12 Easy Ways to Decorate for Easter on the Cheap

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EASTER DECORATIONS ON A BUDGET

Given that the Easter Bunny often arrives in April, it may be a surprise to realize the holiday is coming up on March 27. Before running out to purchase ready-made decorations, try these 12 easy Easter decorations. They can be created with inexpensive supplies or even by repurposing things you already own.

GIVE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS A SECOND CHANCE TO SHINE

Lights can liven up any holiday -- and provide extra value if you use them more than once a year. Dig out a box of white lights from the basement or the garage and create an Easter bunny outline. Colored lights can also make festive Easter eggs.

TURN SOUP CANS INTO FLOWER VASES

To display Easter flowers, just save used soup cans or glass jars, wash them out, and wrap them in scraps of fabric. Turn this idea into a craft project for kids by letting them use non-toxic paint to dress up the cans or jars in simple pastel patterns, such as stripes and polka dots.

USE WRAPPING PAPER IN PLACE OF A TABLE RUNNER

Try using brown craft paper as a table runner for an Easter celebration. Young kids can decorate it with Easter stickers (there are always some left over from those Easter egg decorating kits), crayons, markers, and watercolors. The paper is also handy for protecting the table from spills or drips while decorating eggs or tackling other craft projects.

REPURPOSE COOKIE CUTTERS

As a cute Easter morning breakfast, fry up eggs or pancakes in bunny or chick shapes using metal cookie cutters. For an Easter celebration later in the day, place the cookie cutters on a small plate and fill with pistachios or a single color of Easter MM's. No more party mixes in plain glass bowls!

HANG A HANDCRAFTED SIGN

To make a "Happy Easter" sign that should hold up year after year, collect ribbon, wooden craft letters and clothespins, and card stock in a few different colors and patterns. All You provides easy-to-follow instructions.

MAKE A CANDLE MORE COLORFUL

If you have a pillar candle in a glass hurricane candleholder displayed year-round, surround the base of the candle with jellybeans for an easy Easter makeover. No hurricane candleholders in the house? Fill an empty glass vase with jellybeans instead.

BRING THE GREAT OUTDOORS INDOORS

Your yard can yield Easter decor even if the daffodils have yet to pop. Fill a large vase with branch clippings for a starkly elegant -- and free -- decoration. Add a pop of color by tying the bushel of branch clippings with a colorful pastel ribbon in a bow.

TURN DOLLAR STORE FIGURINES INTO A MODISH DISPLAY

Try this idea to put an elegant spin on Easter décor: Pick up Easter-themed ceramic figurines, prime them, then spray paint them a uniform white. Cluster them together surrounded by moss or Easter grass to create a centerpiece, or display them on a shelf.

WEAVE AN EASTER BASKET

This craft can be cute way to display eggs as well as reuse some everyday items that might otherwise be thrown out. Don't worry, no basket-making course required -- just a plastic mesh berry basket, ribbon, doubled-sided tape, a wire hanger, a wire cutter, needle-nose pliers, a coffee can, and a hot glue gun. Again, find directions at All You.

USE PAINT SAMPLES TO MAKE AN EASTER GARLAND

Hit the local home improvement store and grab a handful of paint samples in bright colors (or dig up any you might have considered for a wall). Cut them into the shape of an egg and use a hole punch and twine to string them into a cute egg garland.

FRESHEN UP PLACE SETTINGS

When setting the table for Easter dinner, why not make each place special? Pick a handful of fresh tulips and attach one to each rolled napkin with a color-coordinated ribbon. This will make the table feel both simple and elegant.

CREATE AN EASTER DOOR

Use basic materials to turn the front door into a bunny or an Easter egg. A white, gray, or beige door easily transforms into a bunny with eyes made of white paper plates and black construction paper, ears and a nose cut from poster board, and black electrical tape for whiskers. To make an Easter egg entryway, use poster board to create zigzags, polka dots, and stripes in a rainbow of colors. Place them in rows that span the width of the door in the middle and get shorter toward the top and bottom, to suggest an egg shape.