I don’t normally get in to Easter decorations – especially as hubby & I don’t have children. For me it is usually more a time for spending with extended family where we all get together as we always have for as long as I can remember, usually on Good Friday. Although Mum has passed away, she is with all in happy thoughts and memories – but that leaves Dad, sisters, brother in law and now the next generation of grown up nieces and nephews with their children.
However, I thought I would make a little effort this year and make my own simple and inexpensive decorations. Paper mache items of all sorts are available in most craft stores. I happened to come across a couple of bunnies that were crying out for some colour and attention. They were actually marked down too half price as they said they were water damaged – I couldn’t see anything wrong with them and they were going to be covered up anyway. Plus there was an extra discount for all Easter stock – so they cost me just over $1.00 each (I love a bargain – if I screw up what I’m doing then there is little money wasted). They look a little boring to start with but it’s amazing how easy it is to make them come to life.
I started off with the easiest way to decorate it – painting. A couple of coats of paint, a coat of gloss and a pretty ribbon, and there is an amazing transformation. I’ve put step by step instructions for this easy bunny here. There are so many pretty and colourful craft ribbons out there so experiment a little until you find just the right one. Looking at my pics on my instructions, you’ll see how I’ve tried different ribbons until I found my favourite.
Ok, so one bunny down and one more to go. I had some very pretty Japanese papers that I’ve been looking for the right project to use on so thought I would try my hand at some decoupage.
Well, I had never decoupaged a paper mache figure before so it was a learning process, but it has turned out pretty well. What do you think? I’ve put step by step instructions here so you can also have a go. It’s really very easy and the results are very colourful and cheerful.
I’ve got some other easy ideas for Easter decorating, using the bunnies, some decorated eggs plus a few other bits and pieces. Once I started thinking about Easter decorations, all these simple ideas started popping into my head. They’ll be in another post soon. If you have a go at this sort of project, I’d love to see your pics. Get creating everyone!!