Get the kids off the sofa and stuck into some creative Easter decorating ideas
The trees are in bloom, the birds are in song, the bulbs are bursting through and the days are getting longer. After the post Christmas doldrums, it’s fair to say the nation is in eager anticipation of another long bank holiday weekend. Easter is so close you can smell the hot cross buns and simnal cake. It’s a fabulous time of year when we can celebrate the renewal of life and salute the oncoming summer as we say farewell to our winter blues. The Easter weekend is worth celebrating and a great opportunity for creativity – get the kids stuck in with constructive playtime and enthused by Easter treats and decorations. Here are a few ideas…
Tree of life
The time honoured tradition of an Easter tree is an absolute must. Mother of two Caroline Smith of Flohr and Co tells H&G, “This is a tradition I have every year where I put it up at the beginning of March, or there abouts, and the girls help me decorate it. It must be filled with blossom and twigs and be decorated all over.”
Fine Cell Work, a charity working with prisoners to teach them needlework, has some very special Easter decorations that are guaranteed to be handed down the generations.
Above: Caroline’s Easter tree.
Bring out the bunting
Nothing says ‘summer cometh’ quite like bunting. It’s easy to make and now there are numerous retailers selling gorgeous cotton and personalised bunting that can be used year after year. Gingham and floral bunting will add a traditional rural feel whereas multicolours will add a carnival feel and patchwork will lend a more charming bohemian vibe. Not On The High Street is a great place to look.
Bunnies around the house are an absolute winner with the kids. Bunny garland lights will put a smile on everyone’s face.
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No Easter day would ever be complete without all-time choccy favourites mini eggs (and of course the promise of mini eggs work as a great bride to get the kids peeling the veg before lunch).Fill up jars that act as equally as delightful pastel decorations as tempting treats. Another fab idea is to keep old egg boxes, decorate with paint and ribbon and fill with chocolate eggs.
It may seem less obvious than at Christmas time, but more and more Easter wreaths are now available and they make a welcoming impact for visitors. Try this speckled egg wreath (£27.99) from Museum Selection that will cheer and delight.