My Easter Tree Decorations-
I love any excuse to bring a bit of the outside country into our cottage so having an Easter tree each year is heaven for me - it combines two of my favourite things, blossom and decorations.
The tradition for Easter Trees comes from Germany where hanging eggs on branches, both inside and outside has been a part of their usual Easter celebrations for hundreds years.
It’s incredibly simple to create and yet really effective. You can also scale it up or down, according to the effect you wish it to have. It can look lovely as a table centrepiece, or on a chest of drawers or mantelpiece. Mine, this year, is using branches of salix, or pussy willow, which are spread quite broad so it is taking pride of place in our living room on the sideboard.
At this time of year, there are plenty of branches you will most likely have in your garden which you can use - there is blossom, magnolia or pussy willow. My sister uses some twisted willow in a vase which she has out all year round but simply changes the decorations according to the season.
Some people just like to use blossom twigs and then leave it like that, in its own natural beauty. But I love to add on a few simple but beautiful decorations.
You can of course make your own Easter decorations by blowing out eggs and painting them - obviously a lot of messy fun if you have small children. This year on mine I have got two of our beautiful handmade ceramic running hares with their delicate green and white striped ribbon. I’ve hung three of the handmade book paper eggs with the oversized ribbon in sage green. I also bought some utterly exquisite glass baubles from The Little Vintage with carefully preserved flowers inside them. Altogether this is enough for my tree. And it all works beautifully with my room and more importantly, gives us all joy every time we see it. My littles find it fascinating to look at all the decorations and as we’ve used branches, they last for ages. We’ve had ours up for for ten days already!
Do you decorate an Easter tree? If not, go on try it!