A late Easter, like we’re having this year, to me, is the unofficial start of the growing season here in up-state New York. With the late Easter, no matter how cold or snowy the past Winter has been, I seem to have snowdrops, winter aconite, crocus, hellebore, daffodils and hyacinth that have set buds and are starting to bloom. This blog post shows the decorations that I’ve put up to celebrate the Easter holiday and to herald Spring. The cover photos for this post show the two Easter egg
trees bushes that I’ve put out on the front lawn to hopefully catch the eyes of people as they drive up and down my road. To me, the bright colors of the plastic eggs are a welcome sight, set against the still gray tones of the landscape they are in. (Hanging eggs on a tree or bush is really easy, to read how to do it look my post Make an Easter Egg Tree, Celebrate Spring). (click on photos to enlarge).
The above photo shows two cement bunnies that greet visitor as they approach my front door. The bunnies were bought in California, while on a family road trip in 1970, and I carried them back home on my lap. The bunnies were originally white with touches of black and red, but over the years the paint chipped off, so I recolored them to what you see here.
Daffodil wreaths, that I’ve decorated myself, adorn the two doors on the front of my house. Making the wreaths were a snap. I took a piece of florist wire and attached it to the back of a grape wine wreath to form a hanger. After that I snipped individual stems off of inexpensive bunches of silk daffodils that I picked up at the Christmas Tree Shop and A C Moore. I bent the heads of the daffodil to form a kind of “L” so they would face forward on the wreath and just inserted the stems into the grape vine wreath and that was it; no wire or hot glue was needed.
Now we’re inside looking at how I decorated the fireplace. Last year I made the garland of Easter Eggs, which was an easy project (for instructions on how to making it read my post How to Make an Easter Egg Garland). The bunny pulling the Easter basket was my first Easter basket, given to me by my father’s sister Jo, 61 years ago. The tin rabbit and chick flanking it were found this year at my local Rite Aid Pharmacy, I love how the old and new work nicely together. More plastic eggs, the happy yellow silk daffodils, and one of my paintings adds a bit of Spring time to that side of the room.
Easter egg trees are not just for outdoors. In the space between my living room and dining room I have a large floor vase and that vase became the container for yet another tree.
To fill in the bottom of the vase I first stacked, one on top of the other, two plastic pots that shrubs or rose bushes would come in. That was then followed by bunches of crumpled newspapers and finally I topped all that off with some crumpled black trash bags. I then placed many stems of silk flowers, on an angle, around the lip of the floor vase, and then added even more working toward the center of the pot. After that I added the white branches, which are part of my Christmas decorations, and finally added the eggs, just like I would do when decorating a tree outside.
Easter decorations don’t have to be expensive or extravagant. On an end table in the living room, I filled a Chinese dish with eggs. To cut the business of the bowl’s pattern, I first lined it with a paper napkin that has lilies printed on it. I then followed that by placing the two ceramic chicks (a gift from my Mother) and then arranged plastic eggs around them, How easy is that!.
Silk daffodils are a reoccurring flower used in my Easter decorating. On yet another end table, a vase that I made in college was first filled with a large plastic boxwood globe and more individual stems of daffodils were placed around it. On the counter, by my front door, as seen in the background, is a ceramic basket filled with plastic eggs.
Now we’re in the dining room, where a chair in the corner holds a collection of stuffed rabbits. The big one was from my father, he bought one for both me and my sister, and the smaller ones came from Easter craft fairs at the church.
A ceramic rabbit, (yet another gift from my mother) is nesting in a large Chinese bowl on the dining room table. Notice the two plastic boxwood spheres on the metal urns. I inserted Easter egg picks into them, that I bought last year after Easter, and they instantaneously became fanciful topiary.
On opposite corners of the dining room, vases that I made in college are filled with more silk Spring flowers. By repeating the daffodils, as even part of the arrangements used throughout the house, they form a continuity from one display to the other.
On the dining room buffet is a glass dome that I’ve filled with eggs. (read my post It’s really Easy to fill a Glass Dome with Easter Eggs, Christmas Decorations, etc if you want to know how to do that).
The final stop on my little tour is in the kitchen where a collection of Easter decorations, given, inherited and collected have been display on the windowsill above the sink.
I hope this post has in some way inspired you, and I want to wish all of my readers a Happy Easter, a Happy Passover and a Happy Spring!