We’re not usually ones to celebrate Easter outside of a single chocolate egg gifted on Easter Sunday. However, with the explosion of all things Easter in recent years, we thought we’d make more of an effort this year. Especially as the Bear is currently poorly (again) and so we’re housebound. She’s feeling a little better at the moment so we thought we’d do something together that wouldn’t take long or be too taxing for her. This is when I came across Easter trees.
The tradition of decorationg trees with eggs for Easter seems to have originated in Germany and its practice is centuries old. Though exactly when or why it started does not seem to be known. People hang eggs – with eggs being a symbol of life – on the branches of trees outside or on cut branches inside the home. Inspired by this celebration of life at the beginning of a new spring, we thought we’d give it a go. So, this is our quick and easy guide to making your own Easter tree.
WHAT YOU NEED
This is all centred around these fabulous Easter Hanging Decorations we found in Sainsburys for £4. Even in her poorly state the Bear immediately fell in love with them. For your tree you will also need some tree branches (be sure to collect them from the ground so you don’t damage a living tree). you will also need an elastic band or string to hold it together, and a vase to place it all in.
WHAT WE DID
This really is so simple to do. Literally just arrange your branches in the vase until you are happy with the arrangement. As we collected ours from the floor, they were quite brittle and therefore really easy to snap down to the perfect length. Secure the elastic band around the bottom on the branches inside the vase, this will help everything say in place throughout Easter. Then, just decorate with your hanging eggs or any other Easter decorations you may have.
And there we have it. Your very own decorated Easter tree.
We’ve never done anything like this before as Easter has always felt like it has been getting too commercial, but I actually love how rooted in tradition this practice is and how it is a celebration of new life. Add that to the fact that this really is a cheap, quick and easy craft to do with your little one and a way to include them in the spirit of Easter without the inclusion of chocolate.
I love how effective the finished result is and we’ve placed it in our living room so we can enjoy it. Happy Easter everyone!