyone can enjoy. These personalized buckets are such a cute way of adding to the Easter holiday spirit. You can either hand paint these or if this is too much trouble, why don't you add a large name tag to each basket? Add a few colourful ribbons too. These buckets are versatile and can be used after wards as ice buckets, knife and fork holders at a party or anything else you can think of! 


Grass Holders

Grass is so fitting to Easter and nowadays you don't only see them oustide your home anymore! People have used these as decor items inside for quite some time, and so can you! If you start growing your grass arrangements now, they will be ready just in time for Easter. They are easy to grow yourself and the seeds are available at any local nursery. If you don't have time to go to the extreme of nurturing a few grass arrangements, buy grass plants and plant them in the containers of your choice and use them as is. Add a few quirky Easter decor items or even a few chocolate Easter eggs will do just the trick!


Easter Goody Bags

These little goody bags are easy to make if you can gather a good dose of patience. They are pretty easy to make, but time consuming. All you will need for the project will be white paper bags, cellophane to cover the inside of the cut out area, a stencil, colourful ribbon and tasty goodies for your goody bag. Have a look online for cut outs or stencils. You can even look in some children's books - you might find beautiful images of rabbits or chicks to trace. 


Pastel Coloured Cookies

Try and add a bit of colour to your kitchen creations too this Easter and make colourful biscuits, cookies and cakes. A little bit of food colouring can add just the right touch to your favourite recipe. Place them on a tray or even in a little wicker basket and add to your Easter decor. If you aren't a big cook, look out for some crafty and colourful biscuits and confectionaries in your local deli or supermarket. 


Colourful Wreaths

Wreaths add such a warm feeling to any home. You can use them inside or outside your home, but the prefect spot would probably be right at your front door. Although the colourful wreath in the image is for the more skilled crafter, you can easily purchase wreath rings at large florist. Decorate them with a few hollow eggs, feathers or anything you might think will work. I've seen quite a few wreaths covered in only ribbon. Purchase satin (these will be the most pocket friendly) in 3 or 4 soft pastels colours and wrap them around the wreath until you have covered the entire wreath in ribbon. You can change and add your wreath each year for Christmas and Easter to match the season!

2 comments:

  1. Love your Idea's Marissa- Your easter wand has set the mood :)

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