10 no-time, no-money last-minute Easter decorating secrets
I woke up to Easter decorating rather late this year.
You may already have your spring door wreath, complete with succulents and quails’ eggs on your door.
And you may already have your Easter egg ‘tree’, your mantelpiece ablaze with beautiful spring bulbs and an Easter table that Martha Stewart would be proud of.
Or, like me, you may be expecting guests, and they may be expecting Easter decorating. Which, somehow, never made it onto the ‘to-do’ list, in spite of us all being urged to think of Easter as ‘the new Christmas’ in decorating terms.
Here are some super-quick ideas you can do. Most of what you need will come from the garden.
1) Go for bright and light colours
Dig out anything bright or light. Reds, blues, greens and yellows all work well together in spring.
2) Jam jar flowers and weeding the garden
Jam jar flowers are so Easter. If you have jute twine in the tool shed (I have Nutscene in various colours), tie it round the necks. You can also use ribbon, if you have any.
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Then fill the jars with anything that you will probably need to weed out over the next few weeks.
In my garden, that’s lamium, smyrmium perfoliatum and a very hairy borage that has just popped up from nowhere.
And some purple kale has gone to seed creating gorgeous racemes of yellow and purple.
The self-seeded euphorbia could do with thinning out, too, but that’s not a plant to be cut in a hurry. Only cut euphorbia with gloves on, and wash your hands afterwards. You do not want a trip to A&E because you’ve rubbed your eyes with fingers that have been cutting euphorbia.
3) Jam jar 2: make one bunch of flowers go far
You may have time to buy a bunch of flowers. Make them go further by putting separate colours in different jam jars.
4) Or take just a few blooms from the garden
I cut only five tulips for a party to use in the bottles below. That means that I haven’t diminished the display in the garden.
Down in this corner of England, all the daffodils have baked to a crisp in the heatwave. But there are lots of tulips around. You could cut a few branches of blossom, but I pruned mine into the shape I wanted.
Next year, I may try to remember to leave a few surplus branches on the fruit trees to use in flower arranging.
5) Use food dyes to liven up glass bottles
I only had ten minutes to ‘do the flowers’ for a party at our house recently.
Emma Slade, a Buddhist nun, also known by her ‘nun’ name of Ani Pema Deki, was launching her autobiography ‘Set Free’. It’s the story of how she went from a City financier to a Buddhist nun, via a life-changing violent experience.
She has now set up a charity ‘Opening your heart to Bhutan’ to provide equipment for disabled Bhutanese orphans, and the book aims to raise money for the cause.
Back to flowers, however. I got five bottles and used a few drops of food dye in the water.
Do this carefully. Food dye stains if it runs onto surfaces and you only need a few drops.
But it’s very easy and creates a dramatic effect.
A mixed pack of coloured glasses are very useful if you like decorating tables. You’re not tied to a colour theme, and they will add life to a plain table or mix in with a coloured one. I’ve bought some from Amazon in the past.
6) Recycle tins and bottles to re-use as vases
7) Dig up plants from the garden to use in your Easter decorating
Pot plants are great on tables. If you don’t have time to pop out to the garden centre, grab a trowel.
I dug up some muscari, a primrose and a parsley plant. The parsley had self-seeded in the path, so that’s another nice bit of weeding done!
I’ll probably re-plant the primrose.
8) Paint garden pots to use as planters
I use tester pots to paint standard terracotta pots. They dry quickly, and don’t require any expertise. I am famously useless at any kind of craft, so if I can do it, so can you.
Don’t bother with any special preparation unless you are a perfectionist. I just got a paintbrush and painted the pot. It was dry in a couple of hours.
9) Use all the same tricks for your mantelpiece
10) Channel the 1950s and 60s…
Spring is a time of fresh growth and hope. But it’s also nostalgic.
Evoke the Easters of the past by finding something you haven’t used for ages. Wash china, iron tablecloths and give everything a new lease of life by presenting it differently.
My mother used to dye eggs, buy hot cross buns and serve a roast chicken. Before battery hens, roast chicken was a luxury.
However, I must warn you that food dyes will dye your fingers, your worksurface and your sink. But they won’t dye brown eggs very well. Most eggs now seem to be brown.
The egg above was a duck egg, which is paler. Use alot of food dye, and it’s difficult to get even.
A moment after I took this photo, I turned my back. The dog ate the duck egg…
You may notice a lack of chocolate eggs in this post. If you are waking up to Easter decorating on the Easter weekend, Easter eggs will be sold out. Round here they go on sale just after Christmas, but are usually out of stock by the Wednesday before Easter.
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