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If you’re a baker, you’ve likely had that moment of panic in the middle of a tedious decorating project. Since I’m a late-night gal, mine usually happens about 2 a.m. when I’m, say, painstakingly weaving lattice crusts for 100 mini apple pies. Most times, it’s worth the extra effort in the end (who doesn’t love a mini apple pie?!), but when you’re entertaining, simpler is usually better.

That’s why I set out to simplify my Easter cupcakes this year: You can start each of these designs with the same lemon-scented cupcake recipe and vanilla buttercream frosting, and all of the toppings are things you’ll likely find at your local supermarket.

Baby Chick Easter Cupcake Decorating Idea - HGTV's Design Happens

These bite-sized mini cupcake chicks, for instance, start with a layer of robin’s egg blue frosting. Add a couple of mini chocolate chip eyes and turn two triangles of fruit leather into an edible beak, then tuck them into a “nest” of shredded paper or Easter grass.

Carrot Easter Cupcake Decorating Idea - HGTV's Design Happens

This next cupcake is an ode to our March Color of the Month: a mini garden plot of carrots! Dip a frosted cupcake into crushed chocolate graham crackers, then push chunks of coconut-peanut butter candy as carrot stand-ins. Top the “carrots” with a dollop of orange frosting and add a few pieces of green licorice as leaves. I used half of a craft stick as a crop marker, but you could also write on Easter guests’ names and use the cupcakes as tasty place cards.

More Easy Cupcake Decorating Ideas

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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:

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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?

Learn how to make these Baker's Twine-Wrapped Easter Eggs on Weekday Crafternoon

Already have your egg-decorating plans in place? Then don’t miss these other Easter decor ideas:

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Welcome back, spring — I’ve missed you so! The weather here in Knoxville has (thankfully!) warmed, birds are singing and flowers are popping up everywhere. My backyard is abloom with crocuses, daffodils, tulips, forsythia and lenten roses putting on a colorful show. I’m a flower picker from way back. There’s hardly a photo of a preschool me where I don’t have a bunch of wildflowers (and honestly, sometimes just plain weeds) clutched tightly in my chubby fist. So when my yard breaks into bloom, I break out the scissors and head outside to claim some spring color to brighten up the indoors.

I’ve also always been fascinated by that other harbinger of spring: bird’s nests, eggs and baby birds hopping about. Obviously, I’ve no plans to bring those inside — but – in under an hour I can turn aluminum foil, moss and hot glue into a realistic looking bird’s nest that adds a sweet spring touch:Jute twine, Spanish moss and aluminum foil are all you need to make a lovely faux bird's nest for spring celebrations.

Pretty, huh? It was actually easy to make – get the complete step-by-step instructions here>> The tiny robin’s eggs are easy to craft too, my instructions include how to paint and speckle them.

You can make your nest any size you like. I made this one large enough to work as an Easter basket of sorts:Jute twine, Spanish moss and aluminum foil are all you need to make a lovely faux bird's nest for spring celebrations.


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Easter celebrations are right around the corner — time to banish winter blahs and freshen up indoors and out with a few springy touches. We’ve gathered 25 of our favorite Easter decorating ideas to inspire you. From quick-and-easy centerpiece ideas to a clever way to glam up your Easter eggs to a free, printable Easter banner — we’ve got you covered.

All 25 ideas have the official Easter Bunny stamp of approval (seriously!) but here are my 5 favorites: 

Delight Easter guests with this creative place setting idea featuring cute (and oh-so-fluffy!) feathered chicks and candy eggs:Set your Easter table with a creative place card like these cute (and oh-so-fluffy!) chicks and candy eggs

Weather permitting, bring your dining table and chairs outside and enjoy Easter dinner al fresco surrounded by Mother Nature’s changing scenery.
Weather permitting, bring your dining table outside and enjoy your Easter dinner al fresco.


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Can you believe it’s only 3 weeks till Easter? Time to hop to it and get crafting! For a fun twist on a traditional Easter basket, try a painted pail instead — it’ll look great filled with treats on Easter morning and is just the right size for stashing toys or craft supplies the rest of the year.

All you need is a metal pail, spray paint and round stickers. Get step-by-step instructions here: Easy Kids' Craft: Cute Easter Bucket With Ribbon Roses

The ribbon roses may look complicated but they’re actually a snap. Wired ribbon and scissors are all you need — no sewing necessary. Learn how to make them here:
Easy Kids' Craft: Cute Easter Bucket With Ribbon Roses

So, are you ready for Easter celebrations? No? Well then you’re in luck — check out the project ideas below and keep checking Design Happens for more Easter inspiration to come!

Printable Bunny Ears — Free Printable PDF
Hatching Chick Egg
Kids’ Craft: Dyed Easter Egg Animals — Free Printable PDFs 
How to Make Cascarone Confetti Eggs

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The calendar is telling me that spring should be making an appearance any day now (not to mention that pesky groundhog), but y’all? It is COLD here. We had a hard freeze this week at HGTV headquarters, and there is snow in the forecast tomorrow. Snow! I am doggedly ignoring all of this and instead looking at this lovely Easter wreath, packed with charming paper flowers and so easy to make, it will warm your heart (if not your freezing hands). Check out the DIY video:

The best part of this floral wreath? It’s inexpensive and, if stored properly, can be enjoyed for many spring seasons to come.

DIY Easter Wreath

So, what’s the weather like in your part of the world? Are you dreaming of spring decor while there’s frost on the ground?

Want more crafty inspiration? Check out past episodes of Weekday Crafternoon right here.

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Happy Easter! Prepping for family brunch or dinner? We’ve got some beautiful tablescape and entertaining ideas for you, of course, but I also quite like these Bird’s Nest Egg Cups from Shapeways.

birds nest egg cup

They’re minimal and flexible, but strong enough to keep the egg sturdy and protected. Don’t the branches look so striking? And the little birdie detail could not be tweeter…err, sweeter. I’m already thinking about stocking up on these so I’ll be all prepared for next Easter. (And some Starburst jelly beans. Mmm!)

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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, ahem), but here’s one that was totally new to me: Embroidered Easter eggs.

embroidered 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?

[Via: Svpply]

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Are you ready to celebrate Easter this weekend? Be sure to check out our Charming Yellow and Blue Easter Brunch for delicious food ideas, decadent desserts and festive decor inspiration.

For more photos, inspiration and free downloads, visit the feature here! 

How will you be celebrating Easter this weekend? Tell me in the comments below!

styling/printable designs :: the tomkat studio
photography :: laura winslow photography

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I know we’re rapidly approaching Easter because my Aunt Lisa already emailed to ask who would be attending the holiday at her place. I know some folks have Easter brunch, and while that sounds like fun, Lisa does a fab dinner spread. Usually I’m at a loss for what to contribute — wine? flowers? — because she really does take care of everything, but this year I’m considering bringing this colorful Easter egg platter from Pier 1 Imports.

easter egg plateThe product description suggests using the plate for displaying dyed Easter eggs or serving Deviled Eggs, but I’m thinking this should be a cute dessert platter instead. For the kids, you could include classics like Kinder Surprise and Cadbury Creme Eggs. For grownups? Try sophisticated Vosges eggs in milk and dark chocolate with fillings like peanut butter, caramel and even bacon. (Bacon and chocolate? That sounds like a perfect Easter brunch dessert to me!)

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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, is here to help.

Easter Day DIY Decor Food Ideas

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.

Happy Easter!

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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.

DIY Easter Egg Garland Decor

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?

Hippity Hop, 3 More DIYs After the Jump

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Easter doesn’t get the decorating TLC it deserves. I blame this on its  totally confusing scheduling system. First Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox? How am I supposed to keep track of that?! By the time I check my calendar, I’ve got maybe 10 days to spread Easter cheer all over my house.

Happy Easter Store

This year, there’s no excuse. We’re letting everybody know that the holiday falls on April 24th. How about cutting out some of the decorating work with a gift code from the Happy Easter Store? We’ve got two gift codes you can spend on fun Easter baskets, fresh flowers and tasty goodies for your Easter Sunday celebration. You can send Easter baskets and Easter gifts to loved ones near and far — or just spend it all on yourself.

Answer this week’s question by simply leaving us a comment before 12/11c Monday, April 4, to be entered for a chance to win.

This week’s question: What’s your cuddly Easter ambassador of choice? Yellow chicks or fluffy bunnies? It’s a battle for the ages. 

Click for official rules.

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The Washington Post held its “candy-colored take on pop culture,” aka the fourth annual Peeps diorama contest, and the results are pretty incredible. Whether inspired by the Olympics, presidential happenings or favorite books and movies, the creators of these dioramas use a lot of creativity and a few inventive techniques to make the most of their Peeps.


Michael Chirlin and Veronica Ettle won the contest this year with their "EEP" diorama based on the Pixar movie UP.


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Need to do some last-minute Easter decor shopping? Check out MarketPlace. The MarketPlace team has amassed more than 1 million products of all kinds and packaged them in a kick-butt, user-friendly database. There are several ways to search including by topic, by room, by products featured on HGTV and by holiday – such as this page, featuring everything Easter. This year, I don’t have a lot of time to fuss with decorating, so I’ll focus on one thing – my dining room table.

Just for fun, I put together a few things that would treat my table (and my guests) well during this blessed holiday season. Products expert Mariana Gallegos made the task easier and a lot more fun, because I was able to “shop” among the hundreds of Easter-related items she had gathered and grouped into ”wish lists” such as this one for Easter entertaining. No clicking around. No searching. Easy as Easter pie.

(If you see something you like from my imaginary holiday tablescape below and you want to learn more, click the photo.)


A Lily of the Valley centerpiece. Three of them, in a row down the middle of the table.

A Lily of the Valley centerpiece. Three of them, lined up down the middle of the table – atop an heirloom, white tablecloth.

Rose Leaf Place Mats at every chair.

Bunny and Cabbage display dishes used exactly as Grandin Road has illustrated – as namecard holders for personalized Easter eggs. For evening gatherings, use a tealight instead.

Feather Ducks randomly placed around the centerpiece so that every guest can enjoy one. These are so realistic, it’s as if a family of feathered friends joined the celebration. You can’t get much more festive than that.

*This post was inspired by eTip$ - Everyday Tips for Practical Shoppinga fabulous blog written by Elizabeth Tipton, the MarketPlace shopping expert. I love scrolling through the product pictures and getting e-shopping tips, decorating inspiration and gift ideas at the same time.

Do you decorate for Easter? Have you designed an season-inspired tablescape? Will you shop for some new goodies this year? Have you already bought something egg-cellent? We’d really like to know.

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