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Catch spring fever with our quick and easy Easter decorations for your home. We have an array of fun Easter decor ideas you'll love to try, including centerpieces, artwork, and beautiful bouquets. Each of our ideas feature bright colors, pretty flowers, or other spring embellishments, making them the perfect choice for your Easter decorating.
Use adorable Easter bunny stickers to amp up your everyday family photos for a cute and creative decoration. Simply stick bunny ears and mouths on the glass front of your favorite pics. For a little extra Easter fun, tell the kids that the Easter Bunny did it!
Editor’s Tip: If stickers don’t come in the right sizes, use construction paper and tape to make your family all-ears.
Set out our creative egg and chick project for a fun Easter decoration. To make, start by gluing together two yellow pom-poms for the chick. Add a face using felt and fabric paint. Insert the chick into a prestretched balloon; blow up to desired size. Knot the balloon and spray with cooking spray. Coat string with white glue; wrap colored string around balloon, adding crisscrossing strands as you go (make sure gaps are no larger than the chick). Let string dry; pop balloon and remove it.
Make yourself a too-cute Easter centerpiece for just pennies that kids and adults will adore. Simply cut out Easter egg shapes from construction paper, and decorate using ribbon, markers, and stickers. Hang the eggs from a collection of pussy willow branches held in a vase or bucket.
Our Easter-worthy decoration is a remarkably simple way to amp your home up for the holiday -- even the kids can get involved in making the craft! Simply cut egg shapes out of paper, decorate with paint (let dry standing up for a cool, dripping look), and attach along a string to hang.
Learn how to whip up an adorable pastel-colored table runner for Easter -- no sewing required! We use inexpensive fusible interfacing to hold the craft together instead.
Wish your guests a "Happy Easter" with our easy-to-make paper banner. We stamped letters and designs on squares of off-white cardstock, then poked holes in their top corners. Weave the garland through pink tulle to welcome Easter into your home.
Place a rubber band around a votive holder and tuck in a bright marguerite daisy, then place in a small dish with water. March a line of these down the center of a table or place one at each setting for a fresh Easter decoration.
Amp up your Easter basket with an adorable pastel-color garland. All it takes are some fabric scraps and jute string -- watch to learn how!
Hop into Easter decorating with these oh-so-easy framed bunnies. All you need is 6-inch-square window boxes, fabric, scrapbook paper, and our bunny pattern (available below). Trace the pattern onto various colors of paper; cut out. Use adhesive to secure cutouts to 6-inch squares of patterned fabric, and set the fabric squares in each window box.
Set up your Easter mantel display with a fun pastel garland made from fabric strips. A mix of ribbon, fringe, and fabric are tied to a single ribbon to make the garland; add small plastic Easter eggs hanging from fishing wire to finish the decoration.
Adorn a pot of spring flowers with these oh-so-adorable birds made from recycled egg cartons and plastic eggs. Paint single egg-carton cups and wooden dowels with bright colors; let dry. Glue each dowel to the back of an eggcup, then glue a plastic egg into each one. Add a matching feather to the back of each bird, and paint a corner of the eggcup gold or yellow to give your bird a beak.
Faux spring branches and homemade pom-poms crafted from yarn are the perfect Easter accent for a side table or a mantel. Dress up a mason jar with ribbon, fill with small pebbles or birdseed, and stick in branches. Learn how to make your own yarn pom-poms with our step-by-step tutorial, available below.
Dress up plain wooden eggs with colorful felt hats and ears with this adorable Easter decorating project. First, secure a white wooden egg to the bottom of an eggcup with a dab of glue; let dry. Draw two eyes on the front of the egg, and paint facial features onto the cup. Get our pattern for the hat and ears, available below, and cut out. Trace the half circle onto a piece of colored felt and the ears onto a piece of white felt; cut out. Fold the hat in half, and glue the flat edges together; let dry. Flip right side out and fold up 1/2 inch to form a brim. Glue the white felt ears to the inside of the brim.
Simple embroidery patterns make this colorful Easter egg decoration a breeze. Get our patterns, available below, and print out. Put a 12-inch-square piece of thin white fabric over the pattern, and use a pencil to lightly transfer the design. Center the fabric on the inner embroidery hoop, and secure the outer hoop over it. Trim the excess fabric with scissors and hot-glue to the inside of the inner hoop.
Now you're ready to stitch your egg design! Stitch the border of the egg first, and follow with the egg details (this is so you can tie each end to border). When you're finished stitching, tie a bow on top of the hoop to conceal the screw and hang.
For festive and fun Easter decor, display blown-out quail eggs (available online) in an arrangement of shadow boxes or display frames. Start with springy pastel construction paper, and adhere a few eggs for an adorable holiday decoration you won't want to take down.
Gather a bouquet of flowers -- real or silk -- into an umbrella for a door display full of country charm. Tie a ribbon around the umbrella to hold the bouquet in place, and add a few dyed, blown-out eggshells for extra Easter fun.
Editor's Tip: If using real flowers, create a simple vase with water in a plastic resealable bag. Secure at the base of the flower stem with a rubber band.
Hot-glue several pink flowers onto branches for a fresh Easter look. This is a great, long-lasting alternative to a floral spring arrangement -- or a complementary piece!
Editor's Tip: To secure the vase -- and to make it more festive -- fill with glass pebbles, decorated eggs, or Easter candy (just don't plan on eating it!).
Use a paper shredder to make an Easter basket centerpiece. To create a paper nest, shred long sheets of kraft paper or holiday wrapping scraps, and staple each end together. Add a length of floral wire, hold one end of the strips in each hand, and twist and wrap it into a nest. Clip a few strands with scissors for a loosely woven look. If needed, add a dab of glue to keep the strands in place. Lay real or faux eggs inside to finish the Easter decoration.
Turn a simple postcard into seasonally sweet artwork. Look for vintage Easter postcards at flea markets or find reproductions at bookstores. Adhere them to decorative paper, then frame. Attach a ribbon or string of beads to hang with style.
Give the window curtains a little springtime sprucing by replacing curtain hooks with colorful ribbons. Be sure to tie the loops loosely enough to allow for easy sliding.
Inside or out, this tree signals that spring is in the air. Use twine to hang paper butterflies on branches -- these are made from note cards, but you can also cut butterfly shapes out of cardstock. For dimension, outline edges of the cards with acrylic crafts paint. Insert branches into foam in a garden container. Silk flowers glued to some branches and moss topping the container finish the look.
Celebrate Easter and spring simultaneously with this pretty table topper. Simply purchase a faux bird's nest online or at a crafts store (or build your own), and fill it with plastic eggs for a quick centerpiece.
Form a flowerlike favor by nesting a mini paper baking cup inside a standard-size one. Perch both on an eggcup and fill with an Easter treat. For a place card, prop a tag between the liners.
Carrots and lettuce leaves arranged around the inside of the wide vases create a unique look. Keep the vegetables propped up by placing a smaller vase inside the larger one and laying the vegetables in between. Wrap string around the vases for a homespun accent. Place a decorative bird or bunny nearby to give the display an Easter touch.