Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Easter decorations

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you had a nice time with your loved ones!

According to the number of readings and comments, I can conclude that you really liked our Decoupage Easter eggs for children, and I can't tell you how glad I am because of it.

And here's how we decorated our home for Easter:

A garland with paper eggs

This is another super simple activity for children: 

Cut a piece of cardboard in a shape of an egg (we only took four pieces because we wanted a smaller, i.e., shorter garland). Decorate as you wish. We used some advertising flyers, the same as we did with the decoupage eggs or the paper chains. Also, we have again used the homemade white glue, see the previous post for the recipe.

Cut or fold the excess paper (so you get the egg shape) and let it dry:

Use a paper punch to make a hole in each egg and tie it with a nice ribbon and there you go, you have a nice and simple Easter decoration. It is a great activity for small arms to develop fine motor skills:

Easter centerpiece

Here I can't boast with some great creativity, because I just cut off the branches of jasmine and hydrangeas that were broken by this early spring snow and I hung purchased ornaments on these branches.

What I really want to show you how even bare branches can turn out to be a beautiful decoration. I was pretty annoyed this year, when I realized I won't have green, flowering branches for my Easter decoration, as I had in previous years, but it turned out really nice:

Trying to dye Easter eggs with the natural colors

I'm always so angry and disappointed when I buy Easter egg colors and eggs turn out to be very pale, and the worst of all - the colors pass through the egg shell and paint the edible part of the egg. I must admit that it really does not look appealing for eating, no matter how much these colors were claimed to be "edible".

So this year I have read a lot about natural colors for dyeing eggs and decided to paint them with chard, blueberries and black tea (mainly because I already had these ingredients). Look here for other natural ingredients which can also be used for egg dyeing.

Frankly, my result was again disappointing because chard did not dye at all, blueberries somewhat weak, while black tea was only a partial success:

Last minute rescue were the store-bought films that we just put on the egg and soak it in hot water and it was done. A little bit kitschy, I know, but still better than pale colored eggs.

I assume that the mistake was that I left the eggs in the dye solution only for an hour, and according to these tips, you need to leave them in the fridge overnight. A useful experience for next year.

And how did you decorate your home for Easter?

Serenity youFeeding Big


  1. Ahh! Saw this post a little too late. Such cute ideas. I'll have to remember for next year!

    1. Next year I'll do better with natural colors, I promise :)

  2. Oh my gosh...when using natural dyes, you have to leave them overnight?! I had no idea. It seems like a neat idea, but I don't think it would be nearly as much fun(that could be my need for instant gratification talking).
    Thanks so much for linking up at the Real Family Fun link party! Hope to see you next week.

    1. I had no idea as well, as you can see from my unsuccessful photos...


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