How to Celebrate a Rustic Easter
Easter is what’s known as a “movable feast,” in that – unlike holidays such as Christmas – it doesn’t fall on the same date every year.
Christian churches celebrate Easter on the first Sunday following the full moon after March 21, which means the holiday could fall anywhere between March 22 and April 25. (This year, it’s March 27).
But no matter when Easter happens, its arrival indicates that spring has arrived. Here are a few ways to make sure your home matches the season.
1. Make an Easter tree
In Germany, they call it the Ostereierbaum, or Easter egg tree. This can be a pretty big production in some parts of Germany. The Rostock Zoo, for example, decorated an oak tree with more than 79,000 eggs in 2007.
You don’t need to do anything so elaborate to decorate your home for Easter. All you’ll need is some jellybeans, an ice bucket (or vase) a hot glue gun, and branches (pussy willow, magnolia, forsythia or cherry blossoms will work).
Start by filling the bucket with some floral foam, and then insert your branches. You can also use a vase filled with water and pebbles.
Then, use your glue gun to stick the jelly beans to the tips of the branches. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can use blown-out, dyed Easter eggs, tying them to each branch with thread or ribbon.
2. Make some speckled eggs
Egg dying is a tradition in many cultures, a practice associated with Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, as well as Christian Easter celebrations.
It’s easy to find egg dyeing kits in supermarkets this time of year, and while they’re always fun, we’d like to suggest a few slight twists.
Tea stained eggs – You make these eggs by adding two tea bags to a glass of hot water, and allowing them to steep. Once that’s done, lower the egg into the water until it reaches the desired color, and then remove it and let it dry.
Shades of blue – Create “robin’s egg” colored-eggs by mixing one drop of blue food coloring with a drop of green food coloring in a glass of water. Feel free to add more green or blue to adjust the final color.
Once these eggs have dried, create speckles on them using a toothbrush and some brown craft paint. Just dip the brush into the paint and lightly dab around the egg.
3. Center of attention
There are countless Easter centerpiece ideas online, many of them based around decorating with eggs or flowers. So we’ve chosen one from Good Housekeeping that combines both flowers and eggs.
Start with a wire basket, “reminiscent of the kind used to gather eggs in henhouses,” as GH puts it. Inside the basket, put a vase filled with spring flowers. Then, surround the vase with two dozen hardboiled (or blown out) undyed eggs.
Even if you don’t decorate for Easter, this is still a good time to think about readying your décor for warmer months:
Hang a Wreath – Start at your front door with a wreath. As we’ve pointed out before, wreaths are a great way to announce the start of a new season, and we carry a number of wreaths that you can use to mark spring’s arrival.
Choose brighter colors – With winter’s chill behind us, you may want to consider trading your heavier, darker curtains for something lighter and more airy. Be sure to do the same with your shower curtains and tablecloths and table runners, focusing on “brighter” and “lighter.”
Outdoor pillows – Temperatures are getting warmer, which means you’ll be bringing furniture outside. A few colorful country pillows offer a simple way to brighten up the benches and chairs you keep outdoors. Look for fabrics that can withstand a few months outside, and are designed to resist water.
We hope this guide has given you some new ideas for preparing your home for the Easter season. Happy Easter, and happy spring!