If you enjoy spring weather and pastel colors, Easter can be a great time to decorate your home. Easter is an important holiday for Christians, as it represents the day when Christ was said to rise from the dead. Easter also occurs around the beginning of spring. In fact, many of the symbols we associate with Easter are holdovers from earlier pagan societies, who also celebrated the spring with a feast. Decorate your home with colorful eggs, bunnies, baskets and flowers to mark the season.
Eggs have long been associated with Easter, as they are a symbol of fertility and birth. Any Easter decoration scheme wouldn’t be complete without colored eggs. To make long-lasting egg decorations, poke a small hole in both ends of an egg and blow out the contents. The empty shell will be fragile, but can be colored and displayed for weeks. Purchase foil-covered chocolate eggs and intersperse them with the blown eggs for extra visual interest.
Craft stores often carry small chicks in varying colors, made of wire and beads. Their feet are flexible, making the small creatures easy to pose. Perch a few small chicks on top of your bowls of eggs.
Stuffed rabbits add softness and color to any decorating scheme, and young children enjoy seeing them on furniture. Buy rabbits of varying heights and colors, and cluster them on your couches and chairs.
Flowers allow you to bring the springtime into your home. The color and scents they add can transform your home into an Easter paradise. Lilies are often associated with Easter, and one plant can fill your home with a heady perfume. The flowers are said to symbolize purity and life, so they are a perfect choice for Easter. Choose lilies that are well-balanced (so they don’t topple) and that have flowers in various stages of bloom. Keep the flowers out of direct sunlight, and keep them in a room that is about 65 degrees.
Transfer them outside to your garden, once Easter has passed.
If lilies are too strongly scented for you, consider other springtime flowers, such as tulips or crocus. Craft stores often supply a wide variety of synthetic lilies, tulips and daffodils. These are ideal choices for people with allergies, or people who are too busy to care for an indoor plant. Place synthetic flowers in bouquets tied with colorful ribbon. Use dark vases with these flowers, so the plastic stems aren’t visible.
Clustering your decorations into small baskets, covered with ribbon, can allow you to add height and texture to your decorating scheme. Purchase baskets of varying heights and shapes, and fill them with shredded paper. Layer on eggs, chicks, rabbits and dried flowers. Scatter more eggs and chicks in front of your baskets.
Take it Outside
Purchase plastic eggs, ribbon and a strong glue (an epoxy-based glue is best). Tie your ribbon into loops of varying lengths, and glue one loop onto each plastic egg. Hang your eggs on the trees and shrubs in your yard to add bright bursts of color.