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Easter Tree

Do you have an Easter Tree?

Every year I love the first pussy willows, and I love to use them as my Easter tree. If the pussy willows aren’t out I will use other branches, but pussy willows are my favourite. I love the little fuzzy nubs, they remind me of bunny tails.

I used to have quite a collection of Easter ornaments that I would use year to year, I had some from Europe and other travels to decorate my Easter tree. I got rid of them in one of my decluttering moments years ago. And then I realized I missed my Easter tree, so now I use bows and small coloured eggs that either my grandkids have decorated or that I pick up at the dollar store.

For me it is more about the pussy willows. If you place them in plaster or rocks with water, the branches will still bloom. That way you have a mix of greenery with the colours.

This year I wanted to so something a bit different so I am making a few ornaments.
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This is one I would want to try this year: Natural Dyed Eggs

I made similar ones with my kids when they were much younger.

Supplies:
  • 1 (12-ounce) bag fresh cranberries; 1 head purple cabbage, sliced; skins from 3 yellow onions.
  • Assorted shapes of leaves, not dried.
  • Nylons (pantyhose), cut into tubes and tied on one end.

Step 1: In a large pot, over medium-high heat, bring 10 cups water and produce (1 colour per pot) to a boil; let boil for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to low, then strain and discard produce.

Step 1A: While the pot is boiling place the leaves against the eggs and wrap with nylon (old pantyhose). Tie the egg inside the hose tightly. If you twist the open end it makes it easier to tie. You want it to be tight enough to hold the leaves in place so the dye has a hard time getting underneath the leaves.

Step 2: After produce is removed, bring water back to a gentle boil, then stir in 3 tablespoons vinegar (1/4 cup for cabbage).

Step 3: Gently lower eggs into pot and boil for 30 minutes.

Step 4: Turn off heat, cover, and let stand for 2 to 3 hours, or until desired color is achieved. Remove eggs and transfer to carton; let cool.

You can also leave some eggs plain, with no leaves, and just colour. If you want to leave off the leaves you do not need the nylons.

I look forward to trying this one again.
Do you decorate eggs? Will you be decorating an Easter tree this year?
​Let me know what your Easter traditions are.

Have an Amazingly Creative Day,
Larissa
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