How to make an Easter Tree
Find and cut a nice branch of catkins, pussy willow or even some flowering cherry. Root it firmly in a pot filled with soil. The more off-shoots the branch has, the better; as this is your Easter tree from which you’ll hang the decorated eggs. Nothing looks prettier and more festive on a sunny windowsill at Easter!
- First you will need to soak your eggs in a vinegar and water solution overnight, this makes the eggs take the paint more easily.
- Now it’s time to blow the eggs- this is the fun part! Make a tiny hole at either end of the egg, blow carefully and steadily until the yolk pops out and set it aside for cooking.
- Rinse the egg off, under cool running water and allow it to dry in a sunny spot. You can place it to dry in its original carton.
- Once the egg is dry, take a matchstick and cut it in half, then tie a length of cotton to it; having done this, place the matchstick-end carefully through the top hole, so that it wedges itself inside the egg. Once your egg has been decorated it’ll be ready to hang.
Now for the really fun part: it’s time to decorate the egg and there are a variety of ways you can do this according to your own skills and the age of your children.
Print a petal-egg
- Take a cotton bud between your fingers to be sure the cotton is smooth and tight on the stick. roll one end of the swab in paint until cotton is evenly saturated but not dripping with paint
- The petal shape is made by touching the side of the bud against the egg surface. Make a few practice prints on paper first so that you know how much pressure to apply in order to obtain a good petal print.
- Experiment with the shape to make a variety of designs. Several petals put together in a circle will make a flower, one shape alone will make a leaf or dots can be made with the bud tip.
Print with a potato-egg (close adult supervision required)
- Take a paring knife and cut the potato into several small pieces. Using a knife, trim the raw end of one piece into a shape. This could be a circle, square, triangle, or oval. Don’t trim the skin end of the potato, as this is the end you will be holding when you print.
- Make a selection of different shapes and then blot dry with a cloth to take out the excess moisture.
- Take a paint brush and cover the shape end of your potato piece with paint and then print on your egg.
- Take a wax crayon and lightly make patterns on the egg
- Next brush some watered-down watercolour(s) paint of your choice over the egg- it’s so easy and works a treat!
Allow your eggs to dry in the sun in their carton, before hanging them on your Easter Tree!
Do you have an Easter craft egg decoration skill to share?