Decorating trees for Easter is a tradition brought over by German immigrants into North America, according to the "Journey to Germany" website. Germans begin to decorate their trees many days before Easter with whimsical painted wooden eggs and other Christian symbols. It is simple to decorate your own Easter egg tree, whether you want to have it on an indoor potted branch or outside tree. It is sure to become a tradition your family will enjoy for decades.
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Things you need
- Large branch
- Pot with soil
- Small outside tree (optional)
- Wooden eggs
- Acrylic paints
- Small artist paintbrush
- Empty egg carton
- Easter stickers (optional)
- Narrow ribbon
- Pastel-coloured pipe cleaners
- Craft foam
- Stencils (optional)
- Hole punch
Place a branch into a pot with soil in it to keep it upright or select a small tree outdoors to decorate.
Paint wooden eggs you have purchased at a hobby and craft store with acrylic paints in different pastel or bright shades. Use a small artist paintbrush to paint stripes in a horizontal or vertical fashion onto the eggs. You can also paint them solid colours. Allow them to dry by placing them into an empty egg carton. Add Easter stickers or designs on them if you wish. Glue a loop of ¼-inch-wide ribbon cut into a 6-inch length to one end of the egg in order to hang it from your tree branches. You can also tie a small bow out of the ribbon and glue it onto the top of the egg near the loop.
Create whimsical looking flowers, butterfly shapes or caterpillars out of coloured pipe cleaners and attach these to your trees. Pipe cleaners are easy to bend and form into colourful shapes.
Cut out simple duck, lamb shapes or other Christian symbols out of craft foam and punch a hole in the top with a hole punch. You can draw these freehand or trace over them with a stencil. Add about a 6-inch length of thread or narrow ribbon to the cutouts and tie them onto your Easter egg tree.
Shop at dollar stores or garage sales during the Easter season to find miniature Easter ornaments for your tree. You can also find miniature Easter baskets that you can hang from the branches. Shop after-season sales to get these items at bargain prices for the next year's Easter tree.
Place your Easter decorations in random fashion all over the entire tree, avoiding crowding too many ornaments in one spot.
Tips and warnings
- You can also decorate your Easter egg tree with plastic Easter eggs. You can simply open them and place one end of a loop of string inside, snap it together and then place the other end over the tree branches. This type of Easter egg does well in wet weather so you should be able to enjoy your Easter egg tree for two or three weeks prior to Easter.
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