Earlier this year, you know the HGTV.com editorial team was busy crafting away for Easter. I mean, give us a reason to get out the glitter and we’re there. Our favorite crafting session was when we gathered — spring-y snacks by our side — to decorate Easter eggs. Partnered with a host of materials, we were ready to create our masterpieces. These ideas are perfect for crafty little hands, so grab the kids and re-create these traditional and trendy ideas in your own home.
Washi Tape: Cut strips of plain or patterned washi tape to create a mod design.
Freehand Doodles: Use permanent markers on plain or dyed eggs to draw phrases, graphics and trendy patterns, like this pretty ikat design.
Easter comes early this year, so here at HGTV we’ve been elbow deep in egg decorating for weeks. You just never know when you’ll find one of our editors marbling, gilding, tattooing, or glittering eggs, we’re that committed. My contribution? These super cute baker’s twine-wrapped paper mache eggs. Check it out:
Baker’s twine is so on trend right now, and it finds a new purpose when wrapped around paper mache eggs, don’t you think?
Already have your egg-decorating plans in place? Then don’t miss these other Easter decor ideas:
OK everyone, brace yourselves for a batch of cuteness. Entertaining expert Kim Stoegbauer from The TomKat Studio hosted a kid-friendly Easter shindig exclusively for HGTV.com and as you can tell from the picture below, the kids loved it. We have all the tips, free (yes, free!) printables and projects you need to throw an Easter egg decorating and hunt party of your own.
Erin’s dip-dyed stool DIY was very much on my brain, and then I started finding dip-dyed eggs for Easter on blogs and Pinterest. Coincidence? I think not. These ladies are bang on-trend. I really like the neon version from Courtney of Merriment on Oh Joy! But my favorite dip-dyed example is this bit of gilded goodness from Fabulous K pictured below.
I know Easter is tomorrow, but luckily these are so simple to do, you can start them today and they’ll be ready in time for the festivities. (Unlike, say, those embroidered eggs I fancied.) Posh Easter eggs you can do easily? Now that’s the (golden) ticket!
Color tablets and stinky vinegar have stiff competition these days when it comes to decorating Easter eggs. There are a lot of impressive ideas floating around on blogs and Pinterest (and HGTV.com, ahem), but here’s one that was totally new to me: Embroidered Easter eggs.
Ukranian artist Forostyuk Inna stitched up these goose eggs, but the funny thing is that no one on the Internet seems to know just how it was done. (The commenters on Sublime Stitching have some great theories, though.) I don’t know that I’ll be attempting this method, but the intricate and colorful work does make me want to step up my Easter egg game a bit.
What’s your favorite egg-decorating technique? Or are there any that you’re thinking of trying for the first time?
Briana’s Daily Delight from this morning reminded me how incredibly close Easter is (April 8!). It feels especially early this year, don’t you think? I typically spend Easter afternoon at my mother’s house eating a delicious Southern meal. That being said, I don’t usually decorate my place for the holiday, but I’m always coming across projects I can’t wait to try whenever Easter brunch finally rotates to my place. If you happen to be hosting this year, you should definitely grab the kids and give this festive, hand-painted egg garland a try. With a little paint and glitter, you can bring a sweet, spring-inspired touch to your mantel or banister just in time for Easter.
Finished Easter egg banner hanging above a stylish spring vignette.
First, round up 52 large, white chicken eggs (you can use more or less depending on where you plan on hanging your garland), an egg-blowing kit, skewers, acrylic craft paint, craft glitter, glue, white tissue paper, twine and an upholstery needle.
Painting eggs; Glittering eggs
After blowing out the eggs, use bamboo skewers to hold the eggs and start painting. Marian Parsons from Mustard Seed Interiors suggests painting 36 of the eggs with acrylic paint, and then coating the other 16 entirely in glitter. You can add swirls, polka dots and other designs to your painted eggs with glue, glitter and a 1.0 liner paintbrush. The more variation you add to your garland, the more vibrant and exciting it will be!
Threading eggs; Making tissue spacers; Finishing garland
Once the eggs are dry, insert the twine through the top hole of the egg (Image 1). Do this for all the eggs, alternating your various designs and patterns. Using white tissue paper, cut out squares and fold into accordion folds (Image 2). Use the needle to thread tissue onto twine (Image 3), and then pull the layers apart to form a flower (Image 4). Place flared tissue flower at every third egg or so on the garland (Image 5). To finish, cut the twine and create a loop for hanging. Get the Full Step-by-Step Instructions >>
What Easter projects do you have planned? Egg dying? Creative baskets for the kids? Share them with us!
Easter customs and traditions vary globally, from dyeing eggs and exchanging gifts to feasting with family and friends. Even though I’m in my 20s, I still get a decked-out Easter basket from the Easter Bunny my mom, my grandmother cooks a Thanksgiving-style feast, and I’m not even going to lie, I participate in the occasional egg hunt. (No, I don’t push small children out of the way.)
How do you celebrate Easter? Does the entire family gather for a delicious brunch? Do you exercise your creativity through colorful egg dyeing and handmade decor? Fill us in on your festivities! And if you’re in need of last minute suggestions for decorations and gifts, HGTV.com is here to help.
It’s not too late to create a stunning spring-inspired tablescape. While you’re at it, boil some eggs to make these adorable (and edible) chicks the kids will love. And don’t forget flowers! Give your terra cotta pots some springtime love by painting them with chalkboard paint and adding some bulbs already in bloom. Voila! You’ve got the perfect hostess gift or cheerful welcome on your front porch.
A couple weeks ago, Karli pitted chicks and bunnies in a quest to find out which cute, cuddly mascot of Easter should reign supreme. You, our Design Happens followers, overwhelmingly championed for bunnies. But if you are the proud owner of a small flock of backyard hens like me, (yes, I live in the big city of Atlanta and have six pet chickens) then you know in your heart of hearts…chicks rule! (After all, bunnies don’t lay eggs.)
2011 marks the first year I will dye and decorate eggs for Easter fresh from the coop. Even better, we have a chicken known as an Easter Egger that lays pastel blue eggs. What more can you ask for?
I’m tempted to go with this DIY shabby chic spoon and candle display designed by Just Something I Made, so I can show off a half dozen naturally blue eggs. Since our hens lay about five eggs a day total, we’ve started collecting porcelain eggs crates. Maybe I could do something modern with this one from West Elm? Then again, I am enchanted by the doily stencil approach I found on the blog Urban Comfort. Delicate and subtle. (And no dyeing involved if we use our blue and brown eggs.)
If you love dyeing and decorating with Easter eggs as much as me, then you’ll love seven more stunning, yes, stunning designs I found on Etsy and crafting blogs. Plenty of inspiration and tutorials if you’re a DIYer like me. Or you’ve still got time to order from the Etsy sellers if you love handmade but don’t have time for crafts. Enjoy!
Easter Sunday brings back so many … itchy memories for me. I never threw a tantrum while getting dressed. I kept it together because I knew if I cooperated and wore the fluffy floral dress, uncomfortable patent leather shoes, white gloves, straw hat and smiled through the family photo shoot that I’d be rewarded with all the Marshmallow Peeps and Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs I could eat. While I still love eating Easter Sunday brunch at my grandmother’s, I’m so happy that I get to pick out a soft sundress of my choosing. And decorate my home to my heart’s delight. I’m getting an early start on Easter decorating this year (a good 3 weeks early!) How about you? Here are my four favorite handmade projects you can complete in a snap and enjoy the entire month.
This delicate egg garland is the perfect Easter decor piece in all its glittery, pastel goodness. It’s ideal for hanging above a spring-style vignette or wrapping around the stair banister. Yes, glitter can be messy, but that makes it all the more fun, right?
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