Easter Craft

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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!

How to blow Easter Eggs"Easter craft"

  • 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.

Watercolour paint-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?

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Rebecca Watkins worked as a professional photo journalist and travelled the world with her husband John, before settling down as a stay at home mother to their three daughters. They have recently moved back from the French Alps to an old cottage in Devon, England. Rebecca's days are filled with visits to the beach, animated discussions and in the best moments, happiness and creativity in her family home of five. The other moments are filled with craziness and chaos and she loves those too.

11 Comments

  1. Sarah Avila on

    I used to do this with my grandmother when I was younger! Brings back good memories!!

  2. Beth on

    I have never tried making my own egg tree. I might just give it a try~

    I’m your neighbor over at Deborah Jean’s place.

    Have a great day and Happy Easter!
    Beth

  3. D on

    I remember doing this as a child at Easter…what fun! Thanks for sharing at the Rock ‘N Share!

  4. Anita on

    I never did this when I was younger but I do know that a lot of my girlfriend’s recall this as a really positive childhood memory. I’m almost certain though that none of them went as far as to hand craft an awe-inspiring tree out of their creations!

    Thanks for the inspiration, Rebecca. When Easter rolls around next my two nieces will lose their MINDS with the amount of fun we’ll all have doing this together! :)

    Anita. x

  5. This is a great activity for the little ones, we always have the little ones involved with the eggs. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. Thanks for sharing with Wildcrafting Wednesday! Looks like a fun project!

  7. I haven’t blown eggs in forever :) I remember it hurt my cheeks!

    Your eggs are lovely! Thanks for sharing on The HomeAcre Hop and have a great week :)

  8. Barb on

    I talked about doing egg dying this year, and never got around to it. Next year!

    Thanks for linking up at Motivation Monday and Happy Easter!

  9. Lea H on

    Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

  10. April on

    I love Easter Egg Trees, they always look so pretty. This is a great tutorial!

  11. Maria on

    I love the petal egg decorating idea..how beautiful those would be! Will have to try that next year :) Thanks for the great ideas!