An Easter tree might not be the most common of things here in Australia (it's big in Germany!) but they're too pretty to not try! We cut a branch straight from the backyard Camellia tree, but a dead branch, faux branch or even bunch of sticks in a vase is all that's needed to create a little Easter magic in your home. We especially love a hanging Easter branch over a table setting for Easter lunch! The decorations? Inspired by our beautiful Autumn/Winter 2021 Originals print Sophia. We created a printable of the print so you can print and use to make your own eggs (or just use patterned paper of your choice) and painted some blown eggs with a similar pattern. A sprinkle of fake flowers (or feathers or hanging beads) adds a bit of interest and colour too.
1: You'll need a few things:
Decorative paper. You can download our Sophia print here (we printed it out in two different sizes)
2. Fold the paper in half - print-side facing in - and cut a half egg shape out around the fold so when it opens you have an egg shape. Do three of the same size.
3. Glue the white sides of the folded eggs and join two of the eggs together.
4. Glue but don't press the third together until you've sandwiched in some string - fold the string in half so it creates a loop at the top of the egg. Glue the final sides together.
5. Use the excess string hanging at the end to thread a bead on and tie into a knot to secure. Hang!
For the blown eggs, you just need to remove the insides of an egg, clean and dry and then paint. To be the magician that removes the egg white and yolk without breaking it, follow these instructions:
1. Pierce a hole into the top of an egg with an egg piercer or nail/mattress needle. Wiggle a bamboo skewer inside to pierce the yolk to make it easier to blow out.
2. Turn the egg over and repeat the process at the other end. Make the bottom-egg hole slightly bigger as it will make it easier to blow the egg out.
3. Put your mouth over the small end and blow the egg into a container - use for meringues, omlettes or to bake an Easter cake!
4. Run the egg under a tap and shake the water around inside then blow it out again to clean the inside as best you can.
5. Leave to dry then simply use acrylic paints to unleash your creativity on. A permanent brush pen was used for the tiny detail in the flowers.
6. Use a tiny bit of double-sided tape on the tip of a bamboo skewer and wrap a piece of cotton around the sticky part and push up through the two holes in the egg to thread the cotton through. Use beads at either end to secure in place and hang on the branch.
Sophia is available in Legionnaire, Toddler Bucket and Ponytail bucket! You can find all our new Autumn/Winter prints here