Noticed lots of Insta-perfect and Pinterest-worthy images of Easter trees popping up?
Wondering how to go about making one yourself? Then read on!
Easter trees are everywhere you look at Easter nowadays – in shop windows, on the pages of glossy magazines and all over social media too.
They originate from Germany, where it’s a centuries old tradition to decorate twigs and branches with eggs to make an ‘Osterbaum’ to celebrate Easter, and it’s a tradition that’s rapidly spreading.
I lived in Germany as a child where we always had an Easter tree, and my Mum has done one ever since. The kids love it, and as a result an Easter tree has become a thing in our house too.
So, how do you make one and what does it involve? It’s actually easier than you think!
How to make an Easter tree in 5 easy steps
1. Start by selecting a bunch of branches and twigs to make your tree. Traditionally willow is used, but you can use anything you can get your hands on. I bought a mix of willow, birch and pussy willow for £1 a stem from my local florist.
2. Add some colour. There’s nothing like a bit of blossom to herald the start of spring, and cherry blossom is perfect. Although we have cherry blossom on our allotment, I didn’t want to cut it down as that would mean no cherries later on in the year. So I opted for artificial stems instead, and the bonus is you can use them year after year. But anything in bud or blossom will do – just go out in the garden with a pair of scissors and take a look!
3. Choose your decorations. As the concept of Easter trees gains traction so do the decorations available. There’s no need to break the bank either, I found all ours in The Works and on eBay. You could opt for a theme or colour scheme, or just let the kids choose, in which case you’ll end up with a bit of everything!
4. Now for the fun part – it’s time to decorate! A bit like Christmas and the decorating of the Christmas tree, I find it’s easier to just let the kids go mad rather than trying to tell them what to put where. Stand them on chairs and let them go for it.
5. Even everything out after the kids have gone to bed. Otherwise your tree is likely to have all the eggs on one branch, all the bunnies on another and some branches with nothing on at all. Unless you don’t care, in which case leave it as it is!
Do you make Easter trees in your house? Do you fancy having a go?