12 Astonishingly Easy Easter Decoration Ideas

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Don’t shell out this Easter. Use these low-cost and quick ideas, to get your home and  party ready instead.
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1. Speckled Eggs

Make your standard eggs look more exotic by spattering paint over them. All you need is an old toothbrush (actually, a newer one with more spring in its bristles would work better) and a pot of paint. Go with a water-based paint so you can clean up any mess easily.
 
Egg-cellent advice: Try glitter paints for an eye-catching result.
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2. Carrot Cutlery

Green cutlery, orange napkins. There’s only one thing for it: carrot cutlery bundles. With some clever folding – so that the base of the bundle resembles a carrot’s point – you can lay the table with what looks like fresh spring vegetables and wait for Bugs Bunny to turn up. Take a look at this simple how to guide on how to make your own. 
 
Egg-cellent advice: Use coloured pipe cleaners to fasten the napkins closed, and even shape them into bunnies for an extra Easter touch.  
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3. Pop Napkins

Pick up some plain white napkins, or even thick paper serviettes, and pick some bright, spring-like colours. Next, dip the rubber tip of a pencil into the paint and liberally dot it around the napkin. Result? A dash of colour that instantly brightens up any place setting. Follow this great guide on how to create your own. 
 
Egg-cellent advice: Just focus on two or three colours on each napkin. Any more and they’ll start to lose impact.
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4. Umbrella Bouquet

Grab a colourful brolly, fill it with soil and – hey presto! – you’ve got an Easter-themed plant holder ready for the first daffodils of the year to hang from your front door. Why’s it Easter-themed? Well, have you ever known April to stay dry?
 
Egg-cellent advice: Use a plastic umbrella if you can. It’ll be a more robust plant holder on your door. 
Simply but effective, use carrots instead of flowers
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5. Vegetable Vases

So easy, yet this will be a great table centrepiece for your Easter Sunday roast. Simply line a clear glass vase with carrots and spring greens. Top and tail the carrots to get a uniform length, and then stand them against the wall of the vase.
 
Egg-cellent advice: You could add rabbit-shaped confectionary to the mix, perhaps as a base. If you can bear to part with all that chocolate, that is.
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6. Egg Trees

Take a handful of empty eggshells, knot one end of a length of twine or packing string and pass it through a small hole punched into one end of the eggshell. Then, hang the eggs from a plant of your choice. Multicoloured eggs would work well here, but as long as the shells are intact, the effect will look great even if they stay plain.
 
Egg-cellent advice: Use a pin to create a small hole in each end of the egg, and then carefully blow out the egg itself using a syringe or small balloon pump. 
Coffee filter papers make perfect egg nests
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7. Crinkled Egg Nests

Take some coffee filter papers and carefully crinkle them up, placing about five in a stack. Next, gently stuff the base of the filter stack into a shallow paper cup. Glue a U-shaped length of floral wire into place as a handle, and you have a miniature basket perfect for holding chocolate mini-eggs.
 
Egg-cellent advice: Use food colouring to dye your coffee filter papers bright colours. 
Create some fun marble effect eggs using nail varnish
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8. Marbled Eggs

Grab a deep mixing bowl, fill with water and drip splodges of nail varnish into the bowl, one on top of the other, to create a layered rainbow effect. Take a toothpick and pull it through the rings of colour to mix them up. Next, take your eggs and dip them carefully into the bowl, when you pull them out they should be coated in a fun marble effect.

Egg-cellent advice: Tie some string around your egg so you don't get messy when dipping them in.
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9. Easter Egg Tea Lights

Take some dyed eggshells and remove the tops. Take a pan of freshly melted candle wax and carefully pour into the eggshells, placing some lengths of string as wicks into the pool of wax. Obviously, this is one to take particular care with if you want to involve the kids. littleinspiration.com has got the details right here. 
 
Egg-cellent advice: Egg cups make perfect tea light holders. 
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10. Secret Message Easter Eggs

All you need here is a simple child’s stamp set. Again, on your pre-dyed eggs, carefully roll a stamp bearing the message of your choice over an egg and set to one side to dry. Here's a great how to guide to check out. 
 
Egg-cellent advice: How about adding some Easter egg hunt clues to a series of eggs and hiding them around the house and garden for little ones to discover?
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11. Dip Dyed Eggs

Half-fill some old mugs with food dyes or paint of varying hue, and pop your eggshells in. They should only be half-dyed, leaving you with a nice, sharp demarcation line.     
 
Egg-cellent advice: Use natural colouring such as beetroot juice as a fun, safe alternative with young helpers.
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12. Easter Egg Surprise

Last but not least, this is a more intricate project, but one that will be incredibly satisfying to pull off. The idea here is to take your eggshells, hide treats within them and then put them back together again. The full details on how to make your own can be found on notmartha.org.
 
Egg-cellent advice: If you’re feeling particularly patient, you could insert smaller eggs inside carefully deconstructed, larger ones to create a Russian doll effect.
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