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


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


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.


Project #3: Easter Card Display


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.


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.


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.


Project #4: Easter Egg Garland


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


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!


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!


*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.


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.






Easy Easter Crafts for Kids


When it comes to crafts, the more, the merrier! This was the idea when I worked on some Easter-themed projects with my nieces as we welcome spring. These ideas are a great springboard for other spring/Easter crafts and are easily adaptable to all ages.


We found these oversized foam eggs at A.C. Moore for $1 apiece and the girls loved them. Younger kids can color them with washable markers for less mess, but we dove in with our smocks and paint. The paint is acrylic and was also purchased for a few dollars at A.C. Moore. (They often have great coupons available, so be sure to use them on your bigger ticket items like paint or paint brushes.)


Next, we tackled “Q-tip painting” on some paper eggs we cut out with our Cricut cutting machine. We cut egg shapes out of pink and purple scrapbook paper and used Q-tips to decorate the eggs with paint.


After they dry, they can be used as a simple garland by hole punching the eggs and stringing with twine, or they would make adorable Easter place cards. This is a great craft for younger children as they like painting with a smaller item.


Finally, we made our own Easter egg potato stamp! Again, this one is great for older and younger kids and the stamps can be designed any way you like. An adult should cut a raw potato in half and cut out a design in each half of the potato. Once the design is cut, dry the “stamp” part off with a paper towel and apply paint. There should be a nice, even layer of paint and assist the child, as needed, with stamping the potato down firmly. We chose to make some greeting cards with our potato stamps to send for Easter. (Our craft paper cards were purchased at Michaels.) You could try using fabric paint and make some festive cloth napkins or tea towels.


Keep it simple, keep it fun! The girls were occupied with these crafts for about 45 minutes and loved getting “messy.” It helps kids work on fine motor skills and you have some adorable decor for years to come. Win-win!

Freezer Paper Onesies


Everyone loves a new baby. My sister recently welcomed her third child into the world and I was so excited, but at a bit of a loss for an appropriate gift. Don’t get me wrong, I love a cute stuffed animal, a new book or a nursery item but with two big sisters, the newest little one didn’t NEED much. Then it struck me: I will make a gift, of course.

I loved the idea of making some art for her room but wasn’t feeling totally inspired. I had seen some posts online on how to create your own onesie and that seemed like a great project. But why stop at one? I decided I would buy a few packs of white onesies and decorate them with cute designs.


Items needed:

Start by pre-washing your onesies, as directed. Be sure they are dry before beginning with any paint.


We used a Cricut machine and cartridges to cut our designs out of the freezer paper. We went with very simple images, such as a bunny, an ice pop, a crown, to ensure a bold image and less detail to paint. Put the paper shiny side down on the mat and cut! If you are freehanding, use an x-acto knife on a cutting mat or you can print images and trace them onto freezer paper, then cut.

Insert a piece of cardboard into the onesie, to ensure your paint doesn’t bleed through to the back of the onesie. Iron your stencil onto the onesie with the shiny side down. Be careful to ensure a good seal around all edges, so no paint leaks through the edge of your stencil.


Once your stencil is ironed on, you are ready to paint! I used Tulip Soft Matte fabric paint, which comes in a lot of great colors. Dab the paint on gently with a foam stencil brush. You may need a second coat, depending on the color paint you are using or the color of your onesie.


To be on the safe side, I allowed my onesies to dry for a few hours before peeling the stencil off. For some of the details on my designs, like the center of the flower and the polka dots on the seahorse, I used a clean pencil eraser.


That’s it! It’s a simple project that has a big impact and allows you to be really creative and give a personal gift. This would be fun to make custom birthday t-shirts for kids, or bachelorette party t-shirts… endless possibilities.