Table centres of decorated eggs are the traditional Easter decoration. Incorporate them with the smaller springor use larger plants as trees to hang them from to make a beautiful for Easter.
Boiled eggs in soft spring colours are a wonderful way to start Easter Day. Boil them in the usual way but add a few drops of food colouring to the water. Cook one or two in each colour (you can hard-boil some eggs for eating later if you want).
If you are using eggs for decoration only they will need to be blown first. To do this make a small hole in each end of the egg with a sewing needle. Enlarge one hole, prick the yoke through it and then blow into the smaller hole so that the contents slip out of the larger hole at the opposite end. Rinse out the eggshell with water.
You can paint blown eggs with water colours, poster paints or emulsion. Use small children’s transfers for decoration or hand paint designs over the first colour when dry. If you want a shiny finish, protect with varnish. Leftover lengths of braid, ribbon, stick-on stars and other shapes can be glued on the eggs to create effective decorations.
Show decorated eggs off in a small basket or make a nest from straw to display them. Use chicken wire to form a nest shape and then weave straw in and out of the holes until the wire is completely hidden. Use these eggs as the centre for a springtime scene by surrounding them with small springsuch as Primroses or . Put these plants in a large, low-sided basket lined with polythene. The plants can then be positioned in the basket in their and surrounded with damp peat. Cover the peat and plant with moss and lay the nest of eggs on this. You might want to include tiny fluffy toy chicks in the scene.
- Egg shells, decorated or undecorated can also be used as containers for Easter ideas
- Use egg shells to hold tiny posies of spring and display with a couple of identical small green plants, Club Moss, Mind-your-ownBusiness, small or a Bonsai.
- Speckle eggs by using a tiny natural sponge to dab on a second colour or splatter a second colour over the first by tapping the paintbrush shaft or just flick (protect surroundings from paint splatters).
- Make miniature baskets from a dough of flour, salt and water. After baking paint and varnish, then use as containers for sweets or chocolate Easter eggs. Add to a plant group.
For this you can use the shell from a boiled breakfast egg if you remove the ‘top’ carefully. To hold in an upright, display in an egg cup, a decorated egg box or any other tiny . If a in the right size is unattractive, it can be hidden with ribbon, kitchen foil or a decorative cake paper.
Making an Easter Tree
Use a large plant as an Easter tree on which you can hang decorated eggs. Glue two lengths of narrow ribbon or braid to the top of each egg then tie on to a branch with a small bow.
The cross is the symbol of Easter so make one to form the centre of an arrangement. Use two pieces of driftwood or garden canes cut down to a suitable size. Place the two pieces in the form of a cross and lash them together with twine. Add the cross to a bowl ofor use with two or three Easter Lilies.
Spring flowering plants for a display
- Grape Hyacinth
- African Violets Wax Chinese Easter Tree plants Indoor Lime
- False Aralia Silk Oak
- Weeping Fig West Indian Holly Umbrella Plant