Welcome spring into your home with any of these stylish and playful ideas for the iconic egg (bunnies and chicks optional).
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.