Easter Holiday Tree

Instruction and information for a do it yourself design that everyone can handle.

Easter is right around the corner. I'm not a religious person, but I do love Easter. Ever since I was a little girl, it has been my favorite holiday. My mother always created a basket filled with goodies and treats, and hid it for me to find. So much fun! Even though I live on my own, we still carry on that tradition.

Now that I'm older, I focus more on subtle ways to design my home for Easter. I came up with something really cute that is so easy to do, you can get your kids involved. Not only is it affordable, but it brings you closer to nature as well.

Materials: Two large branches, pencil, glue, scissors, decorative paper & container, string or thread, hole puncher, paper punches and cloth.

First, collect two large branches from your backyard or the nearest park. Choose ones that have smaller branches attached. Wipe with a damp cloth. Pick a decorative container like a vase, pitcher or a vintage jar that is big enough to hold the branches. Insert the branches and stand them up.

Take a nature walk with your children at the  or ask some neighbors if you can search their yards for any branches if you don't have any. Visit the on Sunrise Highway to see if you can find a Easter-themed vessel or container.

Now, gather up your paper and materials. Choose decorative paper that carries an Easter theme. You want pastels and cute patterns. It's best to use a card stock because it's heavier than normal paper. You can even use old greeting cards if you have them.

Stop by on Brower Ave. and on N. Park Ave. for stationary and decorative paper.

Draw some cute Easter-themed images on the paper and cut them out. They should be no larger than five inches. If you want to use stencils for this part, fine. It makes it much easier. You should make about four or five of these cutouts. 

Use a hole puncher to create a small hole in the corner of each shape. Tie string or thread through the hole and make two knots so it can't slide back through the hole. Hang the shapes on a couple of branches and try to distribute them evenly.

For smaller shapes, use paper punches to create other images to add to the tree. Glue them to the branches for pops of color. Hold down for a couple of seconds to make sure they stay. If you want to add a ribbon or another decorative feature around the container, feel free.

You can find many supplies for this project at  on Merrick Road and on N. Village Ave.

Now you have a natural and festive presentation for your home. You can keep it in the middle of the dining room table, in a corner or in your entryway. Wherever you put it, this holiday tree will be sure to bring smiles on people's faces.

Rita Etienne Blickstein May 01, 2011 at 12:39 PM
Melissa, Many years ago, when I was growing up in RVC, I was in a 4-H group on the South Side of RVC. We had a wonderful leader, her name was Mrs. Beck. She taught us many things and one Easter, when my mom was very sick, and dying in the hospital, she had us all make an Easter Tree for her. It included a branch, as you have done, but we colored eggs when they were raw, blew out the inside, and hung them on the tree. Of course it was a little more detailed than this, but you get the idea. We put it in a pot and put grass around it (fake Easter grass, that is) and cracked some of the eggs in half and put little chicks in it. We had a lot of fun doing it and my mom loved it. If you know Mary Bossart, Mayor of RVC, ask her about it. We were together in the 4-H group and just recently talked about making that tree some 48 years ago. Sure wish I had taken a picture of it. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us in Rockville Centre Patch. Rita Nofi Etienne Blickstein
Melissa O'Connor-Arena May 04, 2011 at 10:21 PM
What a great idea Rita! So nice of you to share such a nice memory as well. I actually don't live in RVC but it's good to know there are groups such as the 4-H group that inspire people to be creative. Always good to hear :)


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