Make your own bright holiday-themed centrepieces with the kids this long weekend.
Make a simple egg basket filled with cat grass and cut flowers as a table centrepiece for Easter lunch. Image: Sue Ferris
Bunnies, baby chicks, egg hunts and parades are all hallmarks of a traditional Easter. With more outdoor activities than most holidays, this is the time of year for garden-inspired decorations.
To give your home an Easter theme all you need is a carton of eggs and a few bits and pieces from the pantry and craft aisle of the hardware store.
Blow out raw eggs and decorate with water-based paints or food dye. Wrap them in twine and nestle them in a basket of cat grass and flowers as a centrepiece for your Easter table.
Make an egg mobile to hang up indoors or out and create nests of bright, beaded eggs as decorations.
TIP For a longer-lasting centrepiece, use artificial grass and flowers.
Egg basket centrepiece
Make a basket from 1mm thick balsa, add a base of 3mm corrugated plastic then decorate it with twine and fill it with real grass for a living table decoration.
TIP Balsa is a light, flexible wood from hardware and hobby stores that is used for craft.
Step 1. Cut the balsa
TIP Use a 100mm wide balsa panel.
Step 2. Wrap the twine
Cut out a circle of corrugated plastic as a base.
Step 3. Position the cat grass
Trim the cat grass using scissors.
Dye white eggshells with food colouring, then string them up using twine or ribbon, adding silk flowers and vintage pictures.
Hand dyed eggs from a picture frame or box then add silk flowers and pictures Image: Sue Ferris
Step 1. Prepare the eggs
Make a larger hole in the base.
Step 2. Insert the syringe
Rinse the eggshells in a bowl of water then let them dry.
Step 3. Dip the eggs
TIP Make a wire holder for dipping.
Step 4. Thread the twine
Secure the eggs to the mobile using tape.
Decorate eggs with vibrant seed beads for an eye-catching centrepiece for Easter Lunch. Image: Sue Ferris
Step 1. Prepare blown eggs
TIP Use PVA or a tacky craft glue.
Step 2. Dip each egg
Allow to dry then apply glue and beads to the other side of each egg.