A Passion for Purple at Easter!

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For my front door area,  I was eager to reuse my black footed planters (to create a similar look to last years) for Easter (https://seasonalhome.wordpress.com/2011/03/28/3759/).  But of course… it had to be a brand new look AND on a budget (translation – make it myself!)  I also had a definite passion for purple this year and here’s my inspiration…. PURPLE PEEPS!

Before I could create the entire look, I first had to create a duplicate of my inspiration – the Marshmallow PEEP Bunny.

Using a 50% off coupon, I purchased a sheet of (apx.) 2″ x 12″ x 36″ white styrofoam, drew and cut a PEEP shape and used one of the discarded pieces (as a file) to create nice, clean edges on the finished product.

  Next, I painted my PEEP shape with a styrofoam-friendly brand of spray paint (Design Master) in lavender and then while damp, sprinkled it with a light coating of iridescent glitter for a sugary look.  I also painted a bamboo wood dowel that I had cut in half and once that was dry, I inserted both pieces into the bottom of my PEEP shape, to create a stand.  Chocolate brown (my name – not the manufacturer’s – but I thought that might be more helpful) acrylic paint and a small paint brush helped me create the face.  Don’t they have the cutest faces?!!  Couldn’t you picture several smaller versions of these in your front yard (maybe in different colors?)

    

Ok, back to the project (lol)…. I spray painted one of my footed, black planters white, and even reused a styrofoam circle (note the hole made by last year’s pvc).  Then, I placed & gently pushed my PEEP’s bamboo legs into the styrofoam circle to secure it in the planter, slipped a purple-themed spring wreath over his head and added extra flowers to camouflage the styrofoam.

I added a bow to my bunny and placed my large, purple yard eggs and several other decorations around to bring my purple PEEP passion together, including using one of my outdoor greenery plants.  And I love the mossy, jumping bunnies I found at Pier 1 this year.  See what you think…

 

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Don’t forget to check out my entire EASTER category for even MORE creative ideas and stay tuned because I’ll be revisiting this craft in Easter 2013 in a fun & fabulous way…

Happy Easter!

Eileen

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A “SPRINGY” Easter Yard!








HAPPY EASTER!

Easter Centerpiece

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Are you searching for a unique centerpiece idea for Easter?  Start with a little imagination and a fun little figurine from your own box of seasonal goodies!  And don’t hesitate to choose one of your favorites because this idea won’t damage it.

Begin with a basket (or any other handled container) as the base for your design.   I was lucky enough to find  the one I used in my design (below) at my local Home Goods store (www.Home Goods.com for store locations) – it’s an adorable, egg-shaped basket  – perfect for a centerpiece.

Next, choose your favorite Easter figurine (from your own decorations or in a store).  When deciding, consider what the artist has the figurine busy doing.  I had 2 of the same figurine (“Gathering Treats” from the Charming Tails collectible figurine line by creative artist Dean Griff)… a little mouse carrying an armload of jelly beans… so I decided that these figurines sparked my imagination enough to create a story scene around them.

Squashville is the imaginary town the artist of these figurines created for his collection

In a dollar store, I found a small bag of glittered jelly bean ornaments, which sparked the idea that these sweet little mice could be in the process of sugaring their jelly beans to create their own sparkly Easter tree!  I purchased a small cone-shaped piece of styrofoam to add the jelly bean ornaments to and glued them on the cone base.

But, before I could put the rest of the scene together in my centerpiece, I had to fill the bottom of the container.  I added a larger piece of styrofoam, trimmed to fit inside my container and level with the bottom of the opening.  I covered the top of the styrofoam with a piece of artificial turf (from your local DIY store) before I placed it inside the bottom portion of my egg container, trimming it with tiny flowers using a low melt glue gun.

To complete the scene, I needed to create a method for sugaring the jelly beans and help tell my scene story.  I found a fashion doll lamp accessory in a dollar store and pulled off the base, which I also flowered using a glue gun, after attaching it to a spirally straw that I trimmed (most of the spiral, except 1 short curve).  Inside the base of the lamp, I added another small piece of sytrofoam and inserted clear bristles from an inexpensive hairbrush I also purchased at a dollar tree.  I added a tiny piece of floral vine to unify the lamp base & straw as one.  Then, I sprayed the whole piece with spray glue & sprinkled irridescent glitter on it.  Once I placed it into the styrofoam base (through a little slit I cut in the green turf), I had created a sugar shower these adorable figurines could  bring their jelly beans to for a generous sparkling!

For finishing touches, I added a few of the sparkled jelly beans to a tiny wheelbarrow I hand painted (available at most craft stores). Then, I made a double-sided sign (on my computer, using clip art and a tiny font), which I printed on heavy card stock, cut-out and hung inside the top portion of the basket (from tiny chains, rescued from a cheap key chain) to create more detail in my scene.  Finally, I also added some color-coordinated silk flowers (low melt hot-glued) to the top of the container and my scene was complete.   This took apx. 1 hour to make and was a big hit and the following year, it served another purpose because I donated it to a deserving, non-profit organization for their Spring fund raiser.  I’m sure your creation will make an adorable centerpiece for your Easter gathering too!

Be sure to check out my other Easter Centerpiece and decorating ideas under the “EASTER” Category.

The completed centerpiece!




Versatile Table Centerpieces for Spring and Easter

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This display idea can be used as a organic-style decoration on your dinner, buffet or coffee table at Easter. The squares of faux green grass are available at many craft stores (from 4”- 12” square) and range in price from $5-$14.

This fun green grass creates so much versatility for your Spring & Easter decorating! As you can see in the photo, I have loaded up 3 clay pots with the green stuff as a low centerpiece (low to create ease of conversation across the table.)
DIRECTIONS: If your container choice is deep (as in the clay pots pictured on the right), first fill them with green styrofoam blocks (cut to fit) to use up the excess depth. Place a 4” faux grass square in the center of the pot. Fill in any spots, where you can still see the green foam, with individual pieces of the faux grass, pulled from a spare square of grass. You can also add ribbon around the lip of each clay pot or even paint them. For a final decorative touch, tuck in flowers & Robin’s eggs throughout the grass.
BONUS IDEAS: position the pots on top of large faux leaves, usually available @ craft or floral supply stores, for an extra touch. Other faux grass container options: clay pot saucers, baskets, (handyman) rectangular aluminum mud pans (found in D.I.Y. stores) or planters of any shape or size.  If you want to add the faux chocolate bunnies into your design, they are easy to find at www.LillianVernon.com.
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