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DIY Easter decorations

With the weather warming and Spring approaching, this is the perfect time to have a go at making your own Easter decorations rather than ordering them in. Discover more arts and crafts inspo on Ocado.com and explore our different homemade decorations below:

Easter Egg Trees

There are a few steps to this Easter decoration, but it’s a really eye-catching addition to your festivities.

What you’ll need 

  • Eggs, in their box
  • A safety pin/sharp pin
  • A toothpick
  • A straw
  • A jug
  • A handful of red onion skins, chopped red cabbage or raw beetroot, or 1 tbsp turmeric or paprika
  • Utensils: saucepan, sieve, a bowl, slotted spoon
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • Lidded glass jars
  • Kitchen paper
  • A large needle
  • Thin ribbon
  • Your dyed eggs
  • A small branch or bunch of twigs

Instructions 

  1. Holding an egg steady in the box, gently and carefully pierce a small hole in the top with your pin. Insert the toothpick and swirl it about to break up the yolk inside.
  2. Turn the egg upside down and make a slightly bigger hole at the opposite end. Insert the toothpick and break up the yolk even further. 
  3. Hold the egg over the bowl with the bigger hole facing downwards. Use the straw to blow into the top hole, forcing the liquid egg out.
  4. When all the liquid has been removed, rinse the egg and pat it dry with kitchen paper.
  5. Put your chosen vegetable or spice into a saucepan along with 500ml of water, boil and simmer for 30 mins.
  6. Remove from the heat and cool fully. Strain into a jug, add the vinegar, then pour into jars.
  7. Gently submerge the eggs in the jars of dye and put the lids on to stop them from bobbing up.
  8. The longer the eggs stay immersed, the deeper the colour becomes (1 hr gives a pale wash of colour; leaving them overnight creates a deeper, more intense hue).
  9. When you’re happy with the colour, remove carefully onto kitchen paper with a slotted spoon. Be careful not to handle them until they’re cool and dry.
  10. You can ‘double dip’ with colours too: try putting a turmeric-yellow egg into the cabbage dye to make it green – just wait for the first colour to dry fully first.
  11. Thread the needle with ribbon through the holes in each egg. Tie a knot at the bottom, cut the top end, leaving enough ribbon to tie to the twig to create your tree.

Easter Wreath

Save your paper egg cartons and give them a new life as a chic centerpiece.

What you’ll need 

  • 3 to 4 leftover egg boxes, cut in half 
  • 300ml of PVA glue
  • Coloured card or foam
  • Egg cups
  • White paint and brushes
  • Flowers, sweets, chocolate, pom poms and pipe cleaners to decorate

Instructions 

  1. Begin by cutting your base from the card. Draw a circle with a 16-inch diameter. Inside the circle, draw one about two inches smaller – the board will mostly be covered so it doesn’t need to be too neat. Cut out the ring.
  2. Paint the egg cartons in white, or any other colour you’d like. You’ll need a few coats to get a vivid, even colour. Leave to dry.
  3. Cut different-sized leaves out of green card and felt. Put a generous amount of PVA glue all over the card ring and stick the leaves on in small clusters so they’re hanging over the outer and inner edges.
  4. While the glue is still wet, stick on the egg cartons until the ring is full. Leave to dry overnight.
  5. Squirt glue into the centre of each egg carton and glue some of the egg cups into the spaces. Stick pom poms into the centre of the egg cups to give them a flowery effect.
  6. If you’re using the wreath as a centrepiece, fill the remaining egg cups with sweets or chocolates.
  7. Or, if you’re planning to hang up your wreath, add a length of ribbon to the card base for hanging.

Easter Bunny Mason Jars

These silhouette jars are quick and simple to make. You can use our bunny template to create a lovely silhouette that gives your jar a colourful finish. Fill with chocolate eggs or sweets and pop a sweet bow on it for the perfect table decoration or Easter treat.

What you’ll need 

  • Paint 
  • Ribbon
  • Sweets

Instructions

  1. Create your stencil by drawing a bunny no bigger than the height of your mason jar on a piece of paper. Or, use our downloadable bunny template, linked at the bottom of this post.
  2. Using double-sided tape, stick the stencil down on the outside of the mason jar.
  3. Paint the mason jar around the stencil and leave to dry.
  4. Remove the stencil carefully and fill up the mason jar with chocolate eggs or sweets. Finish by tying a ribbon around the lid.

Easter Bunny Napkins

Perfect the finishing touches of your Easter lunch with these cute additions to your table.

What you’ll need 

  • 1 napkin or serviette 
  • 1 egg per napkin
  • 1 6 inch length of string
  • 1 piece of string, approx. 6-inches
  • colouring or marker pens

Instructions

  1. First, fold a napkin in half to make a triangle. Then roll into a long strip and fold in half again. 
  2. Thread the string around the napkin to secure, making sure you leave enough space for the egg. Place the egg into the napkin below where the string is tied
  3. Draw some eyes, nose and whiskers on the egg as to finish the bunny napkin.

Easter bunny bunting

Pop this bunny bunting up around your dinner table for Easter lunch or in the garden (if the weather’s nice enough) for your Easter egg hunt. 

What you’ll need 

  • Card (any colour)
  • String 
  • Wool
  • Scissors 
  • A hole punch 
  • Glue or double-sided tape

Instructions

  1. Print out our bunny template, linked at the bottom of this post, and cut out ten bunnies from your card. 
  2. Use your hole punch to pierce two holes into the ears for the string to go through. Alternatively, use double-sided tape at the back of your bunny’s ears. 
  3. To create your bunny tails, wrap the wool around the outside of a four-pronged fork approximately 40 times. If you want your tails to be thicker, wrap it 50 or 60 times.
  4. Cut an eight-inch piece of wool and tie the top and bottom together in the middle prong. Knot it as tightly as you can.
  5. Make a small cut on each side of the wool and fluff. Use your glue to attach the pom poms to the bunnies.
  6. Cut a length of string for your garland, as long as you like. Then, thread it through the holes you made earlier, or use double-sided tape to attach it to the back of their ears.

Need something yummy to go with your decorations? Check out our Easter baking recipes.

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