Every Easter, Nita Heerk's mother bought Nita a new dress and put up an egg tree.
An egg tree celebrates the coming of spring. It can also be a wonderful symbol for Easter, representing new life and joy. And it is a great opportunity for anyone to express his or her creative nature, no matter how deeply buried.
The process above is simple, involves few items, and little expense. The end result: an artistic homemade item that can brighten a home, workplace, or church.
And don't forget to tell people, "I dyed THAT one!"
Find a Tree Branch
First, find a tree branch. Now that the snow is melting in the Northeast, fallen branches are plentiful. Pick one, preferably one that has an interesting shape.
Get a Container
Second, find a container. A metal bucket or large metal can filled with gravel will do. A vase will likely tip over. Although the eggs are light, the branch has to be stable so it won't fall--and crack all the eggs!
Preparing the Eggs
Third, create a hole in each end of a raw egg. Be careful not to press too hard or the entire egg will crack. Be sure to also press all the way through the egg's membrane. Repeat with another egg . . .
Empty the Eggs
Fourth, empty each egg by blowing through one hole. You can save the contents for a cake or cookies or pie! Be careful with the emptied eggs; they will be quite fragile.
Decorate Your Eggs
Next, color, paint, sticker, and/or dye your eggs! There are many ways to make eggs beautiful--try more than one technique, so the egg tree has a pleasing variety.
Thread the Eggs
Before hanging, thread the eggs. This can be aggravating--it is best to wait for the eggs to completely dry. Threading the string or ribbon through a button at one end can help keep it and the egg together.
Egg Tree in Action
Here are branches from an egg tree in Nita Heerk's childhood. This egg tree sat in a metal can on the counter and stood approximately 2' in the air. You can go smaller or even taller!