10 ways to make your Easter egg hunt extra special

Eggs-cellent ideas to increase the magic. Hop to it!
Easter Egg Hunt Children Pulling Cart Under ArchwayPhotography: Brigid Arnott / Styling: Lucy Gough

For children and adults alike, taking part in an Easter egg hunt is a fun way to celebrate the day. It gets everyone excited, running around outside in the fresh air and enjoying the wonders of the garden. Peeking behind pot plants, looking under bushes and gathering shiny, foil-wrapped chocolates up into a basket.

It’s a lovely tradition, along with others such as eating hot cross buns, and everyone has their own ways of doing an Easter egg hunt. No matter how large your garden is (or if you’re doing it at a local park with a picnic in tow), you can make it a special experience to talk about for years to come.

Easter Egg Hunt Children At Picket Fence
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What is the Easter egg hunt tradition?

An egg hunt is a popular activity during the season of Easter, which is particularly enthralling for little ones. It involves hiding treats and prizes of all shapes and sizes, but especially brightly-wrapped chocolate eggs, to be found by anyone who would like to join in. It can be held indoors or out and is a playful way to bring people together.

Easter Egg Hunt Chicken Chocolate On Plate
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There are many stories about how the tradition began but some theories suggest the Easter egg hunt originated from pagan spring festivals that celebrated renewal and fertility. Eggs were seen as a symbol of new life and a way to mark the start of spring. Rather than chocolate eggs, they most likely used real eggs that were decorated by hand. As chocolate eggs have become more accessible, they’ve replaced real eggs in many Easter celebrations and have become synonymous with this festive occasion.

Easter Egg Hunt Child Holding Nest With Eggs
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How do you make an Easter Egg Hunt special?

With a little creativity you can make your Easter egg hunt an incredible event. It’s all down to the little details! You could get a wagon for them to pull around as they look for shiny finds. Or make a treasure map with stars on it for where they can find goodies. Use your imagination! Here are 10 ideas to get you started.

Easter Egg Hunt Children Pulling Cart Under Archway
(Photography: Brigid Arnott / Styling: Lucy Gough)

1. Cute headwear

Bunny ears are guaranteed to get everyone hopping! There are so many available, from fluffy to chic. Start collecting (or making them) and let everyone choose one to suit their style and personality. Keep them for years to come and bring them out each year.

Easter Egg Hunt Plate On Grass With Bunny Ears
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2. Set up a fort

For a really lovely vibe, make a fort for children to hang out in before and after the Easter egg hunt. It’ll be a cosy place to count (and eat!) their loot afterwards. It might even keep them entertained while the sugar rush sets in.

Easter Egg Hunt Tent With Children Under Tree
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3. Use real eggs for decorating

If you’re having morning or afternoon tea to go with your Easter egg hunt, decorate the table with real egg shells. Simply save the shells from any eggs the household eats in the days leading up to Easter, then wash and pop them into tea cups. Fill them with fresh flowers from the garden on the day for a beautiful, on-theme table.

Easter Egg Hunt Tea Cup And Napkin With Flowers
(Photography: Brigid Arnott / Styling: Lucy Gough)

4. Tailor your topiary

This might be for the more advanced green thumbs among us, but if you’re keen to go all out, shape your plants to suit the Easter season. It might be birds or a bunny, but the sight of animals in the garden will be an unforgettable moment. You’ll need to get started on this one well in advance! Think long-term for many Easters to come.

Easter Egg Hunt Plants Cut Into Duck Shapes
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5. Be a basket lady

You can of course buy novelty Easter baskets but there’s something so special about an old-fashioned woven basket. Collect them as you see them at second-hand shops and you’ll have a nice mix by Easter day. They’re a lovely way to display fruit, flowers or pine cones throughout the year (depending on the season) and a fun hiding place for your Easter egg hunt.

Easter Egg Hunt Wicker Chairs In Garden With Fruit Basket
(Photography: Brigid Arnott / Styling: Lucy Gough)
Easter Egg Hunt Basket With Pears and Easter Eggs
(Photography: Brigid Arnott / Styling: Lucy Gough)

6. Hang Easter baubles on plants

Who says decorating the tree is just for Christmas? Get your garden looking festive with Easter-themed baubles. Hang eggs or bunny decorations from pot plants or on the trees in your garden.

Easter Egg Hunt Outdoor Shelves With Pot Plants And Easter Eggs
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7. A letter from the Easter bunny

Wouldn’t it be sweet if the kids found a letter from the Easter bunny during their search through the garden? A little detail like this will add an extra special touch to the day.

Easter Egg Hunt Basket Of Vegetables With Letter
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8. Interesting locations

A green house, maze or beautiful archway makes the most magical location for an Easter egg hunt. While you may not have these in your own garden, there are plenty of incredible accommodation options that do. Get some friends or family members together and hire an Airbnb fit for the most epic Easter egg hunt ever.

Easter Egg Hunt Green House With Pot Plants At Front
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Easter Egg Hunt Eggs Hidden Inside Green House
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9. Use foliage to make it festive

Just like eggs evoke the feeling of new life which is fitting for Easter, so do flowers and fresh foliage. Use bunches cut from trees close to home to decorate your Easter table or pop them in boots for a fresh welcome at your front door.

Easter Egg Hunt Shoes With Leaves And Flowers
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10. Bunny-shaped napkins

So simple and so cute, turn your napkins into bunny ears for a playful Easter twist at your egg hunt gathering. To do it, start by rolling linen napkins into long, thin shapes then curve them around an egg and tie in place with a length of ribbon or hessian string.

Easter Egg Hunt Napkin Shaped As Bunny Ears Around Egg
(Photography: Brigid Arnott / Styling: Lucy Gough)

Shop the look: Easter egg hunt


Easter embossed 27cm dinner plate

$3.50, Big W

Cute as can be, this dinner plate has a beautiful impression of bunnies leaping across it, alongside flowers and leaves. It’s fit for an Easter feast!

Key features:

  • 27cm diameter
  • Cream colour
  • Embossed detail
  • Matching bowls and side plates available


Morgan & Finch bunny serving dish

$7.50 (usually $14.99), Bed Bath N’ Table

Add a little hoppity-hopping fun to your Easter entertaining with this bunny dish. It’s the perfect size to hold lots of little eggs.

Key features:

  • 15cm length x 12.7cm width x 10.8cm height
  • Porcelain
  • Rabbit detail


Bunny botanical linen napkins (set of 4)

$10 (usually $19.99), Bed Bath N’ Table

This set of four linen napkins with a gorgeous bunny and botanic design will bring a whimsical touch to your Easter decorating.

Key features:

  • Set of four
  • 45cm x 45cm
  • Linen


Purebaby Easter Bunny basket bag

$19.95, The Iconic

Could this Easter basket be any sweeter? Made from organic cotton, this is a beautiful bag to collect eggs in and save as a keepsake forever.

Key features:

  • 15cm x 15cm
  • Pure organic cotton
  • Self-tie handle
  • Embroidered bunny face
  • Pom pom tail detail on back


Sequin fur bunny ears headband

$14.95, Seed Heritage

A bunny ears headband for the little bunny in your life. With soft fur and fun sequins, it’s an easy way to get in the Easter spirit.

Key features:

  • Headband
  • Cream coloured
  • Sequin details

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