Growing up on Glendale Boulevard my Mama would put Easter eggs on the trees in our front yard. Like all things that happened during my childhood there is photographic evidence that there were two Easter trees at our house. Here is tree one:
Tree number two was to the right and behind the white picket fence. I loved those trees.
It could possibly be that I am remembering my childhood all wrong, but I also recalled an Easter tree inside, so when I went hunting for pictures I laughed out loud when I found this photograph:
In our neighborhood you just don’t see anything as festive as an Easter tree, which is really too bad because they are the sort of nonchalant plastic holiday decoration a Jesus-y holiday like Easter really needs, so I decided to remedy the problem with an Easter tree of my own. Watch out Fairfield.
When I started to look into how to make an Easter tree I was stunned *stunned* that most trees are made with real eggs that are blown out of their shells, colored and then carefully tied with ribbon. My best guess is that I would be so nervous after handling the first three eggs I would either quit or end up breaking so many shells the whole project would end in calamity, I decided plastic eggs were probably best.
To complete this project you will need:
- Plastic Easter eggs (with holes already poked in them)
- Thin sewing needle
Of course you will also need a tree.
My tree, a verbena bush, still has snow on it, but I just worked around it.
The very first thing you will want to do, is cut your thread.
I had 48 eggs, so I cut 48 pieces of thread about 12 inches each. Cutting the thread first makes the process exponentially quicker.
The first few eggs I worked on the table because I was determined to be crafty and take lovely pictures for my blog, but I soon discovered that threading eggs is a huge pain in the ass.
I’m stubborn and I wanted my tree, so instead of my beautiful table, I used my knees. The first step is to open your egg and from the inside of the egg run your thread out through the top.
After your thread is up and out of the top of the egg simply bring it back through the opposite hole making sure the ends of the thread are toward the inside of the egg.
At the end of the loop tie a knot.
Then tie it again to secure the knot.
Pull the thread up from the top of the egg until the knot catches at the bottom of the top half of the egg.
Making sure the extra thread is not sticking out, simply close the egg.
Repeat the process until all of the eggs are completed.
All 48 eggs took me approximately 55 minutes after I figured out what I was doing.
When I was done stringing my eggs up I placed them all in one basket to carry them out to my tree. What can I say, I live dangerously.
Like my Mama and her Easter egg trees I absolutely adore my Easter egg tree. The entire time I was hanging the eggs I could not help but think about where we should plant our second verbena bush so next year we can have two.