Unlike Christmas where over-the-top equals festive, in my estimation, less is more when it comes to Easter. When I say less is more, I don't just mean limiting your consumption of jelly beans and chocolate eggs, I mean spending less time and cash decorating for the occasion. Here are my rules for adding subtle touches of Easter decor to your home.
Make your own
You may be surprised to learn that supplies you already own could be the makings for your Easter decor. Last weekend I gathered some of my craft supplies as well as some of my daughter's and laid them out on the kitchen table. The ideas started coming to me immediately. How about covering some on those tack-o plastic eggs with silver leaf? Been there, done that at Halloween when I created some silver leafed gourds and pumpkins. Better yet (and cheaper!) why not paint them with some acrylic paint.
With the help of my daughter we had several eggs painted in short order. (We painted one side, let that dry and then painted the other side using an empty egg carton to hold the eggs while they dried.) The eggs looked fine but a little bling was in order. Out came the famous Martha Stewart glitter, a leftover from our holiday crafting circa 2009. A light brush of glue and a healthy dose of glitter later and our eggs were complete.
My glitzy eggs are now displayed in my favorite piece from my milk glass collection.
If you don't have glitter but want to rid your life of plastic eggs, try this idea from Eddie Ross. Can you guess what the eggs are coated with? Give up? Paper napkins, who knew?!!
Look to nature for decor
A full arrangement of flowering branches makes a beautiful, yet simple centerpiece for your Easter table and can be placed on an entry way table to be enjoyed after Easter.
Very life-like faux stems are readily available at craft stores and are usually on sale at this time of year.
My great room last spring before the walls were painted.
Use what you have
Dig in the back of your cabinets to find any stray glass vases, vessels or apothecary jars you may have and fill them with Easter or spring related items.
Go the unconventional route
On your next visit to the grocery store, pick up an inexpensive bouquet of spring flowers. Once home, create a bouquet using a regular drinking glass as your vase. If you prefer, cut stems short and create a few tiny bouquets to place in juice or shot glasses.
A coordinating ribbon gives a grocery store bouquet a finished look.
Home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowes sell potted spring flowers at reasonable prices. Usually the plants come in a foil wrapped plastic container. To get a display worthy of your home, remove the foil covers from the pots and replace them with a vessel of your choosing. When the flowers wilt you can plant the bulbs in your yard to enjoy again next spring. Two for the price of one.
I know I'll be adding a few more Easter touches around my home before the big day. But you can be sure, I'll be following these self-imposed rules.