I have decorated an Easter tree since the apprentice was quite small. I have no idea where this tradition started, but it is one that carries foward and grows for us each year. This is how we do it.

First blow your eggs. Not everyone knows how to blow eggs, so here are the instructions πŸ™‚

Using either a needle or a pointed small knife chip a small hole in each end of an egg.

how to blow an egg

Insert a cocktail stick, or a long needle, into the egg from either end and “stir” the egg inside the shell to scramble it.

blowing eggs

Blow through the top hole (you need a bit of puff here) and blow the egg out through the bottom hole. Not everyone is comfortable doing this and, if you are worried about salmonella from the raw egg, you can make one of the holes a little larger and place a drinking straw into the egg to blow through.

You now have a hollow egg to work with.

Take a wooden skewer and thread the egg onto it. Place a piece of plasticine, play dough, blu tack or (failing any of these) sticky tape around the skewer below the egg to hold it in place. This enables you to work with the egg without having to hold it.

Apply a first coat of paint. This first coat can be any paint you have to hand – we usually use white or magnolia emulsion. The first coat is only there to give the main coat a key, so it doesn’t really matter what you use – although a pale colour is preferable.

decorating eggs

Place your eggs, on their skewers, into anything that will hold them until they dry. We use a potato to stick the skewers in, but you could use flower arranging foam, plasticine, or anything else you have handy.

drying painted eggs

When dry, paint them again with whatever colours and decorations you like. Poster paints work well for this, although I think acryllics would work well too.

decorating eggs

Leave them to dry out completely, and then paint them with a final coat of PVA glue. If your children have never used PVA glue, they may have hysterics at this point as you merrily cover their works of art with white “paint” but you can reassure them that it will dry clear and they will be able to enjoy their handiwork again. The PVA glue gives a final polish to the eggs, and also lends them a little more strength than they would have otherwise.

Leave to dry out thoroughly ready for the final stage – fitting them with hangers and decorating your tree πŸ™‚

Painted eggs

Easter egg tree part two