Easter isn’t typically one of those decorate-every-surface-of-the-house holidays for me. I own exactly one white ceramic bunny who stays outside year-round for “whimsy-factor” (read: I’m too lazy to move him). But last year I made my first Easter tree and I’ve been inordinately excited about breaking it out again ever since.
I know what you’re thinking. But Easter is this weekend!!! I don’t have time. It’s too late. I might as well go eat 1,000 Peeps to drown my sorrows. Well, it’s not too late. You can whip this up in a few minutes, and it actually looks its best when it’s just enjoyed for a week or so anyway.
So let’s get down to business. Here comes the material list. It’s complicated so you might want to write it down:
- A large vase (this is the one I have)
- A few long branches from outside
- Some hanging egg ornaments
Yup, that’s it. My eggs are from World Market last year, but the ones they sell now are pretty similar. They’re on sale at the moment, so you’re getting 36 eggs for $9 (I’m no math whiz, but I’m pretty sure that breaks down to like a quarter per egg). There are also these similar versions and these sequined ones if you’re feeling fancy. Or you could use real blown out and dyed eggs if you make those with the kids.
Step one is to go outside and clip some branches. Last year I cut a few branches from a flowering forsythia bush, but this year I went dogwood. I know, I’m a wild woman. Two things to note: this also looks cute if you just have a leafy branch or even a bare one (so it still works in colder or warmer places – don’t worry). John’s mom told me she reused some bare branches that she had spray painted white for years when John was growing up. The moral of the story? Colorful eggs hanging off of any long stick-like thing = universal cuteness.
Second thing: When cutting your branches, if you have a deep vase with a narrow neck like mine, try to cut them so the base of the stem (before the branch splits) is long enough to reach the water without having to fill the vase crazy high.
Now here’s where it gets complicated. You have to hang your eggs on the branches. Is this joke getting old? I just love how easy this is. Seriously takes five minutes.
The flowers don’t last forever but they definitely look awesome for 7-10 days, so I usually make my little tree around a week before Easter and we’re golden.
That concludes the full and comprehensive tour of our Easter-ified house. I know it was a whirlwind. You really are a trooper for making it this far.
Happy Easter everyone! Here’s hopping yours is eggcellent. (You didn’t think I could get through this without a few corny mom jokes, did you?)
Oh and because I know somebunny’s wondering (HA!), here’s our console table, our inlay mirror is sold out but I *love* this one, the baskets are from here, the office chair is this one, the rug in the office is from here, the office shelving systems are these, the round gold mirror is from here on clearance, so it’s CHEEP! (#cantstop #wontstop), the white lacquered desk is this one, and the wall colors and all other sources in our house are listed on this page for ya.
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