Our Best Easter Decorating Ideas
Easter Sunday is a time when family and friends gather together to observe religious traditions, and these celebrations often include some of the most cherished symbols of the holiday: adorable bunnies and artful Easter eggs. But seasonal motifs, such as pastel hues and freshly-bloomed flowers, have their place in Easter gatherings, too. One easy way to get everyone into the spirit of the season is by incorporating these classic themes into your home décor.
Garden-fresh home details can take center-stage when decorating for Easter—a welcome change from darker winter hues. Here, light purples and pinks and rich oranges and reds make their annual debut in the form of breathtaking centerpieces featuring bunches of flowers—these colorful arrangements are ideal for an Easter dinner table. You could also place blooms by the door as an entryway decoration. If flowers are not your go-to, create our pastel rainbow Easter egg centerpiece, which is sure to liven up your holiday meal. Take your Easter elements to new heights and bedeck your home in whimsical garlands. Opt for airborne bunnies that the kids are sure to love, or simply string together dyed Easter eggs to create a festive sight atop your mantel. Make your carefully crafted Easter baskets a decoration of their own by placing them around the house, featuring lovely springtime scenes and a number of handmade ornaments.
Take guests on a journey to Germany and Austria when they step inside your abode by incorporating traditions from afar, like the Ostereierbaum, which is described as a colorful Easter egg tree. Christmas is not the only holiday to have a dedicated plant—display blown and decorated eggs from the bare branches for a striking look.
From garlands to baskets, bouquets to decorative eggs, explore our picture-perfect Easter decorating ideas to make sure everyone is in the mood for celebrating.
Flowers this free-spirited call for an equally earthy vessel. We slid three grapevine wreaths over a round glass vase of water, then put a ball of chicken wire inside to prop up the wispy stems of hellebore, clematis, nigella, scabiosa, spirea, and garlic blossom. The result is a lush mini meadow in full bloom.
The Details: Ashland Grapevine Wreaths, 14", $5 each, michaels.com.
This fuzzy little felted chickadee is highly detailed (and from John Derian), but any fledgling crafter can DIY her plush pad. Follow the steps below loosely—no need to be precise (wing it!). As for the quail eggs inside, we dyed a few yellow to darken their natural speckles, colored the spots on others with a gold-leaf pen, then tucked them all in with delicate andromeda clippings.
Stretch wool roving over a store-bought grapevine nest. Carefully poke a felting needle back and forth between the twigs, through the nest and roving, until the fibers fluff up and fuse together (aka "felt"). Continue all the way around to create a downy outer layer.
The Details: Dimensions Earth-Tone Roving Rolls, $7 for 12 colors, michaels.com. Krylon Leafing Pen, in Gold, $11, michaels.com. Factory Direct Craft Natural Grapevine Bird Nest, 5", $35 for 6, factorydirectcraft.com.
Wrapping paper is the building material for this artful centerpiece. Pick colors that echo your linens, and form shreds into a nest. Anchor it with découpaged eggs, then set everyone's place with a fritillaria stem or two—and you've just decorated your table for a song.
The Details: John Derian and Astier de Villatte Plates, $132 each, johnderian.com. John Derian and Astier de Villatte Plates Soup Bowls, $128 each, johnderian.com. Walter G. Granada linen, in Moss (used as tablecloth), walter-g.com. Crate & Barrel Helena Linen Dinner Napkins, in Sage Green (similar to shown), $8 each, crateandbarrel.com.
To play up the beauty of neutral eggs, introduce a jewel tone. This gem of a nest was fashioned from indigo-colored raffia and one tier of a hanging wire fruit basket, ideal for its bowl shape and big openings. Snip off the hardware with clippers, then work the raffia over and under in alternating rows to create a basket-weave pattern. Don't worry if you skip holes here and there; a little unruliness ups the charm. Last, put an extra bundle of raffia inside to give your clutch a lift.
The Details: Bee & Willow Home Iron Fruit Basket, $20, bedbathandbeyond.com. Dick Blick Art Materials Raffia, in Harbor Blue, $10 for 12 oz., dickblick.com. Naked Eggs Assorted Eggs, from $8 for 12, nakedeggs.etsy.com.
Easter Tree of Eggs
Garden-Inspired Easter Basket
Martha Stewart's SVP and executive editorial director, Kevin Sharkey, creates a stunning Easter basket inspired by greeting cards he found while on vacation.
Inspired by Victorian crafts, these sugar eggs can be left solid as decorations or hollowed out to hold candy.
Bird's Nest with Quince Branches
Bring the beauty of spring into your home with this speckled-eggs-and-nest display.
Turned wooden-egg candleholders coated in vermilion paint can be left on the mantel long after the last jelly bean has been eaten.
Wooden nesting eggs with red-painted interiors offer an adult take on the classic childhood Easter treat. They can be used as favors for a grown-up gathering or as décor all on their own.
This fanciful green-meadow vignette seems a fitting home for a chocolate bunny. His eyes (dabs of tinted royal icing) and bow tie (ribbon with a glued-on rosette) match his surroundings.
Red Eggs Wreath
Symbols of rebirth in many cultures, eggs serve as the perfect star component in this festive wreath. It features both hollowed chicken eggs and quail eggs, whose speckled shells truly look like art once they've been dyed red.
Enliven your next buffet with an arrangement of eggcup bouquets displayed on cake stands.
Daffodil Candy Cups
Make daffodils from baking cups and flower cutouts for your Easter or spring table. To use these as place cards, write names on the petals.
DIY Colorful Foiled Eggs
The fabled "golden egg" never looked quite so cool and organic. Ours were dyed in bright colors, then brushed with copper or gold leaf to make a statement.
Decorated Egg Weight
Use a plastic egg filled with jellybeans to anchor your tablecloth for an outdoor soirée. To create your own, secure gingham ribbon around the egg with hot glue and thread through a hole punched in the tablecloth.
Iron-On Floral Tea Towels
Bring the beautiful blooms of spring inside with iron-on floral tea towels. Easy to make and beautiful to display, these towels are a surefire way to add a splash of the season to your Easter décor. The precise cutting of the blooms is easy with Martha's special edition Cricut Explore Air 2 machine and you can achieve the flawless iron-on application with her EasyPress tool.
Dyed in fresh spring hues, our egg chain makes a cheerful seasonal swag for a mantel mirror; the blown-out eggshells are light enough to loop across a doorway.
Pastel Rainbow Easter Egg Centerpiece
Forego the hunt and place your Easter eggs front and center with this colorful centerpiece. Place complementary colored napkins and plates atop the table to really make this DIY decoration pop.
Daffodil and Pom-Pom Chicks Basket
Set inside a rustic boat-shaped birch basket, this cheerful yellow hilltop vista is a breath of fresh air. You can practically hear the chicks peeping in the heartwarming scene.
Oversize Egg Vase
An oversize eggshell filled with flowers unites two symbols of spring in a single arrangement.
Easter Bunny Garland
These cheerful decorations multiply quickly, thanks to their simple construction. To bring some festive cheer to your dessert table, march the rabbits across a garland, sit them atop cupcakes, or use them to offer sneak peeks into gift bags.