Hello Findettes, I hope this DIY post will bring a Bank Holiday weekend full of sunshine your way. Last month I mentioned that spring in the shop heralds the arrival of the Easter window. It’s one of my favourite displays of the year. A tree of branches decorated with colourful eggs, rabbits and chicks.
I can’t remember how old I was when my Mum first brought home the box of tiny carved wooden decorations to hang, but it has become as much a family tradition as the Christmas tree and I now uphold the tradition in my own home.
I’m not religious, more of a ‘Mother Nature’ kind of girl which is why I think the pagan tradition of the Easter tree appeals so much. The trees originate from Europe, most likely Sweden, where they are often decorated with feathers and eggs. Although decorations are widely available in the UK now, look out for the more unusual and intricate ones if you’re on holiday in Europe. I purchased the white eggs in the DIY photos below in Prague one November.
The two DIY’s I’ve created for you are, as always, to inspire you. There are no rules, just make what you fancy out of whatever you can find easily to hand. I’ve included some additional Easter tree images to give you even more food for thought as well.
DIY 1 – The Anything Goes Tree
What you’ll need:
- A vase/ jug/ urn/ pot – choose something with a wide neck if you want to fill it with lots of flowers as well as the twigs.
- Twigs – I used white Blossom in bud
- A selection of mixed Spring flowers – I used Hyacinths, Narcissi, Tulips and Roses
- A small piece of florist’s foam – soaked.
- Decorations to hang
What to do:
- Wedge the florist’s foam into the base of your container before filling it with water.
- Arrange the twigs in the centre of the container using the florist’s foam to secure them.
- Take your largest flower, in my case, the hyacinths, and arrange them amongst the twigs.
- Next I placed the narcissi through the twigs and other flowers, cutting them at very different lengths. Florist’s tip – pick off the dried papery protective hoods from narcissi or daffodils before displaying them. Your design will be a little more polished.
- I cut my roses short and used them at the very neck of the container and finally added the tulips. Tulips continue to grow even after they’ve been cut so use them to flow through your arrangement. You can support their heads with the twigs.
- Once you’ve placed all of your flowers, make sure your container is topped up with water and have fun hanging your decorations.
- Keep the water level topped up and remove individual flowers as they wilt.
DIY 2 – The Simple Option
What you’ll need:
- A vase or Jug
- Twigs of your choice – I used contorted Hazel twigs which don’t need water and can be stored away and re-used next year.
- Real eggs
- Thin ribbon or very fine string
- I used the small headed Narcissi Soleil d’Or but regular Daffodils will have a similar effect
What to do:
Firstly, I hold my hand up and admit that I didn’t make the hanging egg vases. I cheated and bought them. That’s not to say that you can’t make them yourselves with a little patience and a gentle touch!
- To make the vases you will need to gently take the top off your eggs, empty the contents out (I suggest into a mixing bowl, ready to be baked into a delicious cake) before rinsing the shell out. The tricky bit will be piercing the holes in the sides of the egg to thread a thin piece of string or ribbon to create your handle. I suggest using a pin and a cork to press onto.
- Alternatively, if you’re a boiled egg fan, just save the shells once you’ve enjoyed your breakfast!
- Hang your eggs and fill each of them with a little water.
- Cut your narcissi very short and place them into your egg vases.
I hope that you all have a wonderful Easter break and that this will inspire you to bring some Easter cheer into the house. Do let me know if you’ll be creating an Easter tree this year.
A display that cheerful can’t fail to warm your heart and home for Easter – I’m inspired to go and make something beautiful for my easter table now.
As always, Becky is around if you need to ask any questions, fire away and let us know if you’ve been inspired by her Easter tree.