Today I’m sharing my favorite cottage style Easter decorating ideas and Spring DIYs with you. In the Springtime I love adding pretty and natural decor to my home.
For this month’s Thrifty Style Team we all have great decorating ideas and DIYs for our readers! Every month a group of my blogging friends organized by Julie of Redhead Can Decorate come together to share thrifty and budget-friendly decorating ideas with you.
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DIY Spring & Easter Decorating Ideas
1. Easter Egg Napkin Holders
This is a quick and easy DIY idea for your Easter table this year. What I did was grab my air-dry clay and roll it out with my rolling pin to about 1/4 inch in thickness. Next, I arranged a few small dried flowers on the clay and rolled over it again with the rolling pin.
Then I took small Easter egg cookie cutters and cut out the shapes and used a drinking straw to poke a hole near the top edge.
The clay needs about a day to dry completely.
Once the clay was dry I used a piece of thin jute twine to secure the clay eggs to a set of water hyacinth napkin rings. An alternative idea would be to simply string a pretty ribbon through the eggs and tie it right onto your napkins.
2. Natural Egg Wreath
One of my favorite projects to make would be wreaths…I have wreaths for every season on the blog! My latest wreath was influenced by a few Scandinavian Pinterest accounts I have been following. They create the most beautiful Spring decorations using fresh flowers and things brought in from nature.
I made this wreath by first taking apart an old grapevine wreath and bending the pieces into a teardrop/egg shape. Filled it in with fresh pussy willow stems then added preserved moss, hollow quail eggs, guinea feathers, and a few dried flower sprigs.
3. DIY Spring Bird Nest
Those little bird’s nests can cost close to $10 each in the home decor stores! Did you know how easy it is to make your own to scatter throughout your Spring and Easter decor?? Soooo easy!!
All you need is a bag of Spanish moss from Dollar Tree and a can of spray adhesive to make a basic nest…then you can embellish it with moss and either real or faux mini eggs.
Wear gloves…this is sticky business!!
Grab a clump of Spanish moss and squirt it with the spray adhesive. Then use your fingers to form a circle shape while forming a dent in the center.
Give another squirt of the spray adhesive and add moss and a few eggs and that’s it!!
4. Speckled Eggs
I came up with this idea after I couldn’t find any speckled eggs to use in my Spring decorating last year. I had to be crafty and think of a way to make them myself.
After finding a decent price for a bag of fake eggs (they looked like real eggs!) I spray painted them with chalk paint.
Do it in a box with sides because the pressure from the spray paint was enough to make them roll around everywhere.
Once the spray paint was dry it was time to add the speckles. I did this using dark brown craft paint and a toothbrush.
All you have to do is dip the tip of a toothbrush into the paint and then using a plastic knife dray the brush over it…going away from you…don’t pull the brush towards you or you will be speckled too!!
5. Live Easter Centerpiece
Instead of a bouquet of flowers on your Easter table why not make a centerpiece using fresh Spring plants and bulbs??
You will need a large bowl, I’m using a footed bowl.
Then grab a few different Spring flowers. For mine, I used a couple of hyacinth bulbs from Trader Joe’s, bright pink primrose, and white pansies.
I added a handful of small stones at the bottom for drainage and a layer of potting mix.
Next, I added the flowers and bulbs.
To cover the dirt I added preserved moss (I dampened it first to retain moisture in the planter).
A ring of grapevine garland, a few short pussy willow branches, and a little bunny finished off this pretty cottage-style centerpiece.
6. Cement Bunnies
Do you have any cutesy bunny figurines in your decorating stash? Nothing against cutesy anything…I don’t want any mean messages here (I’ve actually had mean comments on Pinterest from these…)
What I did was grab my container of joint compound (this is different than spackling compound) and coat the bunnies with it.
Once the joint compound was completely dried I painted it with a melange of cement-colored paints.
The “cement” bunnies fit in better with my cottage-styled home.
7. Moss Ball Topiaries
Not only can you use these to decorate in the Spring but they will fit in perfectly all year round in a cottage-style home.
This was a 2 step project: the “aged” pots and then the topiaries. For the pots, I used small terra cotta planters and coated them with joint compound and paint.
For the topiary, I wrapped pieces of grapevine garland around premade moss balls. I am telling you to grab a grapevine garland to have in your craft supplies,…it’s so useful for adding that extra touch to so many projects.
The sticks for the topiary are from the crab apple tree in my front yard.
Thrifty Style Team
Now please check out all the fabulous ideas the rest of the Thrifty Style Team has for you this month!!
- Redhead Can Decorate – Thrift Store Milk Glass Flower Tower
- Our Crafty Mom – DIY Wooden Carrots
- DIY Beautify – 5 Must Make Spring and Easter DIYs
- 2 Bees In A Pod – Wicker Bottle Centerpiece
- The How To Home – Bead Garland Tag DIY
- Postcards From The Ridge – Free Antique Ginger Jar Printable Art
- Lora B. Create & Ponder – DIY Hutch Makeover Tips (with Vintage Style)
- The Tattered Pew – Scripture Eggs
- Cottage On Bunker Hill –7 Pretty Cottage Style Easter Decorating Ideas
- Amy Sadler Designs – Chinoiserie Lantern
- Songbird – Easy DIY Wood Bead Bunnies Easter Decor
- My Family Thyme – How to Decoupage a Pretty Planter
- I Should Be Mopping The Floor– 11 Used For A Vintage Creamer Pitcher
Jennifer – you have shared fabulous ideas for Easter and spring. We especially love the air dry clay eggs – so cute and creative!
Awww thanks, ladies!!
Jennifer– these are all such sweet ideas! I’m definitely filing away the joint compound on terra cotta pots for later…I LOVE that look. Thanks for the wonderful Easter inspiration. xoxo, kristi
Jenn… you could seriously have your own Easter decorating line!!! Your work is truly amazing.
Julie, thank you so much!!
Jennifer I love the eggs. You shared amazing ideas.
Pinned Happy Easter
Thanks so much, Cindy!!
I love all your creative DIY projects! Each one has such an organic, natural style; so pretty!
Jennifer, I love all of your creative ideas! They are all so beautiful. Your centerpiece is perfect for Spring and those napkin holders are so pretty! Happy Spring, my friend!
These are all such wonderful ideas for spring decorating. I love the little birds’ nest and the speckled eggs. And your flower arrangement is so pretty! Pinned!
Thanks so much Angie!
Jennifer you have quite the collection of beautiful Spring DIYs! I loved them all but your wreath is my absolute favorite! So unique!
Thanks, Kelly!!! I’m obsessed with the little quail eggs!!
I’m loving all these great Easter ideas, Jennifer. I am sharing them on Saltwater Sounds this Friday.
You are the best!! Thanks!!
So many lovely ideas, Jennifer! While I love them all those cement bunnies are quite the amazing transformation.
Thanks, Mary Beth!!
I always love your creative ideas my friend! Your cottage style centerpiece is amazing, and I love those DIY clay napkin rings 💜
I’ve never worked with air dry clay until this year and it’s so much fun!