March 15, 2011
Decorations, sweets and twinkle lights turn any branch into a work of art!
Every year my kids and I make a “Spring Tree”. What started out as an Easter Tree has evolved over the years taking on new colors, decorations and styles. We love it so much that we hate to take it down after Easter, so we appropriately re-named it a “Spring Tree” and now it adorns our house from March through June.
Part of the fun is choosing the theme. We’ve had jelly bean trees, butterfly trees and – if you can believe it – bug trees. We’ve done Easter egg trees, gumdrop trees and spring flower trees.
What doesn’t change from year to year is the quality time we spend together creating our masterpiece, and the memories we make along the way.
Make your own Spring Tree
- A good branch
- Spray paint
- A bucket, pot or watering can
- rocks or stones
- floral foam
- yarn or ribbon
- Easter grass or candy
- decorations of your choice
1. You will have to start with an official “branch hunt.” It is crucial that this step is performed as a group. Look for a branch that is thin, but not too thin,and has many twigs branching out. Ideally you’ll want a branch that is 2-4 feet high. If you live in a warm climate you might get lucky and find a blossoming branch.
2. Spray paint your branch. White is the traditional color, but do not be limited by tradition! Any pastel or spring color will certainly add to the character of your tree.
3. Prepare your pot. We use a plastic sand bucket but you could use any type of bucket, flower pot or watering can. Fill the bottom with rocks or stones for weight. Then cut a circle of floral foam that will fit snugly in the opening at the top of the pot. Poke your branch through the center of the foam.
4. Cover the exposed floral foam with Easter grass, candy eggs, jellybeans, flowers or anything “springy.”
- Silk flowers or berries
- Jelly Beans
- Gum Drops
- Chocolate foil wrapped eggs
- Marshmallow chicks and ducks
- Mini lights, decorative lights or egg lights
- Bows tied with ribbon or yarn in spring colors
- Small bells
- Small plastic butterflies or bugs
- Plastic eggs
- Christmas bulbs in spring colors ( paint old large bulbs with craft paint)
- Small origami birds
- Hollowed out dyed eggs (color them raw then use a pin and poke a hole in each end. Blow the contents out and string a ribbon into the hole)
Tip: To make anything into a decoration simply take a piece of ribbon, yarn or fishing line, about 6″ long. Make it into a loop and knot it. For candy or soft materials; use a small straight pin, stick it through the knot and into the candy.For hard objects, glue the knot to the top of the item.
Share your creations!
If you make an Easter tree or Spring tree, snap a photo of your masterpiece and share it with us. We’d love to see your creations, and we can all get inspiration from each other.