Minimalistic Easter Tree

 

Project time:  1-2 Hours

Cost: Up to $15

Difficulty: Moderate

Materials: Wooden Craft Eggs + Branches + Craft Paint & Brushes + String + Scissors + Fun Cardstock + Sewing Machine + Hole Punch + Needle Nose Pliers + Small Screw Eyes

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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(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.)

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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.

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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.

Notes:

- If you’re looking for a fun starter kit for craft paints, check this set from Apple Barrel.

- As always, if you try this project I'd love to see your result! Please share a pic and tag us on instagram, @somanyhoorays #naileditsomanyhoorays or on the So Many Hoorays facebook page