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.┬áHot 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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