A tisket, a tasket: This Easter, think outside the basket
The recipe for dying Easter eggs is simple: 1/2 cup boiling water, 1 teaspoon vinegar and about 10 drops of food coloring will create the perfect pot of color. But when it comes to displaying these bright beauties, style-savvy decorators will want to go beyond the standard plastic basket. These clever ideas are super simple, and many are as close as your kitchen pantry.
Use candlesticks of varying heights as "pillars" for eggs; the indentations eliminate wobbling. Try for candlesticks in identical materials—glass, painted wood, silver—for a cohesive look.
Who says Thanksgiving has a monopoly on this horn of plenty? Fill a wicker cornucopia with dyed eggs for the look of springtime bounty.
3. Silver bowls
Raid your china cabinet for silver-toned vessels—Revere bowls, porridge servers, wine coasters, votive holders—and fill and top them with dyed eggs.
4. Rustic container
From wooden storage crates to wire market baskets to fishing creels, a rough-edged vessel is an unexpectedly stunning contrast to glossy-smooth eggs.
5. Egg cups
Gather a dozen or so plain egg cups (restaurant supply stores are a great source) and place a dyed egg in each.
6. Bird’s nest
Group a small cluster of eggs in an artificial bird’s nest, available at craft stores.
7. Egg cartons
For a casual picnic-style Easter, place your dyed creations in plain cardboard egg cartons; cut the lids off for a finished look.
8. Cake stand
If you own a cake stand with a tall edge, fill it with eggs for an elevated arrangement. A tiered cupcake server makes another fine display.
9. Galvanized pots
Line small galvanized pots with shredded newsprint or colored paper and carefully fill with eggs. Place them in a line down your feasting table for a looks that's chic and charming.