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Easter decorations are fun to make and can add so much to your home decor as well as an Easter table. Set a little holiday pop to a foyer, guest bath, den, dining room and kitchen just in time for Easter!
Trio Floral Centerpiece
Go informal with three miniature floral arrangements and add interest and height by using a pedestal cake plate for the middle arrangements.
Simple colored burlap can be wrapped around the vase or if you’re creative, use a square vase and add ribbon handles and decorated to resemble a small purse.
You can simply add a simple single-tied bow if you prefer. Make each arrangement different with a colored burlap. Go with complementary color schemes in pastels such as blue vase and orange flowers, green vase and pink flowers and purple vase with yellow flowers.
Set an Easter Table!
This tablescape is easy to make and provide a lot of interest and color.
- Start with a plain white tablecloth.
- Add a runner, either purchased, made from linen fabric or you may have a special colorful patterned fabric you prefer.
- Add two yellow ribbons down the center leaving enough space between them to sprinkle colorful confetti.
- Or, use a ribbon that is three or more inches wide and either use fabric glue or iron-on seam tape to secure in place.
- Repurpose an old refrigerator egg carton (typically used on the refrigerator door) or spray paint a plastic or cardboard egg carton.
- Use either plastic or ceramic eggs and decorate them to go with your table setting.
- Use some whole eggs and only the half shell for others.
- Fill half shells with potting soil and add a blooming daffodil or day lily.
The rest of your setting is easy, too. You can use your regular dinnerware or you can place a colorful charger underneath a white plate. Fold linen napkins and tie with a ribbon that matches the one you used for the table runner. Set the glassware and silverware at each place setting and you’re ready for an Easter feast!
Add Flowers to Celebrate
You can add pops of color throughout your home to celebrate the Easter magic. This is easy to do with a simple vase or decorative flower pot full of a few or a large bouquet of silk tulips.
- Buy a variety of vases or containers or get crafty and make your own.
- Purchase a few small vases and use flower decals to decorate them
- You may prefer colorful tins to use as containers.
- Remove the lids and place your silk flowers where you want them.
- You may wish to secure the flowers to the bottom of the container with a hot glue gun or florist clay.
- Add some Spanish moss to cover up your work!
Placing Your Floral Creations
There are many places you can set a small floral arrangement like this to give it a festive touch. Try placing one or more in areas, such as:
- Nightstand in your guest room.
- Half bath sink countertop.
- Grouping of three or five on a console table in the foyer or entryway.
- End table or coffee table.
- Make a grouping display of 3, 5 or 7 small arrangements and set on the mantel.
Extra Special Easter with Decorations
These are just a few ideas to get you started thinking about possible Easter decorations you can use about your home. Floral decorations can be used throughout a season or even year round, so your investment may start with Easter, but last beyond summer.
One of the cheapest and most rewarding ways to find home décor solutions is through upcycling. If you aren’t familiar with the term “upcycle” think second life for furniture. This can also include repurposing items.
Three Furniture Upcycle Techniques
You can start with your existing furniture. Is any of it tired looking? Perhaps you have a dining table or pair of nightstands that your aunt donated when you were first setting up your home and you’ve kept them for sentimental reasons as well as necessity.
No furniture? Consider yard/attic sales, flea markets, resale shops and local ads for great furniture finds. Rescue these pieces of furniture and give them a fresh and refurbished look. There are many techniques for revitalizing worn furniture.
If you have a quality piece of furniture that is made from solid wood and not veneers, then it’s a prime candidate for refinishing. You’ll need to strip the old finish off and then apply a new one. There are many types of products available, such as Formby’s Furniture Workshop.
You can either apply a stain and then seal or if you like the natural look simply apply several coats of tung oil, lightly buffing with steel wool in between the coats.
The easiest solution is to keep the current finish and simply add a stencil design. A gold painted stencil will give an aged and classic look to most furniture pieces. You may prefer a stencil, such as the one from Cutting Edge that resembles an inlay pattern. This can be stenciled over an existing finish or you may want to paint the furniture first and then apply a stencil in the color you like best.
There are many techniques for painting furniture. The most popular is to use chalk paint, not to be confused with chalkboard paint. Choose a kit or buy separately. Chalk paint is usually finished with a distressed look that will go with any shabby chic, country, urban or boho décor.
Six Other Upcycling Ideas
There are other pieces of furniture and objects that can be upcycled to use in your home décor. Just look around and think what you could do to revitalize or repurpose an object.
#1 Make a Bench from Dining Chairs
You can upcycle a pair of dining chairs to create a bench. Replace the seats by cutting boards to cover the seats for a bench effect. Paint or stain, add a cushion and you have a great bench for a foyer, mud room or porch.
#2 Shoe Box Storage
Don’t toss shoe boxes in the trash. Cover with wrapping paper or fabric and place on a closet or pantry shelf for colorful storage boxes.
#3 Kitchen Door Message Board
Most kitchens have limited wall space, so use a door for your message board by painting it with chalkboard paint. If you have a paneled door, paint the top panel for messaging. If your door has two or three panels, designate the other two for things like a grocery list, kids’ schedules, family goals and other categories.
#4 Coffee Table Bedroom Bench
If you have a coffee table that you no longer want to use, don’t throw it out. Repurpose it to become a bench at the foot of your bed. Paint the table and add a thick fabric cushion. Now you have a place to sit while putting on your shoes!
#5 Transform Drawers into Shelves
If you have an old nightstand that you no longer want to use, slide out the drawer and save it. Replace the drawer pull with a knob, then paint and stencil the facing panel. Apply a pair of frame hooks to the back and hang on the wall in the bathroom for a deep shelf that’s ideal for makeup, hair dryer or other toiletries.
#6 Headboard Bench
Another great bench upcycling idea is to use an old headboard to create a bench. You can rescue a pair of furniture arms and set of legs or purchase new ones from your local big box hardware store or unfinished wood furniture shop. If you have an existing bench, then simply attach the headboard to the bench. Paint your masterpiece then add a nice cushion and a few throw pillows to complete the look.
It’s All about Perception
When working with upcycling décor ideas it only requires you to change your perception about old furniture pieces. Instead of looking at them as worn out and useless, consider what you could do to transform them into beautiful useful pieces for your home.