• Look for white terra-cotta eggs. Available at craft stores, they offer the same look and feel as regular eggs, but have an infinite shelf life.
• Decorate some eggs with fishing net or tulle for texture.
• Experiment with bands of raffia or ribbon-the rippled pattern can be as subtle or as exaggerated as you like. Narrow ribbon is the easiest to work with, and craft glue is the best choice here, as a glue gun will leave visible lines.
• Practice for the big egg hunt by combing the beach for sea glass. After collecting a handful of pieces, use a glue gun to ornament freshly dyed eggs. Don't have sea glass on your shores? Not to worry. You can order authentic glass by color ( westcoastseaglass.net), or buy reproductions at a craft store.
• Mix glitter with glue and apply a gleaming coat to eggs. The subtle shimmer and marine hues will make waves.
• One of the simplest ways to achieve an ocean feel is by marbleizing eggs. Use store-bought dye, mix as directed, and add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. Dip the eggs as you normally would, and watch the oil create abstract designs reminiscent of a rushing tide.
A Tisket, a Tasket, a New Easter Basket
• Want to give your old Easter basket a new look? Glue seashells of various sizes on a dated basket, then substitute wheat grass (available at most nurseries) or raffia for last year's plastic grass.
• For fishing enthusiasts, use a new tackle box instead of a traditional wicker basket. It's a creative, practical idea for holding Easter treats.
• Buy brightly colored sand pails instead of woven baskets. Ask each member of the family to decorate their own with paint, stickers, and ribbons.
• Celebrate New England style with intricately woven Nantucket lightship baskets. Extraordinary craftsmanship puts them a step above more prosaic holiday containers. Shop for the real thing at simplynantucketbaskets.com, or order an inexpensive reproduction from nantucketer.com.