Dress up your dinner table, gifts and mantel with these four easy DIY Easter decorations. Keep reading for the step by step tutorials!
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Here’s the story of Easter 2020. The quarantine edition. Served with a side of easy DIY Easter decorations that you can try next year… cause… well… Easter’s over. That’s the reality of my life during a pandemic, amiright?!
This Easter was not what anyone was expecting. I mean who expects a pandemic? Due to CoVid-19 we were asked to stay safe in our homes and forgo our usual Easter plans with extended family and friends. It was bittersweet one for us.
This year would have been the first year almost all of the Holzapfel cousins (6 of them, ages 4 and under!) were able to celebrate together. You see, my brother-in-law’s career takes him and his family overseas for the duration of the year and we celebrate every major holiday miles and miles apart. However, this year CoVid-19 cut his season short and they returned back to Canada much earlier than expected.
Initially, when it was looking like we were all going to be able to celebrate Easter together I suggested to Code that we host the Holzapfel crew at the farm. One of my favorite childhood memories is Easter Egg Hunts with my cousins on the farm. Over the years my siblings and I have hunted with both sides of our family. My mom (with the help of my Aunts and Uncles) would put clues inside eggs and hide them all around the farm. The cousin crew would run from clue to clue, the older ones racing to get to the egg first after the clue was read and the youngest just trying to keep up by hitching a ride on Uncle Perry’s shoulders. All while mom followed along with her video camera propped up on her shoulder.
This was a memory I was looking forward to sharing with my kids and their cousins this year. CoVid-19 took that away. It took away our chance at celebrating our first ever Holzapfel Easter together since having kids.
The way I saw it, I had two options. I could be angry or I could make the best of what was. I choose the latter. And, we had an amazing Easter weekend as a family of four.
We kicked the weekend off with an Easter themed movie night on Friday. The following day we enjoyed brunch and Cody planned an awesome outdoor Easter egg hunt for the kids. The Easter bunny made an appearance and we topped our holiday off with a delicious Easter feast, which we decided to get dressed up for since three quarters of us have been living in lounge wear or pajamas for the duration of this pandemic.
This Easter was one for the books. A holiday memory I will cherish forever.
We are very fortunate to live so close to the majority of our family, which means we always spend the holidays celebrating with those we can. CoVid-19 gave us the rare opportunity to spend it as a family of four.
Now don’t get me wrong, I looooooove spending the holidays with my grandparents, parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, significant others, nieces and nephews. But, those holidays often involve many spousal discussions (at times arguments) about who we are celebrating with and when we are celebrating with them, hours on the road, late nights and early mornings prepping, cutting naps short or skipping them all together, multiple last minute trips to the store, pressure to show up a certain way and feeling absolutely drained when it’s all over.
This year was thee most relaxed holiday I’ve experienced since becoming a parent. The only spousal discussion we had was choosing our menu and what day we wanted to enjoy it. There was no driving. There were no late nights or early mornings prepping. As a family, we slowly and happily prepped the decor, egg hunt, gifts and meals throughout the week. There were zero last minute stops at the store. I felt absolutely no pressure to show up as anything except exaclty who I am. And after the celebrating was complete, I was not feeling anywhere near the energy zap that I usually do.
Now before my family sends me hate mail, I best make it clear that we will be happily attending all future holiday family celebrations that we are able to. By no means do I want trade holidays spent with my extended family who I love dearly for holidays spent with my little but loud crew of four.
However, from here on out I will be trying my hardest to recreate the relaxed, casual vibe we experienced this Easter to every holiday going forward. It’s going to take some trial and error, but I’m confident we’ll get there. And, I am forever grateful to CoVid-19 for teaching me that this feeling is possible for a mom during the holidays.
If you’ve made it this far, thank you for hearing me out and for holding space.
If you’re here just for the easy DIY Easter decorations – thanks for stopping by and let’s get to them.
DIY COTTONTAIL EASTER BANNER
Dress up your mantel this Easter with this super cute and super easy DIY Easter banner. And as a bonus, you may already have all the supplies on hand. Perfect for a pandemic.
- Cotton Balls
- Cut out the bunny shapes.
- Glue on cotton balls, as tails.
- Poke holes in the bunny’s ears.
- String and hang.
DIY EASTER TABLE RUNNER
Dress up your table with this simple and inexpensive table runner. This was my first time ever designing and creating a tablescape (I think that’s what they call it?!) and it brought me so much joy. I can see this becoming a ‘thing’.
- Kraft Paper
- Hand-lettering tutorial (optional)
1. Cut your kraft paper to size.
I used kraft wrapping paper. I rolled it out beside my table and cut it the same length as my table. While it was still on the floor, I folded it in half lengthwise. Then I moved it to the top of my table and folded each end to create my desired length and straight edges. Tip: Tape the ends underneath, as well as the lengthwise fold.
2. Hand-letter or draw your desired design.
This was my first time (okay, second because the first time I didn’t measure my paper before I hand-lettered and then when I went to cut it to size I realized I did not have near enough to make a table runner) and I looked at an image online as I drew. If you’re a newbie, like me, there are some great hand-lettering tutorials online. It also helps to have a husband who can draw, he nailed that Easter basket for the kids end of the table!
DIY EASTER EGG PLACE CARDS
Reserve a seat for your guests with this super simple and inexpensive DIY hand-lettered Easter egg place card.
1. Using your marker, hand-letter your guests initial onto the egg. I found these colored plastic eggs at Walmart for dirt cheap. I think they were 98 cents for a dozen. Score!
2. Place the grass inside the cup. And try not to have it stick to everything while you do this 🙂
3. Place the egg on top of the grass.
4. Place at the table setting.
DIY EASTER BUNNY GIFT TAGS
Dress up your Easter gifts with these adorable and super easy Easter bunny gift tags. Make it a family activity by asking your kids to address them and add their own personalizations (that red dot is a heart drawn by Ms Kate).
- Cut out the bunny shapes.
- Address each tag (or have your kids do it!)
- Poke a hole in the bunny’s ear.
- Attach tag to gift using string.
Whew, you made it! That was a long one.
If you enjoyed this post or any of the easy DIY Easter decorations, be sure to pin it for next year 😉
Karen Delahey says
I really enjoyed reading your Easter DIY post. Your family time sounded very relaxing. Your table was decorated and set so beautifully. Very creative. The turkey looked perfectly cooked! The bunny plates are adorable. Where did you find those? Nice that you remember all your childhood Easter egg hunts. It was always a lot of fun to do and I really missed it this year along with not having a big family gathering. Next year! Thanks:)
Thanks mom! Glad you enjoyed it. The bunny plates are from Michaels and were only $2 a piece. I had a lot of fun decorating the table and Cody enjoyed cooking his first turkey!