Easter is just around the corner. The German tradition of decorating trees and bushes with Easter eggs is known as the Ostereierbaum, or Easter Egg Tree. We love making and decorating an Easter tree, we usually place it in one of our windows and then move it into the middle of our dining table for our Easter lunch.
If you have a tree in the garden or near your front porch, you could have lots of fun hanging painted eggs and ribbons on the branches. However, if like us you don’t have a tree outside, there are lots of other ways to make your very own Easter tree. You could decorate a potted plant, or use a plant pot, vase or jug as a base for a great Easter Egg Tree centrepiece.
We had lots of fun making this Easter Tree together.
Here’s how to make an Easter Egg Tree centrepiece in five easy steps!
You will need:
*Plastic eggs or Pebbles
*White paint & brush
*Salt dough decorations or Easter decorations
*Jelly beans (optional)
*Hot glue (optional)
1) We started our Easter Tree by going on a nature hunt, to collect some branches.
2) We decided to paint our branches using white paint, but you could keep them bare.
3) To create the buds on the branches, glue on some small colourful Pom-Poms. If you have a hot glue gun, you could glue jelly beans onto the branches. We didn’t have any jelly beans so we decided to use Pom-Poms!
4) Leave the branches to dry before standing in a vase, jug or plant pot. Fill the vase either with large plastic eggs, pebbles or even lots of mini eggs.
5) The next bit was my little girl’s favourite bit, decorating the tree with Salt dough painted eggs and Easter decorations. Below is the recipe that we used to make our Salt Dough Egg decorations.
Recipe for Salt dough Easter Egg Decorations
You will need:
*1 cup of flour
* 1/2 cup of salt
* 1/2 cup of water
1) Stir together all 3 ingredients until a dough forms.
2) Knead the dough until it is smooth.
3) Roll it out to 1/4 inch thick and cut out egg shapes using a cutter. Place on a baking tray with parchment.
4) Make a hole in the eggs using a straw. Bake in the oven for 2 hours.
5) Leave to cool. Once cool, they are ready to paint. We used both acrylic and squeezy paint.
6) Loop ribbon through the holes and they are then ready to hang!