My Easter Decorating Woes….

Now, I’m sure really why the easter bunny delivers eggs. And where did the whole easter bunny thing come from anyway??

Anyway…. I feel like just throwing my hands up with my decorating for this holiday… Everything turned out halfway. In the world of the cup half full, that’s great. In the world of the cup half empty, it got frustrating. With these projects I seem to be teetering right there in the middle of the cup! 

I’ve never really decorated much for Easter, or really many holidays other than Christmas. But having a kid around makes decorating for holidays so much fun.

Project 1- I’m sure everyone’s seen these eggshell flowerpots from Martha Stewart.

The Half Full Part- We put our spin on it with dying the egg shells before we planted some cute little flowers. My son was loving dying the eggs and then planting the flowers.

The Half Empty Part- Well, most of ours turned out like this…

Project 3- Another Martha idea… Silk dyed easter Eggs.

The Half Full Part- I got a few silk ties from Goodwill and off we started on another project. It was fun, but…. Most of them turned out, but not quite as perfect as they would for Martha…. We were excited though. My son loved unwrapping them after they boiled!

The Half Empty Part- Of course my son picked his favorite to be the red tie. Which although it said silk, must not have been since those eggs didn’t get dyed. And of course, those were the ones we unwrapped first. Luckily the other ones worked and it wasn’t a complete disappointment!

Project 3- If you’ve read other posts, you probably already know I am a spray paint lovin’ kind of gal! And if you’ve read any of my other posts, you already know that I also love to upcycle and recycle anything I can. Yes, I love to buy new, too, but I really try to find things used first and make them exactly what I want.

That was a long introduction for my third Easter project I have to tell you about. Spray painted bunnies….

Here they are before.

Starting with the Half Empty Part-  And after…. From a distance they look nice, right.

Well, let’s take a closer look! Lesson Learned- When the spray paint says to sand glossy surfaces, they mean, sand glossy surfaces….

The Half Full Part- The ones that weren’t glossy turned out pretty cute!

All in all our table decoration turned out quite nice and probably a better size than I had originally planned…. I think it’s perfect despite our ups and downs of decorating.

So I’ve shared my blunders and my successes. Have you had any funny decorating mishaps that have turned out to just the right design? I’d love to hear!

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Comments

  1. beautiful! especially like the silk tie eggs! i wonder if owen will care to do such things…

  2. I think it turned out lovely. I didn’t do much for Easter this year.

  3. salmo albatal says:

    so nice !!!!!!!!!!! happy easter

  4. I must be living under a rock, because I’ve never seen the egg flower pots — and they are absolutely adorable!

    Thanks for the inspiration.

    🙂

  5. Very pretty! Your table is beautiful. I wish I had such decorating prowess 🙂

  6. Way to turn a potentially half-empty crafting experience into a full-to-overflowing blog post! I read a blog called Twist365 that features the author’s DIY mishaps every Tuesday (she calls it “Lollipop Tuesday”). It’s hilarious and a great reminder that ‘handmade’ doesn’t always mean ‘beautiful’! Congrats on being FP’ed!

  7. I have my own issues with easter eggs and bunnies, but looking at your pictures I have to say that you did great. I really liked the eggshell flowerpots.

  8. Love all things Easter! Been a rabbit collector for years and love your painting project. The silk tie eggs are a great idea.

  9. That’s the spirit 😉

  10. I think your table looks adorable! Good job!

  11. You’ve inspired me, I must decorate eggs tonight!

  12. Eva McCane says:

    i must say, I’m not big into the bunny and pastel decor, so this year I boycotted decorating for easter. having said that, i’m nearly 30 and would be devastated if my parents didn’t invite me over for a mini egg hunt.

  13. Oi…I just don’t understand why people decorate for holidays. It’s just stuff you have to put away and store for a whole year! Although, I am a fan of dying easter eggs. But this year I think I’ll pass.

    I think your items turned out quite nicely.

    Crystal

  14. wow you are wayyyy ahead of me. I am just now taking down my Christmas lights.

    Blessings,

    Ava
    xox

    • lwackerman says:

      Too Funny! Honestly, we had a Christmas tree on our front porch until just a few weeks ago. We had taken down the lights, but the tree was still there!

  15. lwackerman says:

    Thanks everyone for the wonderful comments!!

  16. These are just too cute! The only thing I’ve ever crafted on Easter were Ukrainian Easter Eggs.. such a nice project but it requires a lot of colour dyes and fire.

  17. beckyspringer says:

    I love Easter!! I was considering trying the silk-dying this year but now I think I’m going to go the flower-pot route. Thanks for the inspiration! Keep the creativity flowing :).

  18. I love Easter bunnies and they remind me about my childhood
    Thanks for sharing

  19. Beautiful work !

  20. Anytime I do a craft there are problems and mistakes. In the end, those are the ones I like the most.

  21. TheBlackTwig says:

    These are really cute!!!

  22. Love your not gloassy bunnies!! I JUST bought about 12 ties at goodwill today for the kids to try this “tie dye” experiment. I am gonig to blog our when we finish…I hope they turn out for us!

  23. How old is your son? I’m sure he doesn’t mind the imperfections! While it’s nice to have things turn out perfectly, let’s remember that Ms. Stewart has a big staff and they probably do those projects many times to get the perfect, and to be able to photograph several perfect eggs they probably reject a whole lot more that turn out not so perfect!

    Your table-top looks good and the most important part — that you and your son did projects together — is what you both will remember fondly years later.

    Some fun Easter facts from Wikipedia:

    The precise origin of the ancient custom of coloring eggs is not known, although evidently the blooming of many flowers in spring coincides with the use of the fertility symbol of eggs—and eggs boiled with some flowers change their color, bringing the spring into the homes. Many Christians of the Eastern Orthodox Church to this day typically dye their Easter eggs red, the color of blood, in recognition of the blood of the sacrificed Christ (and, of the renewal of life in springtime). Some also use the color green, in honor of the new foliage emerging after the long dead time of winter.

    German Protestants wanted to retain the Catholic custom of eating colored eggs for Easter, but did not want to introduce their children to the Catholic rite of fasting. Eggs were forbidden to Catholics during the fast of Lent, which was the reason for the abundance of eggs at Easter time.

    Bringing Easter eggs seems to have its origins in Alsace and the Upper Rhineland, both then in the Holy Roman Empire, and southwestern Germany, where the practice was first recorded in a German publication in the 1500s (early 16th century). The first edible Easter Eggs were made in Germany during the early 19th century and were made of pastry and sugar.

    The Easter Bunny was introduced to the United States by the German settlers who arrived in the Pennsylvania Dutch country during the 18th century. The arrival of the Osterhase was considered one of “childhood’s greatest pleasures”, similar to the arrival of Kris Kringle on Christmas Eve.

    According to the tradition, children would build brightly colored nests, often out of caps and bonnets, in secluded areas of their homes. The “Oster Hawse” would, if the children had been good, lay brightly colored eggs in the nest. As the tradition spread, the nest has become the manufactured, modern Easter basket, and the placing of the nest in a secluded area has become the tradition of hiding baskets.

  24. The bunnies are adorable! And who’s going to look that close, anyway?

  25. I love the colour combination! It maches perfectly togehter ^^

  26. Love your eggs! We grew grass in eggshells this year and my daughter smashed a few of them to smithereens in the process – just for fun! Good thing I made extra 🙂

  27. Wow! This just inspired me for my Saturday get together with my friends. My five year old son and I will have to get on this! LOL

  28. wow. That’s awsome. They really look great. Awww I can’t wait to decorate eggs and have easter with my daughter!

  29. Sweetrivers says:

    Wow it looks like it ended up being a success after all. It turned out beautifully. Great job and cool idea’s.

  30. I love your crafts! The garden in egg shells is awesome. I may have to do the same. Congrats on being freshly pressed!

  31. nice job! i remember when i was in elementary school i would love painting eggs and decorating for easter. i would still do it with nieces and nephews and its still just as fun.

  32. I remember the beautiful blown out eggs my aunt and cousin made when we went to visit them. There was a Frenchman in a beret, a robot, a Spanish señorita with lucious red lips and a mantilla. Better than the Easter bunny coming, they packed them all in shoeboxes and sent them home with us!!! What a treasure of pure fantasy.
    The flowerpot eggs promise new ideas and lots of seeds. Thank you for this. WE DECORATE at our house.

  33. I love that you thought to decorate for Easter and I’m glad you and your son tried out some new ideas. I love the way everything turned out! Kinda makes me wish I was crafty!

  34. I love the silk dyed easter eggs! Genius 🙂

  35. Accept the imperfections; they are still pretty, and besides, that way, people will know you made them yourself!

  36. These look really cute! I’d love to try these myself 🙂
    Congrats on being FP!

  37. Your blog is charming. Just discovered it. Would you mind telling me what template/format or theme you used to set it up. I am a writer so it would end up looking comletely different, but I really like your headers, right nav, etc. Thanks very much. I’d appreciate your help.

  38. very nice!

  39. WOW~~~your decorations are so cute!!!Looking forward to Easter’s coming!!!

  40. amaranthinethoughts says:

    Great designs! Never really paid attention on these eater egg designs but after seeing these beautifully decorated eggs,it sparked my interest. Would love to try this! 🙂

  41. Beautiful! We love the eggshells flowerpots!

  42. Woo,it’s cool!~I love the bunnies ,they look so cute.

  43. SO cute,really fantastic and congrats on being freshly pressed.

    thanks

  44. Easter eggs,bunnies, colorful decoration!!!…it brought an enticing effect…..i loved this post!!!

  45. They all look beautiful and wow 🙂

  46. Love you stuff. Plizz join Lovely Easter 2001 at Flickr

  47. These are gorgeous! I think they all turned out beautifully and they are certainly made with love!

    From Kate @ engLandofOz

    http://engLandofOz.wordpress.com/

  48. Awwww…so cute.in my county we dont do much of easter decoration bt I have always had a passion for decorating and I love looking for new decorating tips.Please visit my blog on http://akinyiviv.wordpress.com and we could share decorating ideas

  49. Katie Gou says:

    Can I come? 🙂

  50. Amazing stuff…. wishing you happy easter!!

  51. Thanks for the inspiration – it’s long past time I decorated with the wee ones.

  52. AryanMolaeimehr says:
  53. With Easter around the corner, one couldn’t have written a better post. Great stuff
    http://doubtscleared.wordpress.com

  54. awww. cute little bunnies!

  55. aawwww…. i love this post so much. so sad , i can’t be home this Easter, i miss my family and church.
    but your post reminded me of the Easter story my mom used to tell me whenever Easter comes…. she told me how Easter eggs came into being…

    i love the egg shell plants and the bunnies!!

    i would love to try it out next year for my easter 🙂

  56. Very cool ideas!

  57. Oh, how adorable those bunnies are!

    I’ve never seen eggshell flowerpots until today. It’s very inspiring. Oh, and I do like the look of the silk dyed eggs.

    Congratz on FP!

  58. Oi…I just don’t understand why people decorate for holidays. It’s just stuff you have to put away and store for a whole year! Although, I am a fan of dying easter eggs. But this year I think I’ll pass.

    I think your items turned out quite nicely.

    • lwackerman says:

      I like to decorate to bring a little change to the house. A little something different here and there. Plus you get to make things and for me I get to make things with the kiddo and it’s tons of fun.

  59. Really cute and awesome.

  60. I haven’t done easter eggs since grade school… this really took me back. 🙂 And thanks for the link to the eggshell flower pots… those are really cute, I might need to try that. 🙂

  61. I think you did a beautiful job!

  62. the beautiful of Art

  63. Way to turn a potentially half-empty crafting experience into a full-to-overflowing blog post! I read a blog called Twist365 that features the author’s DIY mishaps every Tuesday (she calls it “Lollipop Tuesday”). It’s hilarious and a great reminder that ‘handmade’ doesn’t always mean ‘beautiful’! Congrats on being FP’ed!

  64. realanonymousgirl2011 says:

    All of that looks great! You have patience and creativity!

  65. What great ideas and fun activities to do with your kids. Thanks for table ideas as well.

  66. Love your not gloassy bunnies!! I JUST bought about 12 ties at goodwill today for the kids to try this “tie dye” experiment. I am gonig to blog our when we finish…I hope they turn out for us!

  67. very cute pics

  68. Way to turn a potentially half-empty crafting experience into a full-to-overflowing blog post! I read a blog called Twist365 that features the author’s DIY mishaps every Tuesday (she calls it “Lollipop Tuesday”). It’s hilarious and a great reminder that ‘handmade’ doesn’t always mean ‘beautiful’! Congrats on being FP’ed!

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