DIY Easter Craft Egg Bouquet

diy-easter-craft-egg-bouquet-6Turn brightly colored plastic eggs into an impressive bouquet with just a few simple steps. This DIY Easter craft can be used as not only an adorable Easter decoration, but also as a creative party favor for kids! Simply fill the plastic eggs with festive treats for a deliciously sweet surprise.

Get the kids in on the Easter craft fun by having them decorate the plastic eggs with festive stickers! Alternatively, they can use permanent markers to decorate these beauties with fancy designs or by simply writing their names.

Supplies for DIY Easter Craft: Easy Egg Bouquet:

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  • Plastic, resealable eggs in a variety of colors
  • Glue dots® or similar adhesive
  • Easter candy for filling
  • Leaves – artificial or cut out of colored paper
  • Wooden skewers
  • Floral Tape

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How to Make a Floral DIY Easter Basket

floral-diy-easter-basket-6Whether you are expecting long-distance guests or simply celebrating with the family, adding touches of Easter colors and symbols is a great way to revitalize your space and add a feeling of excitement to the air. A simple way to add an instant Easter touch is by adding subtle yet festive accent and centerpieces throughout high traffic areas such as hallways, living rooms, and kitchens.

 

Using artificial flowers and a bit of glue, we created a stunning and sweet DIY Easter basket that can be filled with candies, chocolates, or even decorative Easter eggs.

Supplies for Floral DIY Easter Basket:

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  • 1 woven basket
  • Artificial flowers (we used Easter lilies and yellow tweedia flowers)
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun or similar adhesive
  • Floral wire (optional)

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DIY Easter Candy Centerpiece

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Once April hits, stores everywhere get a pastel-packed makeover, with their aisles overflowing with vibrant Easter candy and treats. This year, incorporate those festive sweets into your décor with the help of stunning seasonal flowers!

We took some of our favorite Easter sweets and used them to create wow-worthy Easter centerpieces in under 5 minutes! Add some dimension to your décor by grabbing glass jars and bottles of varying shapes and sizes and filling them with colored candy and a flower or two. Bundle in groups or spread throughout the room for a sweet yet subtle festive touch.

If you’re looking for Easter ideas that you can do as a family, look no further! This easy DIY Easter centerpiece idea is so easy to recreate, the most difficult part will be keeping the kids from eating the ingredients.
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Pressed Flower DIY Easter Eggs

pressed-flower-easter-eggs-2-editBetween munching on delicious chocolate bunnies and prepping the home for family reunions and Easter brunch, come April, decorating Easter eggs has become a yearly tradition in almost every household! From traditional dye kits to unique Easter egg decorating ideas, there are so many fun ways to get creative with this family-friendly activity. Using inspiration from the beautiful spring foliage, we’ve come up with this simple yet stunning Easter egg decorating idea: pressed flower Easter eggs! Once your flowers are pressed, it’s just a few easy steps to turn that rounded white canvas into a floral work of art! Continue reading

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DIY Easter Crafts: How to Make an Easter Floral Arrangement

Welcome Easter with Unique Easter Decorations

Easter is Sunday, April 20th! Make it a truly original celebration with this fun DIY Easter floral arrangement!

DIY Easter Floral Arrangement and Decorations

Materials Needed for DIY Easter Floral Arrangement

*Egg carton (Colorful plastic or styrofoam is preferable)
*6 plastic eggs
*Easter flowers from your local florist. We recommend:
-2 stems of pink miniature carnations
-2 stems of lavender daisy pompoms
-A bushy piece of heather
*Floral greens
*Floral foam cut to the size of 6 holes of the egg carton

Six Easy Steps on How to Create Your DIY Easter Flower Arrangement
1. Cut your floral foam to a little less than the size of six egg holes (half of the egg carton).

2. Nest your floral foam into half of the egg carton.

3. Lightly cover the floral foam with greens.

4. Start adding your florals (carnations or daisy pompoms) to the cut floral foam. The design should be a triangle within a triangle.

5. Finish off with the heather, small buds of the flowers and floral greens for dimension to make the arrangement fuller.

6. Place the 6 plastic eggs in the remaining 6 holes of the egg carton for the finishing Easter touch!

If you liked this article, you may also be interested in some of our other Petal Talk articles from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Expert Jerry Rosalia:
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* How to Make A DIY St. Patrick’s Day Floral Arrangement
* Winter Plant Care Tips: How to Care for Plants in the Cold Weather
* Keeping It Green: How To Keep Plants Alive
* How To Repot A Plant
* How To Arrange Flowers With A Gridded Vase
* Rose Care: How to Save Roses with “Bent Necks”
* Learn more about Jerry Rosalia and his 58+ years of experience in the flower and plant industry!

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The History of Easter Baskets

Bunny With an Easter BasketWhen Easter hops along, kids of all ages look forward to one thing the most: getting a beautiful Easter basket stuffed with Easter eggs, chocolate, candy, toys and more. Today, these little bundles of Easter treats aren’t just a simple tradition; they’ve become an essential part of welcoming spring all across the country. In fact, according to the National Confectioners Association, 80 percent of adults plan on giving their children Easter baskets this year.

You probably already know exactly what your little ones want in their baskets, but do you know how this custom got started? Read on to learn all about the history of Easter baskets, and share it with your kids as they unwrap their springtime goodies!

The First Easter Basket

The Easter basket we know today has a mixed history: Over time, it’s been influenced by folklore and religion. The earliest appearance of the basket has been traced back almost 1,000 years ago.

Since ancient times, spring has been considered the season of new life and fresh beginnings. In 13th-century pre-Christian Germany, people believed in multiple gods and goddesses, including Eostra, the goddess of spring and fertility. Her symbol was the rabbit (back then, the rabbit was known as an emblem of fertility), and legend has it that she carried a basket full of eggs as a sign of life and rebirth. Every spring, baskets of seedlings were brought to her temple as an offering in exchange for healthy crops and a good harvest.

Eventually, the story of Eostra evolved into the German myth of the “Osterhase,” or the “Easter hare”—a white hare that would bring colored eggs to good children on Easter. By the 18th century, German settlers introduced the tradition of the Easter hare to the United States. And just like that, the modern traditions of the Easter basket, Easter eggs and the Easter bunny were born! Continue reading

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How to Throw a Spring Flower Party

how-to-throw-a-garden-party-4The awe-inspiring landscape of spring is certainly a reason to celebrate! Invite friends and neighbors to bask in the beauty of this season by hosting a fresh and fun garden party.

The age old saying “April showers bring May flowers” still holds true, so plan ahead and coordinate with the weather forecast to plan for a day that promises sunshine for a beautiful outdoor event. You may also want to provide a rain date in case of surprise showers.

From the menu to the spring inspired decor, here are some tips and ideas to make your garden party the talk of the season.
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About April Fool’s Day & Friendly Prank Ideas

April 1st, more commonly known as April Fool’s Day, is the one day of the year when it’s perfectly acceptable to play pranks on those around you! The origins of this holiday are not quite certain, with several different theories circulating around. One of the most popular stories dates back to 1582, when France switched to the Gregorian Calendar, changing the official date of New Year’s Day from April 1st to January 1st. The story goes that some refused to change to the new calendar, and were subsequently made fun of, with their friends and neighbors playing pranks on them and calling them “fools”.

Regardless of the true origin of this fun-filled holiday, the tradition continues with pranksters of all ages scheming new ways to shake things up. Here are some easy and family friendly April Fool’s pranks that are sure to stir up some fun! Continue reading

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DIY Flower Napkin Rings

diy-napkin-rings-1Seasoned hostesses know it’s the small details that make the biggest difference. Kick your garden party decorations up a notch with a subtle yet stunning touch with DIY napkin rings! We used fresh white daisies for this project, but you can choose any flower and color to fit your event.

Pair these DIY flower napkin rings with a stunning spring inspired centerpiece like our DIY flower jell-o centerpiece for a beautifully put-together look. Continue reading

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April Birthday Gift Ideas & Facts

April may be known for its showers, but those born in the fourth month make up for the seasonal downpour with their radiant personalities. So when their special day surfaces, show the birthday boy or girl just how much they shine with a thoughtful and impressive gift idea they’ll love. Here are some fun facts about April birthdays, including information about the April birth month and flower to give you a bit of inspiration for choosing the perfect gift.

April Birthday Fun Facts

April Birth Stone: Diamond

birthstone-bottle-necklace-april-89579With the brightest rays of sunshine peeking through the still-bare foliage of April, it comes as no surprise that the April birth stone is none other than the long sought-after diamond. The stone’s name is derived from the Greek word “adamus”, meaning invincible; a fitting name for one of the hardest substances found in the world. While diamonds are most commonly colorless, they can be found in shades from yellow to pink to blue, depending on the impurities of the rock.

Historically, diamonds have been used to aid in strength – from spiritual strength to physical and emotional. During ancient times, people even believed that diamonds were either tears of the gods or made of lightning bolts! Some of the earliest recorded history of the diamond dates back to around 300 BC in India, where it was valued for its reflective properties and used in talismans to ward off evil. During the Middle Ages, people would not only sleep with diamonds to strengthen their health, but would even go as far as to ingest diamonds to cure illnesses!

Shine on, you April diamond!
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