While repurposing Christmas trees for other holidays has developed its own niche in recent years, Easter trees were a springtime tradition that we grew up with in my childhood home.
Basic and minimalistic, these are an easy way to make any home festive during the Spring season. The process is just a simplistic as the overall look, making for an easy project. Here are five quick steps to create your own Easter Tree.
- Gardening sheers or cutters
- Dead tree Branch
- Stepping stone mix
- Large planter
- Saran Wrap
- Spray paint of your choice
- Spanish Moss
- Easter ornaments
Step 1: Find A Large, Dead tree branch
Yep, you read that right. Spring is a fairly easy time of year to locate dead tree branches among the blooming branches. While visibility is still high because trees haven’t put on large leaves yet, it’s easy to see the size and structure of the branches.
The goal is to locate a branch that will stand up fairly straight once placed in a planter, like pictured above. You will need a good pair of gardening sheers or cutters for this step.
Step 2: Prune the tree branch
Start by locating the strongest limbs on the branch. They’ll be sturdy enough to hang eggs or ornaments from. The extra twigs and branches that create clutter or are weak, should be clipped and discarded. Again, a good pair of gardening sheers or scissors will be helpful here.
step 3: Spray Paint the Branch
Once you’re satisfied with the structure of the branch, grab your favorite color of spray paint, and coat the branch well. In my case, I started with white, but ran out. Then I switched to gold spray paint. In the end it created a gold and white marbled texture that I love!
Step 4: Mix Stepping Stone Concrete
You’ll need a solid anchor for your tree branch once it’s placed in the planter. In year’s past we’ve tried sand, potting soil, pea gravel and more. However, we found that stepping stone concrete worked the best.
Follow the directions to mix the sand mixture and water. After it’s mixed, line your planter with saran wrap and pour in the mixture. (This will protect the planter if you want to use it again).
Once the mixture is in the pot, place the tree branch in the mixture and get it situated so it will stand up straight.
Many of these take about 24 hours to dry, so the next step is patience! Make sure your branches the proper support. I placed mine in between two lawn chairs– doesn’t have to be fancy!
If you need a rec for stepping stone mix, here’s what I used: Stepping Stone Mix
Step 5: Decorate!
Here’s the fun part! Once your concrete is dry, it’s time to decorate.
First, you’ll probably want to make the base of the tree look a little prettier. Spanish Moss is a great, easy way to cover up the cement without taking away from the look of the tree. Here’s what I used.
Now, you can add whatever ornaments you like! Since this is my first year with my own Easter tree, I picked up a couple types of Easter egg ornaments from Hobby Lobby, as well as cute bird’s nests and some pastel colored lights.
And there you have it! A fun, easy way to make your home festive. And the kiddos will love it too! It’s the perfect place to put Easter baskets for the Easter Bunny to find.