Are you preparing to celebrate Mardi Gras? Here’s a quick history of the holiday as well as some suggestions of eye-catching Mardi Gras decorations that you can make. Whether you are looking for great Mardi Gras decorating ideas to make for your home or as a Craftpreneuer to sell, here’s all you need to know about Mardi Gras!
Hey y’all! Being from Louisiana, it’s practically required that I create Mardi Gras decorations! Here’s a little bit of trivia: Louisiana is the ONLY state where Mardi Gras is an official holiday (betcha didn’t know that).
I really have fun making and displaying Mardi Gras decorations…the more ‘over the top’, the better. Let’s face it…this holiday is FUN!
Whether you are a Craftpreneuer looking for ideas of what to make and sell or you just love to go all out celebrating Mardi Gras, I have some great decorating ideas that you can use!
Frequently Asked Questions about Mardi Gras
Before I share with you some of my favorite decoration ideas, I wanted to give you a quick background about what Mardi Gras actually is. I think this can help you understand it’s origins and the meanings behind the excess we all now think of in terms of this holiday.
What is Mardi Gras?
In a nutshell, Mardi Gras refers to events of the Carnival celebration which begins around the time of the Christian feasts of the Epiphany (Three Kings Day) and ends on the day before Ash Wednesday.
Traditionally, in the days leading up to Lent, people would binge on all the rich, fatty foods left in their homes before the start of Lent.
Historically, Mardi Gras was a one-day event; however, in many areas, Mardi Gras has evolved into a week-long festival extraordinaire, especially in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Fun Fact: In French, Mardi means “Tuesday”, and Gras means “fat”…making the day before Ash Wednesday well-known as Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday” in France.
What are the Mardi Gras colors?
Have you ever taken a look at Mardi Gras decor? What do you see? I’m banking that you just got an eyeful of purple, gold and green! King cakes, masks, beads, décor – everything – are all covered in the classic purple, green, and gold color scheme.
Have you ever wondered why these three colors have come to be associated with Mardi Gras?
As it turns out, the colors of Mardi Gras can be traced to the first Rex parade in 1872. The Rex (King of the Carnival) selected the colors purple, green, and gold and proclaimed that balconies be draped in those three colors.
Each color has a meaning and a purpose:
- Purple (often associated with royalty) stands for justice.
- Green represents faith. Green beads used to be handed out to people who represented this characteristic the best.
- Gold stands for power — and at Mardi Gras, you can find it everywhere you look, y’all!
Today, Mardi Gras really has become known as a day where “anything goes” but if you want to really get into the festive spirit, be legit, or sell your Mardi Gras decor, show off that purple, green, and gold!
Mardi Gras Decorations
Mardi Gras decorations are all about going over the top. Pretty much anything goes when it comes to Mardi Gras decorations…as long as they highlight the colors purple, gold, and green!
Think big bows, elaborate masks (with or without feathers), banners, tinsel, signs, and garlands all highlighting bright shades of those three magic colors.
Mardi Gras Garlands
One of my favorite decorations for Mardi Gras is the holiday garland. I like to use this classic decoration for a party, carnival or dance and hanging it in windows, over a mantel or a doorway. As a twist on the tinsel garland decorations that you may be imagining, create your own unique large garland inspired by wreaths.
Take a look at this tutorial for my Mardi Gras Garland that we created to go over my front door!
As you can see in the video, my friend Jen went crazy (in a good way) with this garland. It’s got bows, balls, and giant beads to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that I’m thrilled to see every time I come home during the season.
I particularly like doing Mardi Gras garlands because you can easily stock up on garland inexpensively after the holidays. Make sure to stock up on bows and other goodies too!
Other Fun Mardi Gras Decorating Ideas
I’ve put a list together of some Mardi Gras decor ideas for when you want to get into the festive holiday spirit. Remember: the bigger and brighter it is, the better!
- Mardi Gras garland
- Wreath sign
- Large bows
- Wooden door hangers
- Paper flowers
- Fleur de Lis
For all you Craftpreneuers, think of these ideas as a huge brainstorming session of things YOU can make and sell on Etsy or at Craft Shows.
People love the flashiness of Mardi Gras, so I say let your imagination run wild and have fun creating those works of art.
If you are looking for some more inspiration or simply want to purchase a wreath or sign already made, check out our Etsy shop where you can find Mardi Gras decorations galore! If you want to try to create some of these decorations on your own, be sure to grab your Mardi Gras supplies at DecoExchange.
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Use these ideas to get your creative juices flowing as you create your own unique Mardi Gras decorations. Just make sure to use purple, gold and green in your festive project!