Thursday, March 26, 2015

Simple Easter Tree {How To}

One of the coolest Easter traditions celebrated in Austria, Germany and Switzerland is the Osterbaum or Easter tree. Around Easter, the locals will collect branches, twigs and sticks and decorate them with painted egg ornaments and other little Easter trinkets. 
{Interesting fact: there are whole stores that exclusively sell the most beautiful hand painted eggs just for decoration of an Osterbaum}
In some parts, they also decorate whole trees in their yards, very similar to how we decorate Christmas trees.
Last year, while I was living in Switzerland, I wanted to make a really large Easter tree but was unable since I was due with Jake only a few days later. So this year I was determined to make one right here in California to hang some of the ornaments I bought last year. The idea here is to make something that will work for an Easter tablescape. 

Supplies:
  • Sticks, twigs or branches
  • Floral Foam
  • Fake flowers, blooms or berries 
  • Spray Paint
  • Easter Ornaments, trinkets and ribbon 
Directions:
  • Break the branches, twigs and sticks to the desired sizes
  • Stick the branches into the floral foam, making sure they are in there nice and tight
  • Cut the ends off the fake flowers so that they are short and fill in a nice base at the bottom of your tree. 
  • Spray paint the top of your tree for a cool effect (optional)
  • Hang cute egg or Easter ornaments on the branches of your tree and decorate to your liking. 


While I was outside looking for branches and sticks, I recruited the neighbor kids {since my own kids couldn't be bothered} and had the hardest time, since Spring has sprung and not many trees are losing branches. And yes, I did consider taking an ax to a tree but decided against it and not to hurt the perfectly healthy tree. 
Now, I will say that this is the easy, simple way of making a nice Easter tree for pretty cheap. The branches and sticks were free, I had the spray paint left over from another project, and the flowers and floral foam were from the Dollar Tree. The whole thing cost me $3 and only about 10 minutes to make. 
You can add as many branches of different sizes to your tree and paint it any color you'd like (or not at all). The idea here is to get creative and let the Spring show through your design. 
Have a very happy Easter!



51 comments:

  1. I love your Easter tree. So adorable. Your group has some outstanding talent.

    Thanks for stopping by Comedy Plus.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. Thank you! I hope you have a great week ahead and enjoy the Easter holiday!! xx

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  2. This is beautiful. I've noticed a few shops here in the UK now selling these, I really wanted to get one last year, but they're quite expensive to buy and I couldn't convince my husband! I think I may have a go at making my own now you've shown how easy it is x

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I've also seem them popping up more and more around Europe! You're so lucky to be in the UK for Easter! And yes, you can make one pennies and even make your own ornaments! Have a wonderful Easter! xx

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  3. Love the photos and ideas! I still struggle with the idea that it's autumn over Easter time in South Africa, and I've lived here for 20 years now - half my life. You can link this post on my weekend linky:
    http://abooksandmore.blogspot.com/2015/03/easy-chocolate-cake-recipe-with-weekend.html

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    1. How wonderful though to get things a little different! I dated a man from SA many years ago and thought it was wonderful how the seasons differed than the US. Enjoy a cool-ish fall Easter!! Thank you for stopping by!! xx

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  4. Love if you share this incredible post at my Fabulous Friday Party
    http://www.simplenaturedecorblog.com/fabulous-friday-party27/

    Thanks
    MAria

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  5. Love this! You inspired me to make my very own easter tree. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Great!! I'd love to see how it turns out!! Happy Easter!! xx

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  6. Ashleigh what a fun idea, I keep branches on my entry way, I will get some things and make it into a Easter Tree. I love how yours turned out.

    Happy Sunday
    Karren
    xoxo

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  7. What a cute idea! And a fun Easter tree. I am visiting from Katherine's Corner Blog Hop. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Very cute! My grandma has one that is similar.

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    1. Very cool! I love all Easter Trees! Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!

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  9. Such a cute tree! I'll have to make one next year!

    Thank you for sharing with us at #MommyMeetupMondays!

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  10. Oh I love this idea! I bet kids love decorating it! This is such a creative idea, i never would have though to use the florist foam. Thanks for linking this up for the Let's Be Friends Blog hop!

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    1. Thank you and have a wonderful Easter !

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  11. Your tree is beautiful, I have never had an egg tree before. Found you from Wordless Wednesday, my first time co-hosting.

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    1. Thank you ! It's a fun and different craft for the kids. Happy Easter!

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  12. I had no idea this was a European tradition. What a fun find! Thanks for Hosting at the Oh My Heartsie Girl Wordless Wednesday! I look forward to seeing you again next week!
    Mary
    Jingle Jangle Jungle

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    1. Thank you and enjoy your holiday weekend! xx

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  13. That's pretty cool. I would never have thought to do an Easter tree. Love it.

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  14. Such great ideas! I'd like to try making an Easter tree one of these days.

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    1. Thank you, you should! So easy and inexpensive! Happy Easter! xx

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  15. Hi, Ashleigh! Your Easter tree is lovely! My kids would love to help make one! Enjoy your day! xxChristine

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  16. Hi Ashleigh, your Simple Easter Tree is adorable. Thank you for posting it to Friday Favorites Link Party! Check out this week's party at Mustlovehome.com to see your post Featured!! Hugs- Christine

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    1. Thank you for the feature and for the link up! Have a wonderful Easter! xx

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  17. Love your Easter tree! Thank you for sharing with us at Brag About It! Hope you'll join us again next week.
    ~Laurie

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  18. What a cute little tree! I love it!
    Thanks!
    Sarah (www.sarahefrazer.com)

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  19. This is a lovely idea! Guess you had so much fun making this too!Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board.

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  20. Wow, that is one really cute Easter decor idea. Thanks for sharing at TGI Saturdays.

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  21. it looks awesome indeed..love the colorful one..Happy Easter :)

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  22. This looks amazing! You are so talented. Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for being a part of our party. I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. Happy Easter! Lou Lou Girls

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    1. Thank you for the pin and tweet!! Have a very happy Easter and weekend! xx

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  23. Your tree looks great! We have an Easter Egg tree on our dinning room table that my wife always puts out. She lived in Poland and Germany for 8 years as a child, I wonder if that's why she does it. I never asked her, I just always assumed she just saw it in a magazine somewhere. Have a great Easter Weekend thanks for linking up the the #BigTopBlogParty

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    1. Thank you! My Polish relatives always had one, too! My mother in-law in Austria always has the most beautiful one on the dinning table. Ask your wife; I'd love to know if that's where she got the idea!! Happy Easter!!

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  24. This is so pretty! I've never heard of an Easter tree, I would love to have one in my house, pinning. Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend? Happy Easter and I hope you will join us again this Monday!

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  25. What a fantastic centerpiece and it actually does look pretty simple! Great idea. Thank you for sharing at #MommyMeetUpMondays. :)

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