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Use a paper shredder to make an Easter basket centerpiece. To create a paper nest, shred long sheets of craft 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.
With this diminutive woodland display on your brunch table, you might feel a little like Alice in Wonderland. Combined with miniature daisies, fanciful papier-mache toadstools from a crafts store decorate a bed of moss on a footed cake plate. Use a thin layer of floral foam under the moss to hold the flowers and mushrooms in place.
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 egg shells 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.
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.
These Brussels sprouts-covered topiaries began as 15-inch foam cones potted in a pair of footed soup tureens. Fill each tureen with foam, then pin or hot-glue a cone onto each foam base. Use long T-shape pins to attach Brussels sprouts to the foam cones, beginning at the bottom and pinning the sprouts as close together as possible. Fill in any open areas with sphagnum moss and tuck, glue, or pin more moss around the base of each cone. The topiaries will last, unrefrigerated, from several days to a week, and they're sure to add Easter charm to any mantel, staircase, or table.
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!
Red tulips and white roses are awe-inspiring inside a stacked cup and kettle. Using two different colors adds interest, while the matching green dishes keep the display cohesive.
Carrots and lettuce 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.
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