Minimalistic Easter Tree
Project time: 1-2 Hours
Cost: Up to $15
Finished product: Whimsical, simplistic Easter tree featuring bright paper eggs and decorated wooden egg ornaments
Use ideas: Easter Decor, Spring Decor, Feature point for an Easter tabletop, Easter Centerpiece
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Hooray for Easter! Hooray for the victory Jesus won, the world exploding in pastels, and of course freshening up the house with some sweet, spring decor!
The first time I saw an Easter tree it was at my piano teachers house. It was a vintage white wire tree, with little painted eggs, wooden bunnies, and little crosses. I used to stare at that tree while I waited for my sister to finish her lesson and pretend I was shrunk down and climbing it with all the bunnies and eggs around me.
Point of this ‘spaced out childhood of Emily’ story is: that little tree sparked such a whimsical joy in me each year! I hadn’t made one for Esther to dream in yet, so I decided to give it a go, and here’s how it went:
1) Find a nice branch or bunch of greenery for the base. I used two branches from my sweet viburnum bushes in the yard. I trimmed back a few leafs a bit to make more space to hang the ornaments, but I specifically chose full branches to start with to make sure there would be enough hanging points.
2) Create your egg ornaments. This process consists of:
Attaching the screw eye to the egg
Decorating your eggs
Attaching string to the screw eye
Attaching the screw eye - Attaching the eye right to the top of the egg, I found it easiest to use needle nose pliers to hold the screw while I twisted the wooden egg into place.
Once the eyes are attached:
It’s time to decorate - Choose your medium. You can go with craft paints like me, paint markers are also fun, traditional egg dye, gems, or even feathers. I trolled Pinterest (like any good designer) and practiced some rough sketches before pouring my paints. Tip: Set a limited color scheme ahead of time, that way if you used mixed mediums, the overall design will stay consistent and uncluttered.
After you paint your masterpieces and everything is good and dry:
Finish them off with some string - Snip off some cute string, (bakers twine, hemp, etc.) tie a simple knot, trim, and boom - awesome egg ornament.
3) Create some matching paper eggs to fill out the tree. This process consists of:
Cutting the egg shapes
Sewing the layers together
Hole punching and stringing
Starting with cutting the egg shapes - Choose some fun cardstock within your color scheme. Each egg needs three pieces total. I don’t think I made two eggs the same size. This wasn’t on purpose, I was just free-handing, and we all know what happens when I don’t have a pattern and am wielding scissors. I found it easiest/quickest to fold the paper in fourths and cut once.
Once you have your shapes, layer all three (one atop the other) and sew a single seam straight up the pile.
While the egg is still folded, punch a small hole near the top. String some string, knot, trim, and unfold the three layers. I used a 1/8” punch so the hole would fit on the egg.
(Yes, I know these egg images are not stringed yet. But are’t these little 3D paper eggs adorable? I’ll be using some of these for Esther’s clutter-free Easter basket this year too.)
4) You’re ready to decorate your tree! (Or bush, branches - whatever it was you went with for your base!) I was really happy with the way my bright color scheme complimented the bright, fresh, green of the leaves.
Esther obviously loves it, (and literally tries to climb it,) and I do to! (Love it that is, not climb it.) It’s just the right amount of whimsy and simplicity.
- If you’re looking for a fun starter kit for craft paints, check this set from Apple Barrel.