Like many different holiday celebrations, our holiday crafts and decorations can become a little bit stale and boring. When Easter comes along, we all buy cartons of eggs and hard boil them, then dye them in various shades of pastel yellow and blue and green and red. But why not change things up this particular Easter season? There are a number of different things that you can do to bring something different and fun to your Easter decorations this year. In addition, this particular Easter craft will bring a touch of culture to your Easter decorations, as you bring some Old World Easter traditions into your home by creating your own Easter egg tree.
For centuries, it has been traditional in Germany and Austria to celebrate the Easter season by hanging hollow eggs from the branches of trees both inside and outside the home. Now you can create this own tradition in your home by creating your own indoor Easter egg tree. This particular Easter egg tree will be the perfect place for you to display your own decorated Easter eggs, whether you create your own blown and decorated Easter eggs or you purchase them from somebody else.
How to make your own Easter egg tree
1 ice bucket (or a vase)
floral foam (or pebbles)
grass and pussy willow branches / any fresh cut branches (flowering quince, forsythia, cherry blossom, or magnolia)
blown and decorated Easter eggs
Steps for making your own Easter egg tree
Begin creating your own Easter egg tree by filling an ice bucket with water. Then place floral foam in the ice bucket. Arrange your grass and pussy willow branches in the floral foam. Another way that you can create an Easter egg tree is by filling a vase with water and with pebbles. Then arrange any fresh cut and flowering branchs in the vase. Some good choices for these branches include flowering quince, cherry blossom, forsythia, and/or magnolia.
Next you need to thread the ribbon onto your decorated Easter eggs. Take a length of ribbon and center a slip not on it. Then thread the ends of the ribbon through a large eyed needle. If you do not have a large eyed needle, then you can take a 12-inch length of 27-gauge wire in half and then thread the ribbon through the loop end. Then very carefully thread the needle through the holes that are on each end of any blown and decorated egg. Pull ribbon through the egg. Make sure that you remember that the hole from which the ends of the ribbon come out will be the top of your egg. Double knot the ribbon both below and above the Easter egg. Tie the loose ends of the egg to the “tree” with a bow.
A nice idea would be to create a number of different Easter egg trees. Use a different type of flowering branch for each one. Then place the trees around your house. You can hang eggs with matching color shades on each tree: for example, use blown and decorated Easter eggs with a pink shade of color on them for your flowering quince Easter egg tree.
While your Easter egg tree can’t last year after year after year, your blown and decorated Easter eggs will, along with their ribbons. Thus you can create a new Easter egg tree each year based on the types of flowering branches that are readily available at that time.