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How to create an Easter egg tree

Updated on March 15, 2014

Some European countries have a tradition of hanging decorated eggs in a tree at Easter. I think that is a great idea because I like decorating my tree at Christmas and this gives me a second chance when spring arrives!

But rather than real eggs, I prefer to craft my own eggs from an egg carton. I fiind this gives great results with children as well because paper eggs are a lot lighter and they don't break. I may even keep these decorations for next year.


Supplies you'll need

  • egg cartons
  • ribbons
  • small pointed scissors
  • acrylic paint in various colors
  • paint brushes
  • glue gun
  • white glue
  • acrylic varnish (optional)
  • vase or flower pot
  • flat glass marbles or decorative florist foam
  • branch

Instructions

1. Separate the cells of the egg carton.

2. Cut the edge of each cell to form little "cups".

3. Take a piece of thin ribbon and tie it into a loop with a knot.

4. Pierce a small hole in one of the little cups with a toothpick or the tip of small scissors.

5. Pass the loop through the hole so that the knot is inside the “cup”.

6. Glue the knot to the bottom of the little cup with a glue gun.

7. Put white glue around the edge of one cup.

8. Glue the two cups together so that the edges match as closely as possible.

9. When the glue is dry, paint the "egg" in a colour of your choice.

10. Decorate using lines, dots, small flowers, etc. in contrasting colours.

11. Hang your decorations in a branch cut from a tree or shrub. I put mine in a vase that I filled with glass marbles. The weight of the marbles keeps the vase stable.

When you do this project as a family or with all the kids in a class at school, everyone gets to contribute their creativity and the result is truly the product of teamwork. It's a lot of fun!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      So creative and a lovely idea!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you Devika. Here you can buy little decorative trees for Easter but I thought.... what could I do to obtain more or less the same result but recycling again some egg carton :-) Thank you for taking the time to visit and commenting :-)

      Have a great weekend!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I did not think of this idea decorating the Easter tree sounds fun with your wonderful tips and detailed information. The step by step process is well-explained.

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      Catherine Taylor 5 years ago from Canada

      Another great kids craft hub, wish I had come across this one a few weeks ago. Will definitely give it a go next year.

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      Laura Brown 5 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      That's what we used to do with the egg cartons. But, I never thought to hang them from a tree. We would paint them with patterns.

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      kidscrafts 5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you all for your comments :-)

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      These are very, very cute!! Thank you so much for sharing :)

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      Sherry Hewins 5 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      That's a great idea to use egg cartons instead of actual eggs, especially with young kids. Eggs are so fragile. You could use the decoupage technique and hand painting on these if you wanted to. And what a simple and beautiful tree.

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      rutswife 5 years ago

      what a cute idea. im going to do this with my kids since there on spring break