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Easter Egg Tree

In Germany and Austria, it's customary to celebrate Easter by hanging hollow eggs from the branches of trees. This year, bring the tradition indoors by creating a unique display for your blown and decorated eggs.

Materials

  • Ice bucket (optional)
  • Floral foam (optional)
  • Grass (optional)
  • Branches, such as pussy willow, flowering quince, magnolia, forsythia, or cherry blossom
  • Vase (optional)
  • Pebbles (optional)
  • Ribbon
  • Large-eyed needle
  • Blown and decorated eggs

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Fill an ice bucket with floral foam, then insert grass and pussy willow branches. Or place pebbles and water into a vase, and make an arrangement using any type of fresh-cut branches, such as flowering quince, magnolia, forsythia or cherry blossom.

  2. Step 2

    Center a slipknot on a length of ribbon, and thread the ribbon ends through a large-eyed needle (or fashion a needle by folding a 12-inch length of 27-gauge wire in half; use the loop end to thread ribbon).

  3. Step 3

    Gently pass the needle through the holes at each end of the egg, and pull ribbon through. Before inserting the needle, decide which end of the egg will be the bottom; the hole from which the ribbon ends protrude will be the top of your egg.

  4. Step 4

    Double-knot the ribbon above and below the egg, then tie the loose ends to a branch with a bow.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, April 1999

Reviews (11)

  • anksheq1974 2 Feb, 2012

    easter tree

  • Viola_Purple 5 Mar, 2010

    and we do not hang the eggs on branches of trees outdoors - we hang them indoors on [filtered word] willows as shown...

  • Titan1 20 Feb, 2009

    This tradition is also customary in Scandinavia, not only Germany and Austria.

  • tabatha352 8 Mar, 2008

    I have found if you let the eggs reach room temp. before blowing them out is so much easier. Also I had planned to have a tin pail filled w/ my magnoilas that I have forced for my center piece but looks like they are going to bloom before my party so I will cut some more branches to force and hang the decorated eggs from the branches until the blooms appear(which will probably be a day AFTER my party).

  • cdbaldwin 7 Mar, 2008

    thanks karen, i have noticed many people are having issues marbleizing there eggs by using the directions that have been given. The outcome is a big greasy egg. we are doin ours tommorrow, what do u suggest to do?

  • mslo_karen 4 Mar, 2008

    Hi cdbaldwin, To make eggs to hang, you should first blow out and decorate the eggs. See our instructions here: http://www.marthastewart.com/portal/site/mslo/menuitem.3a0656639de62ad59...

  • mslo_karen 4 Mar, 2008

    Hi cdbaldwin, To make eggs to hang, you should first blow out and decorate the eggs. See our instructions here: http://www.marthastewart.com/portal/site/mslo/menuitem.3a0656639de62ad59...

  • ricci570 4 Mar, 2008

    i have been putting up and egg tree for just about 40 years now. when i first started the eggs i uses were all plastic. but as the years past i started making diffrernt kind of eggs every year using both real and strofoam eggs by painting , sequins and flowers, deco pauging ,using glitter. i also use a set of pastel lights on the tree. and now there are no plastic eggs at all on the tree and each year i use them they bring back memories of when i made them. a egg tree is truely a good thing

  • cdbaldwin 4 Mar, 2008

    I'm confused. Do we use real eggs and knock a [filtered word] in each end of the egg? if so, how do you make the eggs and where do you get them?

  • mickyghersi 4 Mar, 2008

    how nice, sabine, keeping the eggs from your childhood! i've adopted the easter tree tradition as soon as my son andrew was born, 10 years ago. i had a collection of little bunnies in different materials that i used to buy as a child and i'm using them together with the hollow eggs to decorate the branches.

  • sabinetroeger 4 Mar, 2008

    Im a German Mom and I do this raft every year again with my son,we love the eggs and safe them in eggcartons in the basement for next year. So after a couple of years we have many different designs in the egg-box.Im 31 years old now and stil have eastereggs in my basement from my Mom when I was a child....They are so cute and after 26 years still in good shape...