Get ready for Easter this year with touches of spring around the home. From a garden-fresh palette to colorful eggs, this cheery decor is a welcome change from winter hues.
Made of wrapped paper streamers, these adorable little bundles are a twist on the crepe-paper surprise ball. As you unwind the paper, you find the trinkets -- jewelry, a novelty, a toy. Display a basketful as a centerpiece or leave them by the door as favors.
Symbols of rebirth in many cultures, eggs serve as the perfect star component in this festive wreath. To hollow out the eggs, working over a bowl, pierce one end of a raw egg with a pin. Pierce the other end, and use the pin to enlarge the hole slightly and break the yolk.
Wheat grass makes a wonderful Easter table runner or centerpiece and provides the perfect background for displaying decorated eggs, flowers, and chocolate bunnies. Seeds take a few days to sprout, and in about 10 days, the grass will be ready to use as a decoration in your home -- just in time for Easter.
This dramatic scene sets a new silver standard for Easter. There are whimsically polka-dotted and beribboned silver blown-out eggs, filigreed sterling silver "baskets," and, of course, dapper chocolate bunnies -- here, white chocolate, tied with ribbons to match the dots.
A whimsical flowering branch is a natural perch for these handmade baby birds. We wrapped a fallen oak branch with ivory perle cotton thread, and then glued on fabric millinery flowers. To make a centerpiece, bunch several branches, nestling chicks among the buds.
This time of year, birds instinctively put the materials at hand to good use. Here, the downy, gray catkins of pussy willow branches soften a densely woven nest, while dried grasses inside cushion fragile decorated eggs. A trail of feathers suggests that the winged occupant has just taken flight.
Give a gentle nod to the season with this fresh take on a pastel Easter palette. Fragrant white hyacinths and buttery-yellow double tulips and carnations shimmer against green-and-white pittosporum foliage. A porcelain vase sets off the textures and tones of the flowers, as well as the variegated leaves. We began by grouping stems of pittosporum to shape a framework and establish height. The rest was filled in with hyacinths, then tulips and carnations, to create a mounded form. If arrangements could smile, this one would.
The branches of our feathered tree feature egg and carrot ornaments hanging from loops of silver thread, as well as pipe-cleaner baskets filled with Easter creatures and more eggs.
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