Wednesday 8 April 2020
My school closed 3 weeks ago now – and like the majority of teenagers, I am fed up with being indoors. My days revolve around doing schoolwork which is set online – and every time I think I’ve finished, another task pops up - it’s never ending. To distract myself from the ever-growing mountain of work, I have been taking my Grandparents’ dog for a walk around the fields just outside our house. On one of these walks, my Mum crawled into the hedge and emerged with a dead branch covered in moss, proclaiming that we should turn it in to an Easter tree – we always have a tree at Christmas so why not have one at Easter too?
When we got home, we trimmed it, stripped off all the bark and moss and painted the branch using some leftover acrylic paint. When the paint was dry and we were happy with how it looked, we put the branch into a pot with cement (gravel would have done the job) and began decorating. We already had some ornamental eggs in the cupboard which we hung from the branches - along with some ribbons and other colourful bits and pieces we found around the house. Apparently, the tradition of decorating an ‘Easter tree’ originated in Germany centuries ago – I did try to find out why it had started, but no-one seems to know!
Since we all have so much time on our hands, why not have a go at making your very own Easter tree? But make sure to use a dead piece of wood – don’t go cutting down your neighbour’s trees! We would love to see some photos of your creations.
-a large dead branch, stripped of most of the lower twigs, but leaving some for hanging decorations
-acrylic paint of any colour (you could also Papier-mâché your branch, or cover it with washi tape!)
-clippers or strong scissors
-something to stand the branch in (alternatively, hang your branch horizontally over a doorway!)