We've never really celebrated Easter in a big way in our family, aside from going to Church and occasionally getting some Easter eggs! So I was quite excited to get a little more into it this easter and start some family traditions that Baby Duck can grow up with ❤
I'm sure you've seen this all over Pinterest! They are just gorgeous. But as with everything, I like to keep decorations simple, classy and homemade with a bit of character. So here is how we created our Easter tree, along with a bit of in depth meaning (I was an art student, we tend to do this!) about each element of our tree - I hope you like it!
Step One: Papier-Mâché Eggs
We made the papier-mâché glue ourselves using flour, salt and water. This meant that it was safe for Baby Duck to accidentally eat it and meant she could also be involved along with the big kids. We also used kitchen roll instead of newspaper as it was white and a little softer to mould around the egg.
Papier-mâché Glue Recipe:
1 cup plain flour
1 1/2 cups water
1 tablespoon salt
Mix all the ingredients together, making sure there are no lumps. If it it too gloopy for your liking just add some more water.
We had a lot of fun and games trying to figure out the best way to make these eggs! As usual, the way things played out in my head was no where close to the reality, so there was a lot of trial and error.
First we tried using hard boiled eggs as a mould for the papier-mâché, doing two halves and then sticking them together with more papier-mâché, but it took far too long to dry. We ended up getting bored of waiting, tried to dry it with the hair dryer, which was still taking too long, and then just gave up.
We also tried simply scrunching up some paper to make an egg shape and then using the papier-mâché to smooth it over and hold the shape, but we found it too soft and soggy and we didn't like overall lumpy shape.
Finally we settled on draining the egg from the egg shells by piercing a hole in the top big enough to let the egg out, but small enough so we keep the egg shape. We then put the papier-mâché over the egg shell, leaving the egg shell inside to keep the shape. Success!
We then use some pretty coloured tissue to papier-mâché over the top of the kitchen roll to make beautiful pastel coloured eggs and took it one step further by painting on some glitter!
We were happy with our eggs at last! And although they are not perfectly egg shaped, a bit bumpy and probably not something you would buy from the shop for your own Easter trees, they are special to us and that is the most important thing when doing these kind of crafts.
- I think using regular PVA glue may have meant quicker drying! But unfortunately no eating.
- It gets very messy, so lay down towels/table covers on the table as well as the floor!
- Adding salt will protect the glue mixture from mold.
- Keep the egg that you've drained to make omelette/scrambled eggs or what ever needs a lot of eggs!
Eggs & Easter: The Christian Story
There are two meanings I can think of for the eggs we give to each other at Easter time.
The more official meaning is that the egg represents new life and the resurrection. When the egg is cracked open, it represents the empty tomb after Jesus defeated death and sin.
Another story that was introduced to our family is the illustration of the Holy Trinity. An egg consists of a shell, a yolk, and an egg white. Yet all together, it is still one egg. The three parts create a unified whole, and that is how the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit operate.
I'm not sure where the idea of the Easter Bunny came from! So if you have an idea, please let us know!
Step Two: Create Your Tree
This step is fairly simple. All you really have to do is go foraging in your back garden or local park/wildlife area for pretty branches (already fallen from the tree I might add!) that you can put into a vase to form a pretty 'tree'.
Alternatively you can use a ready made tree that you have, or if you really wanted to you could go buy one!
We used some pretty blossom branches which came from some trees surrounding our house and general area. They are beautiful, and for me really represent the season of spring and new life. We also added some bamboo branches from a bush in our back garden. The branches we used are the first trimmings of the new spring growth (it doesn't grow much in winter, but springs into action as soon as the sun is out, the weather is warm and the ground is watered!) which I loved as this also really represents the season of spring for us in our Easter 'tree'.
You can use this step to make your tree look maybe a little more classy than your papier-mâché eggs which will really lift the project as a whole and still showcase your littlies beautiful creations!
Step Three: Add The Reason For The Season
That may have been a bit cheesy, but I really do want to bring to light what this celebration of Easter is about for Christian believers.
Today is Good Friday, the day Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice for humanity. The day he was put to death by sinners to save us all from our own sin.
Sunday will be Easter Sunday, which is so much more than the day we give each other Easter eggs. It is the day Jesus rose back to life, after defeating sin and death on our behalf. He created a way for us to be righteous before God, our creator, where we would have been separated before by our sinful nature.
It's so easy for us to forget about the huge sacrifice that was made on this day and focus on the chocolate eggs, Easter bunnies and fun crafts. In reality, we just spent the whole morning and afternoon playing, crafting and eating and not once did we mention that it was Good Friday or think about what Jesus has done for us on the cross.
So I've added a cross to our Easter Tree. A universal symbol of Christ and his sacrifice. A symbol of love. And a reminder to everyone that we are no longer slaves to sin, and that if we accept him, we are righteous in his eyes. And I hope to keep Jesus in the forefront of our mind this Easter season ❤
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him." John 3:16-17 (The Bible)