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How to Make a German Easter Tree

Updated on March 23, 2012
a German Easter tree
a German Easter tree | Source

The tradition of making Easter trees started in Germany, and while the making of these trees (decorated with eggs) has not spread much wider than Germany itself, this is where the Easter bunny and Easter eggs actually came from.

Like Christmas, Easter, while a Christian celebration, is based on ancient customs, and indeed was originally celebrated to welcome the new spring.

Eggs and rabbits both symbolise fertility, the start of the growing season with new leaves appearing on trees and the return of growing grass, nesting birds, new life being created after the harsh winter months have passed.

Personally I love the idea of decorating trees with brightly painted and decorated eggs, and while it is possible to buy chocolate wrapped ready-prepared Easter eggs and bunnies, it is fun to make your own.

My childhood Easters were spent painting hard-boiled eggs with watercolors, and rolling them down a hill on Easter Sunday to symbolise the rolling away of the stone that occurred when Jesus rose from the dead.

It never occurred to me to hang them up on trees instead. What a wonderful idea! Thanks, Germany.

A short video clip of a German tree decorated with 1000s of eggs

How to prepare the eggs for hanging on a tree

Hard boiled eggs are quite heavy for tree branches, so ideally you want the egg without the insides.

To remove the egg yolk and white, simply pierce an egg at both ends with a darning needle.

Make one hole bigger than the other.

Make sure the needle has pierced the yolk as it will not come out when it is still whole.

Then blow through the smaller hole while holding the egg over a basin, and the egg content should come out pretty easily, especially if the egg is at room temperature.

You may break a few eggs first before you get the hole right, but at least you can always scramble the eggs so that they don't go to waste.

Break a toothpick in half, and thread string round it

the drawing on the right is the stick with the string looped round it. You want the string to be of equal lengths on either side of the knot in the stick
the drawing on the right is the stick with the string looped round it. You want the string to be of equal lengths on either side of the knot in the stick | Source

Push the toothpick through the hole in the egg, making sure that it goes in completely, leaving the string outside

take care when you insert the stick that the tied on string goes into the hole in the egg too
take care when you insert the stick that the tied on string goes into the hole in the egg too | Source

The stick should turn back into the horizontal position inside the egg, leaving the string firmly in position

gently pull the string to make sure it is well-anchored
gently pull the string to make sure it is well-anchored | Source
brightly colored eggs hanging from a German Easter tree
brightly colored eggs hanging from a German Easter tree | Source

Decorate the egg for Easter

Once the eggshell has dried out, you can use watercolor paints, oil paints or even kitchen food dye to paint the egg.

In Germany, eggs are highly decorated to increase their attractiveness.

You can dip the shell in a liquid glue and then roll in glitter or any other eye-catching materials.

If you have the time to spare, you can sit with a paintbrush and dab in spots of luminescent paint so that your egg will light up at night-time.

Really, the sky is the limit. There must be a million designs or more to make your Easter eggs the prettiest around, although of course, they will still look extremely attractive just dyed a primary or pastel color and hung on tree branches.

Making your Easter tree

If you have a tree or small shrub in your garden, you can hang the eggs from the branches, using the string you already inserted into your egg-shells.

Wind and weather will take its toll if your tree is in an exposed position.

You may prefer instead to lop a branch of a tree or shrub, preferably one with lots of smaller branches on which to hang your eggs, and one whose buds are starting to open, and bring it indoors, placed in a vase of water to keep it alive.

Place it in a prominent position in your house, where family and guests can see it. Tie your painted eggs on, and that is how to make a German Easter tree.

a German Easter tree decorated with lots of eggs
a German Easter tree decorated with lots of eggs | Source

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      Sarah Carlsley 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Wow!! This is awesome. Can you imagine hanging those all on that tree in that last picture? Not only that, but then taking them down? Oye!

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      mooboomoo 5 years ago from London

      I never knew this existed, it's a lovely idea and deserves to spread from Germany. What a fantastic way of decorating your home for Easter. SHARED, voted up and interesting.

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      GardenExpert999 5 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks Pinkchic and mooboomoo for commenting, and yes I agree it's a superb idea, and I plan to make one this year (and I'm not from Germany)!

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      Oh my goodness that German Easter Egg tree looks magnificent! That is so creative! I'd be out of breath after blowing out 1000 egg yolks! Thank you for sharing!

      Voted up!

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      GardenExpert999 5 years ago from Scotland

      Doesn't it look wonderful! I imagine it took many years to prepare that many eggs. I believe the Germans just makes a few each year to add to their collection, saved over many years. What a super tradition! Thanks for reading :)

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      Anamika S 5 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Love this one! It's awesome... I remember making a similar one during my school days and it was fun. Hub voted up!

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      GardenExpert999 5 years ago from Scotland

      Oh lucky you! I'd not even heard about them until recently or I'd have been making them for years!

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      Brandon Lobo 5 years ago

      I've never heard of an Easter tree before - It seems a great idea :)

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      GardenExpert999 5 years ago from Scotland

      Isn't it just! I have just got to have one this year! I'll post photos :)

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      Brandon Lobo 5 years ago

      Ok Cool :) Looking forward to them ;) I'm at University and won't be able to go home this Easter so no Easter tree for me :D

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      GardenExpert999 5 years ago from Scotland

      You could have a little one in your dorm, with just a couple of eggs? Maybe not, students in my day couldn't afford eggs LOL

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      The Frog Princess 5 years ago from Florence area of the Great Pee Dee of South Carolina

      Such a beautiful way to celebrate the Easter Season.

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      GardenExpert999 5 years ago from Scotland

      Isn't it wonderful! Thanks for commenting :)

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      angie ashbourne 5 years ago

      Hi! Awesome Hub. vote up. Angie

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      GardenExpert999 5 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks Angie :)

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Beautiful tree and helpful article. I know you'll break a few eggs when you blow out the insides, been there and done that. The video and pictures are so perfect for your hub! Voted up.

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      GardenExpert999 5 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks! I should also have said you have to blow quite hard to get the yolk and stuff out, but if anyone reads down here they will see that.

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I have never seen an Easter tree...wow it looks amazing and it made me smile. I like it!

      Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination! This way please to read and vote http://pattyinglishms.hubpages.com/hubnuggets6/hub... Happy Easter!

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      GardenExpert999 5 years ago from Scotland

      Oh wow, thanks! Yes Easter trees are amazing, and are a German tradition that I think could spread easily as it is a great idea :)

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Loved your page about the Easter tree. My mother-in-law always had one in her house. Congratulations on Hubnuggets nomination. Voted Up

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      Brandon Lobo 5 years ago

      Congrats on being selected as a Hub Nugget :) I'm back here on this hub and I voted for you without hesitation as I read it the very day you published it ;)

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      GardenExpert999 5 years ago from Scotland

      Hey thanks you guys! Win or lose, this hub was fun to write:)

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      Brandon Lobo 5 years ago

      Haha that's true :) Anyway this hub is doing well I see so its great that's what you need!

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      GardenExpert999 5 years ago from Scotland

      This is so true lobobrandon and thanks :)

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      mizjo 5 years ago from New York City, NY

      Wow! This is a beautiful hub. I never knew about Easter trees before. And I've never decorated an Easter egg either. This should be a nice tradition to start with the grandchildren.

      Congrats on the HubNugget nomination.

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      GardenExpert999 5 years ago from Scotland

      Hey many thanks Mizjo :) It is indeed a wonderful tradition, and as you say, you can start a new one in your family!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      We used to make these when I was a kid! I didn't realize it was a German tradition (go figure, with a last name like mine!), so this is nice to know. I remember trying to pierce the eggs without breaking them, and blowing out the insides (which we used for cakes or scrambled eggs), and then painting them and hanging them on branches that were stuck in a vase or something. It was a sweet tradition, and I miss it. It was also a lot of fun as a kid!

      Voted up, beautiful and interesting.

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      GardenExpert999 5 years ago from Scotland

      Many Germans immigrated to the US and there are families all over the States who follow this tradition to this day. I'd never heard of it, but think it is wonderful. You should easily be able to make an Easter tree again, having mastered the art of egg-blowing as a child :)

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I'm trying to learn how to blow out an egg without breaking it. These are great ideas, thanks. I don't know how long the eggs would last here in S Fl where we have lots of rain and hot sun. Maybe indoors?? I voted this UP, etc.

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      GardenExpert999 5 years ago from Scotland

      I think the whole idea is that they are only outside on display for Easter, then taken back down and carefully packed away for the next year, just like Christmas trees. Thanks for the vote :)

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      Eileen Goodall 5 years ago from Buckinghamshire, England

      This is sooooo beautiful - and happening in my garden with the help of my daughter in the next couple of days - thank you so much for sharing this.

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      GardenExpert999 5 years ago from Scotland

      I'm making one with my grand-daughters too :)

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      farmloft 5 years ago from Michigan

      I've made these trees many times and saved and added eggs as the years went by, but what I would have given to have the toothpick trick for stringing them up! Congrats on your hub award!

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      GardenExpert999 5 years ago from Scotland

      Yes the toothpick trick is so easy to do and works perfectly. Thanks for the congrats on the hub award, but it didn't win - still, it is nice to have been nominated :)

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      avapril 8 weeks ago

      hi...I'm from Germany-thank you for the compliments. Even kindergarden-kids do this with wax-pencil or with smal brushes into the water-colour-box. Yes it is nice and funny together with your kids! You can make every kind of paint and creativ-mix (decorated with flower-picture, phantasie-picture, easter-picture, only red and blue, put some lines with a knife on your coloured-egg - interessting egg-art! With aquarell-colour etc. Its your phantasie! We hang the eggs on easter-trees or willow-trees into the garden or at home! you can mix it with other easter things - wood-eggs/wood-bunnys/bisquit-flowers or glas-ornaments/with tulips...selfmade things with coloured-eggs...Or only eggs-clean-deco. How you like it. We put into the floor/into the living-rooms or into the kitchen...all its possible. Than we make some easter-nests for the children in the garden. They have to surch at Easter-Sunday and look what kind of chocalate-eggs and easter-sweets the easter-bunny get lost...very cute with little children. They put there sweets into a basket. But the bunny can lost his eggs all over ... sometimes if you get not enough fun. Than we have easter-cakes and bread and coloured-boiled-eggs for breakfast. Yes...many cities have decoration with easter-eggs. And finally we have easter-fires and other tradionell crazy easter-ideas. Because live started again in spring. Easy to make some easter-eggs for your table:).

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