Decorate With Homemade Eggs This Easter

Make your own bright holiday-themed centrepieces with the kids this long weekend.

Decorate With Homemade Eggs This Easter

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

Trim the balsa to at least 600mm long, overlap the ends by 20mm and secure with staples.

TIP Use a 100mm wide balsa panel. 

Secure balsa wood with a stapler

Step 2. Wrap the twine

Wind the twine around the balsa basket then tie off the ends and secure with a dab of adhesive.

Cut out a circle of corrugated plastic as a base.

Wrap the twine around the balsa basket then tie off

Step 3. Position the cat grass

Put the grass in the base of the balsa basket, removing each plant from the pot first.

Trim the cat grass using scissors.

Position the cat grass in the balsa wood basket and trim to size
 

Easter Mobile

Dye white eggshells with food colouring, then string them up using twine or ribbon, adding silk flowers and vintage pictures.

 

Easter egg homemade mobile
Hand dyed eggs from a picture frame or box then add silk flowers and pictures Image: Sue Ferris

Step 1. Prepare the eggs

Pierce the egg by using a pin to make a hole in the top to fit the nozzle of a rubber bulb syringe.

Make a larger hole in the base.

Prepare the eggs with a pin

Step 2. Insert the syringe

Plave the syringe into the top hole and squeeze the bulb to blow out the egg.

Rinse the eggshells in a bowl of water then let them dry.

Remove the contents of the egg with a rubber syringe

Step 3. Dip the eggs

Submerge each egg in a solution of 10 drops food colouring in half a cup of tap water with a teaspoon of vinegar.

TIP Make a wire holder for dipping.

Dip the eggs in a solution of 10 drops of food colouring in half a cup of tap water with a teaspoon of vinegar

Step 4. Thread the twine

Insert the twine or ribbon through the holes in the dry eggs and knot the base end.

Secure the eggs to the mobile using tape.

Thread the twine or ribbon through the egg and knot the base end

Jewelled eggs

Make a nest of shredded paper to hold eggshells covered in decorative seed and bugle beads, which can be bought from craft stores.

Make a nest of shredded paper to hold eggshells covered in decorative seed and bugle beads
Decorate eggs with vibrant seed beads for an eye-catching centrepiece for Easter Lunch. Image: Sue Ferris

Step 1. Prepare blown eggs

Apply a clear-drying adhesive to one side using a paintbrush.

TIP Use PVA or a tacky craft glue.

Prepare blown eggs by applying a coat of clear-drying adhesive to one side

Step 2. Dip each egg

Place each egg into a bowl filled with beads and roll it around.

Allow to dry then apply glue and beads to the other side of each egg.

Dip each egg into a bowl filled with beads and roll it around

 

Vote It Up: 
Easy Easter decorations

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