Last Minute Easter Decor

If you’re anything like me, you wait until the last minute to decorate for holidays or parties. I love the decor I see in stores, but I tend to take inspiration from what I see and then make my own version at home. This is usually much more cost-effective, and I get to stock up on craft supplies… win-win!

Below you’ll find some quick and easy ideas for Easter decor this year. Each project took me no more than 30 minutes and I had many of the supplies already. I went on a little bit of a shopping spree last week during Easter sales at Michaels, Joann’s and Target for the main components but things like paint and glue were already in my craft arsenal.

Project #1: Easter Napkin Rings

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Supplies needed:

  • Cardboard rings
  • Hot glue
  • Ribbon of your choice
  • Scissors
  • Marker/pen for measuring

Start by choosing your ribbon, ensuring that it is the same width of your cardboard rings. (You can find these for purchase at craft stores, or cut up a paper towel/wrapping paper tube. The sturdier the cardboard, the better.) Measure a piece of ribbon around the cardboard ring and make a template to cut your other ribbons.

Using hot glue, secure the ribbon around the ring and glue in small sections as you go. For the burlap ribbon I used, it was wider, so I cut it in half and from the scraps, made some bunny ears, which I glued on the inside front of the ring.

Project #2: Paper Mache Painted Eggs

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Supplies needed:

  • Paper mache eggs (I purchased mine from Joann’s)
  • Acrylic paint (Michael’s)
  • Paint brushes

These are really simple. I found a bag of small paper mache eggs on sale at Joann’s and though they would be a cute part of a centerpiece, or gathered in a little basket on a front entry table.

I chose some spring-colored acrylic paint and painted each egg. You will get messy, as the eggs roll around and can be hard to hold, so be sure to work in a craft-friendly space. After the paint dried, I painted polka dots on a few eggs. They look adorable in a paper berry basket with some Easter grass, which would be a great addition to a table-scape at dinner.

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Project #3: Easter Card Display

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Supplies needed:

  • Wooden paint stirrer
  • Acrylic paint in your color of choice
  • Paint brush
  • Hot glue gun, with glue
  • Spring clothespins, or plain clothespins
  • Wall mounting tape, like Command strips

Start by painting your wooden paint stirrer, which are free at most home supply stores. After the paint has dried, space out your clothespins on the paint stirrer. We found these adorable spring clothespins in a pack of 3, for $1 at Target’s Dollar Spot. Hot glue the clothespins onto the paint stirrer and allow to dry.

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Once the hot glue has dried, secure the wall mounting tape on the back of the paint stirrer. I placed the wall mounting strips behind the two clothespins on the end to hide them. Once they are on the back of the paint stirrer, place on the wall and wait for it to set.

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Instead of using it to display Easter cards, you could also use it to display an Easter countdown. This project translates well to any holiday or for making a countdown to a birthday or big event. Since it is on the wall with removable wall mounting, you can take it down whenever you’d like to switch your decor.

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Project #4: Easter Egg Garland

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Since I live in a small space, garlands are my go-to holiday decor as they only take up wall space and can be hung and removed quickly. Check out the Target Dollar Spot spring garland I posted earlier this spring.

Supplies needed:

  • Plastic easter eggs
  • Twine or ribbon to hang
  • Scissors

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You will need to punch some holes in the top of your Easter eggs if they are not already there. You can do this by gently tapping an awl with a hammer through the top of the eggs. I did not have to do this, as my eggs came with holes.. so if you attempt the holes, let me know how it works out!

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Simply strand the eggs in your desired pattern with your yarn or twine. Once you have reached the length of garland you want, cut, tie and hang it!

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*Bonus: Gold Leaf Eggs*

I am seeing a lot of really beautiful gold leaf items in home decor lately and love the way it looks, but I don’t love the high price tag. So I decided to invest in a small container of gold leaf paint and experiment.

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I purchased a small container with a coupon at Joann’s and will be experimenting with it on different mediums. I thought this extra large paper mache egg would be a good surface, so I painted the egg pink and let it dry. Using just a small amount of gold leaf paint and a soft bristle brush, I lightly painted the gold leaf onto the surface and let it dry. Another great item to add to your table-scape or centerpiece for Easter.

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Trash to… Bar Table!

I love flea markets and antique hunting. Taking something someone believes to be trash and then breathing new life into the piece is so much fun. We “rescued” this bright orange tool table from the curb a few years ago and repurposed it into a bar, which is now in my apartment and one of my favorite flips ever.

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The metal table was most likely in someone’s garage and used to hold tools and was a surface to do small projects. The wood top and paperboard shelves were stained from use but the good bones of the table lay in the sturdy metal frame. We took some of the screws and washers out to remove the shelving but left the rest to spray paint all at once. We cleaned the frame and sanded it down to be sure the spray paint would cover the original orange paint.

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We chose a matte black spray paint for the bar, which translates well into its industrial design. We covered the exposed wood top and got to spraying. We followed up with a second coat of paint and loved the finished look. Spray paint is one DIY project that always looks so easy on TV but can be difficult to master due to weather, humidity and space issues. Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area and cover as much of your spraying area as possible.

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After ensuring there were no drips of paint and that all the orange paint was covered, we waited about a day for it to dry. We re-assembled the table and painted any screws we had missed. We found some old maps and decoupaged them onto the paper board shelves to give the table an interesting visual element; I love the way it turned out! It would be fun to use old fabric or book pages too, depending on what the table’s use is.

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We finished by varnishing the table top with two light coats of a wood varnish after we sanded out stains. I like that a piece looks like it has some age to it and has stories to tell, so I didn’t mind that some stains did not come out. We set up our bar table with some fun bar tools, like drink pourers and mixers, mostly found at estate sales.

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This piece was a labor of love and lots of fun to work on from start to finish. It is a great conversation piece and everyone always love to hear more about it. It is the only bar I know of made out of a tool table and it barely cost anything to make, as we had most of the supplies we needed. So, the next time you see something on the curb, it could just be your next treasure to transform!

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*I wrote this post a few years ago on a different blog but wanted to share it here with some updates.