Try This on for Size
Enormous colorful plastic eggs always look glaringly artificial, which is why there's wit in taking them to the natural place –– coating each with hardware-store joint compound to replicate an eggshell texture, then speckling them all over with paint for a quail-egg appearance. Use one (or several) to decorate a mantel or side table, or as part of a centerpiece –– especially on a large table. Photography by Bryan Gardner.
Make the Package Pretty
Embossed-foil decorations known as Dresdens (they were popularized in Germany in the 19th century) are perfect box toppers for homemade cardboard eggs filled with candy. Apply the metallic embelishments in a graphic grouping, or as a single focal point.
Add a Soft Touch
The downy softness of baby chicks is incredibly appealing, and you can replicate that inviting texture with wool roving: Use it to make little yellow chickies to adorn a twig basket and to cover Styrofoam eggs in a variety of colors. (Intersperse natural, untreated eggs as well as gold-leafed ones for a playful basket arrangement centerpiece.)
See the Sunny Side
This trompe l'oeil fried egg may look like breakfast, but it's really dessert: Piped meringue becomes a crunchy nest when piped into oval shapes, then filled with soft, smooth lemon curd. A sprinkle of poppy seeds replicates black pepper.