This might sound a bit like overdoing it, but when we got hold of these lovely rustic hand painted wooden eggs we knew that at Easter they would look fantastic when hung all over our apple trees. The family were coming over for a celebration and the inevitable egg hunt for the kids was on the cards. Imagine their reaction when they saw that the trees were fruiting real eggs. The younger kids were entranced. The adults appreciated our handywork and everyone lingered in the garden enjoying the moment. The eggs against the apple blossom looked particularly effective, but any small tree should look great.
if you cannot find wooden eggs, look out for foil covered chocolate eggs that already have a loop of ribbon attached ( hint: garden centres seem to stock them) if not, a dab from a hot glue gun at the top of a foil covered choccy egg will be enough to attach your own ribbon.
We are planning to cover the entire orchard with hanging eggs next year, so be sure to come back and see the photos.
I was hunting around for inspirational Easter activities when I found (via Pinterest) a picture of some really beautiful swirly marbled effect eggs. Not only is the result quite lovely, but the ‘how to’ photo shows how just three pins can make an effective drying rack for a dipped egg.
Beautiful marbled eggs using indigo nail polish
The credit must go to Sara Albers’ post on the excellent aliceandlois blog. I am definitely going to give this method a try. Resulting eggs can of course then be further treated as you would fingernails with a protective layer of see through top coat.
I have been thinking about decorations and it strikes me that much of the crafty ideas we use to make our homes beautiful at Christmas can be repurposed for Easter. Sure, there is a different colour scheme, but aside from that we can definitely take inspiration from the whole Christmas decoration world.
Firstly, the Christmas tree. No, I don’t suggest an Easter tree, but what does look great is a branch of witch hazel looks stunning in a vase in the springtime. Now let’s hang some decorations. We can take inspiration from Eastern Europe where this is an old tradition. They hang eggs (blown shells, wooden eggs or chocolate) all over the house from Russia to Belgium and all points between. In the UK, an influx of Polish immigrants have brought this wonderful tradition with them.
Using food as decoration (think gingerbread) has become a part of Christmas and can work wonderfully at Easter too. A display of mini simnel cakes can transform a sideboard.
There are some Christmas decorations that can be safely left alone at Easter (tinsel for example) but so many more ideas can be adopted with ease.
For example, once you know how to make small fabric stars and stockings for the tree, you also now how to make fabric eggs, doves and bunnies.
Paper chains are another Christmas tradition that might be adapted, but I have not tried this one yet. However, on the subject of paper, what about origami daffodils. They are easy to make and look fantastic.
For hundreds of years the tradition in Britain has been to eat Simnel Cake at Easter. Similar to a christmas cake (but a bit lighter) this cake is always decorated with 11 balls of marzipan (representing the eleven apostles of Jesus)
4 large eggs
225g self-raising flour
100g glacé cherries
200g butter at room temperature
200g light muscovado sugar
50g/2oz chopped candied peel
1 lemon, grated zest only
2 tsp ground mixed spice
The cherries (washed), butter, sugar, eggs, self-raising flour, sultanas, currants, candied peel, lemon zest and mixed spice are all first mixed together thoroughly.
Pour half the mixture into a greased and lined 20cm round deep springform baking tin.
Roll out a circle of marzipan the same size as the tin (about 150g) and place it on top of the mixture before adding the rest of the mix on top so the marzipan forms a middle layer to the cake.
Bake the cake in a pre-heated oven for around 2½ hours. Then allow to cool. Now warm some apricot jam in a sucepan and brish it over the top of the cooled cake. Now decorate with the marzipan. Either cover the whole thing, do lattice work, or whatever takes your fancy, but don’t forget to add the 11 balls in a circle around the top.
For a final flourish you can brush the top of the marzipan cake and the the balls with a little beaten egg and then lightly grill (or use a blowtorch) to add a little colour to the marzipan.
At Easter it is fun to offer the kids games with prizes. Lets not discuss the morality of competition today. I simply remember that my mum and dad used to do it for us when we were little and Easter was all the more spacial for it.
Easter Bonnet competitions. Basically make an decorate a hat. You can be quite vague about the rules and when it comes to the judging everyone should win a prize.
Biggest bonnet brize, wackiest bonnet prize, most elegant bonnet prize etc. Don’t exclude anyone.
Easter colouring competitions. This is really an excuse for a quiet 20 minutes. Give the kids a simple easter clipart image (there are plenty on this site), a pack of crayons and some paper and let them get on with it. If you get 10 minutes of quiet the competition has been a success and all the kids should be suitably rewarded.
Easter egg hunt. Hide a variety of chocolate eggs around the garden, tell the kids the easter bunny has been and go hunting. Be careful not to let the older faster kids take all the eggs or the younger ones will end up in tears.
Decorating blown eggs. Blowing the eggs is a grown up activity, but once the eggs are done, a competition can be arranged to decorate the eggs. Younger kids are likely to break the shells so have a spare or two blown for emergencies.
I drew this cute chick in its shell today and hope you like it.
A nice simple easter chick for colouring in.
I stayed away from eggs this year
And ate no chocolate bunny
I lost a little bit of weight
And saved a bit of money.
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