Using an Easter egg tree to celebrate the Easter holiday is a tradition with roots in Germany and Eastern Europe; it has grown in popularity in the United States. Traditionally, colourful eggs were hung from the branches of leafless trees outdoors and some still carry on that practice; however, smaller, tabletop versions of Easter egg trees are easy to make and add a whimsical and festive feeling to your Easter celebrations.
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A tabletop tree decorated with spring flowers not only displays your Easter egg collection but also serves as a charming centrepiece for Easter dinner. Create the tree by filling a 12-inch flowerpot with florist's foam. Collect four or five small branches from the yard or purchase branches at a craft and hobby store and place them randomly in the florist foam. Add three or four branches of silk forsythia, dogwood, pussy willow or cherry blossoms, and adjust the layout until you're pleased with the arrangement. Hang your Easter eggs from the branches, and add a layer of straw or Easter grass around the base of the arrangement to disguise the florist's foam.
If a flowerpot Easter egg tree doesn't work for you, create your Easter egg tree in other large containers. Pitchers, glass vases and hurricane-style lamps can all serve as vessels to hold your Easter egg tree. Alternatively, create a custom base for your tree by covering a coffee can with construction paper or patterned scrapbook paper, and embellishing it with stickers, ribbons, rhinestones and other items. Use river rocks, glass marbles or Easter candies to secure the twigs in the container and keep them upright. You can further embellish your tree by adding a real or faux bird's nest among the branches or hanging additional small ornaments among the eggs.
Create an Easter egg tree from a cone-shaped foam or florist's foam base. To begin, cover the cone with sheet moss, available from your local florist or craft and hobby store. Wrap the cone with ribbon or a length of grapevine, and adorn it with real or silk flowers and small decorated Easter eggs. Group several of these trees together as a centrepiece or a side table display.
Personalise the eggs on your Easter egg tree to coordinate with your decor or the container. While you can create decorative eggs from empty eggshells, these are fragile and easily broken if the tree is bumped by kids or pets. Wooden eggs are more durable, and many craft and hobby retailers sell unfinished wooden eggs that you can personalise. Embellish the eggs with paint or découpage, or for a dramatic and elegant look, cover the egg with clear-drying glue and roll it in glitter or beads. For an easy and festive tree, use a dab of hot glue to attach a ribbon to chocolate eggs and hang them from the Easter egg tree.
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