Simple Ways to Decorate Your Home for Easter
From a very young age, we learn about Easter in school. We know that it’s about celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, who died for our sins and was reborn from a tomb; on Good Friday, Jesus was crucified by the Romans, and on “resurrection Sunday” was reborn. Many devout Christians still attend a service at their church on Easter Sunday to celebrate the rebirth of the saviour.
But just how did this cornerstone of Christianity become so commercially synonymous with chocolate, eggs and bunnies? Over time, Easter became a celebration in welcoming the new spring season – the word derives from the German “Ēostre”, a Goddess associated with spring, rebirth and fertility.
This is how rabbits and chicks (or eggs) entered the fold, and stuck around as a more modernised symbol of Easter- mostly because the former is well known for it’s reproductive capabilities. Quite why the eggs became chocolate and given as gifts is a little unclear, but we’re certainly not complaining!
Whatever your reasons for celebrating Easter, there are so many ways that you can make it more than just a standard, potentially competitive egg hunt around the back garden. We’ve put together some ideas to go all out (or subtle) in adding some Easter fun to the home with some fun crafts and decorations that won’t break the bank.
Eggshell succulent garden
Small succulent plants have become hugely popular in the home in recent years, due to how easy it is to look after them. They can thrive in dry and dark conditions, which make them perfect residents for more unusual lodgings. We love seeing small shrubbery in hollowed out eggshells, as a centrepiece on a dining table or perched on a windowsill, for an Easter twist on home décor.
Bonus points for keeping them in a cluster in the original egg carton!
Swedish Easter tree (Påskris)
Most modern homes have felt a touch of Scandinavian flair, thanks in part to places like IKEA. But there is a beautiful Swedish Easter trend that looks amazing in any home, no matter the country.
Paskris are reeds or branches that have been decorated with brightly coloured decorations such as baubles and feathers, and sometimes even small decorative chickens. The tradition originated in Germany, but was adopted by Sweden; it is said that the twigs and branches represent the bristles of a broom, and the decorations are the sweepings that get caught up in them after a spring clean.
Whatever the origins of the tradition, there’s no denying it is a wonderful addition the home around this time of year!
The only trouble with fresh flowers is that over the course of a few days, they begin to die and look progressively dreary as they do so. It’s always a shame to lose something which filled you with joy when you initially got them.
One way to overcome this dilemma is to press your favourite flowers while they are fresh so that you can preserve them to look at whenever you like! To do this, all you need to do is simply use two heavy books lined with parchment paper, and put your favourite blooms in between them. Leave undisturbed for around 7-10 days, after which all of the moisture will have left the petals, leaving you with beautiful dried flowers that you can frame to put on your wall.
Whether Christian or not, many people do still choose to have a meal with their loved ones on Easter Sunday. If this applies to you, you might consider adding some festive touches to the dinner table before the family pile in!
There are a few simple, inexpensive ways to do this. For example, white doilies add a playful, delicate touch, and don’t necessarily look out of place anywhere other than granny’s house. Colourful napkins with contrasting ribbon create a beautiful pop of colour to present cutlery in can really spruce up the dinner table, particularly in seasonal pastel shades. We’d also recommend using one of our other ideas to add a centrepiece to the middle of the table also makes for a great finishing touch.
With spring comes an assortment of fresh colours following a dreary and monochromatic winter. There is no better way to add colour to the home than with a vase full of fresh flowers. Tulips in particular are hugely popular around this time of year, because of the variety of bold colours that they come in. They also symbolise belief and love, which makes them a perfect addition to the home during the spring.
When you think of a wreath, your mind likely travels to the one that you had pinned on your front door just a few short months back, possibly teaming with holly, red ribbons and fairy lights. But there are many ways that you can give this hugely popular decoration a spring update!
They are actually really easy to buy ready made if you aren’t feeling crafty, but if you are then break out the paints and some glue! We love twig wreaths that have been adorned with ribbons and colourfully decorated eggs, for a truly personal touch.