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What is an Osterbaum? Create Your OWN Easter Tree with Cute Ornaments that you Make or Buy!

What is an Osterbaum? Create Your OWN Easter Tree with Cute Ornaments that you Make or Buy!

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what is an osterbaumDuring the Easter Season, it is quite common to see an Osterbaum! But what is an Osterbaum? Osterbaum in German means Easter Tree… but what is an Easter Tree? Let me explain, and show you how can you make this lovely decoration for your home.

What is an Osterbaum?

Every year at during the Easter Season my mother would place a few budding branches in a vase and hang colorful painted eggs from them. This was an Osterbaum, an Easter Tree  Over the season, the buds would sometimes even bloom. So pretty! While these Easter Trees are quite common in Germany, I’m delighted to see them catching on here in the US.

In Germany, people also decorate live trees or bushes in their yard with colored eggs tied on with ribbon. Unlike Christmas trees, these trees are living, and don’t require a special stand or lights. Because it can still be grey and cold in the spring, these colored eggs add a festive atmosphere to neighborhoods and towns. The eggs can be plastic, wooden or real painted eggs that have been hollowed out.

The most famous of these Osterbaum trees is in Saarberg. For years Volker Kraft in Saalfeld, Germany has been adding more and more eggs that his family decorated to a tree in his yard. The final count was 10,000 eggs!

Saalberg Easter Tree

The Easter tree are can also be found inside the home. Usually they are made from branches cut from pussy willows or other flowering bushes. The cut branches are usually brought in the house and put in a vase to be decorated hollowed out real eggs, with hand painted wooden eggs, ribbon and little wreaths or nests. They make a lovely centerpiece for the Easter Table, or a beautiful decoration for your sideboard.

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You can easily create your own Osterbaum (Easter Tree).

what is an osterbaumOf course, you can buy Easter Egg Trees that are ready made, but many people prefer to make their own. This is a nice idea for any home where the kids may be too old to hunt eggs, but too young to want to give up Easter fun altogether.

Make you Own Osterbaum

Supplies:

Branches with buds or tiny flowers (Pussy Willows or Forsythia is nice)

Hollowed out Eggs (the video below explains how to empty them out)

-Ribbon or String to tie the eggs to the tree

-Paint, markers, sequins or decoration for the eggs

Paint or decorate the Eggs however you like… then send the ribbon through the holes, and tie it to your branches. There are a million videos or tutorials for decorating eggs… choose your favorite method.

You can Find the CUTEST Easter Tree Ornaments on Etsy!

This vintage set of 28 Vintage Easter Ornaments is perfect to decorate a whole tree! They come in a few different sizes, and lots of bright colors. Little eye hooks on top of each egg make hanging them easier. The MyBeautifulBavaria shop has loads of other lovely holiday items… and she has low shipping costs! Take a look….

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Start with a “Tree”

You need Branches or a bare tree. Pussywillow branches, both real and silk, are available online.

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How to Blow Eggs for Your Osterbaum

Easter Tree Video

Make Your Own Osterbaum Ornaments

You can blow out eggs… or find artificial eggs ready for decorating online. Just paint or glue on beads and ribbon, to make your own special Osterbaum Ornaments.!

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Find German Easter Ornaments Here-

You can decorate your Easter Tree with real eggs that you’ve made, or you can order some beautiful ornaments that were made in Germany. Wood, glass, felt, beaded, new or vintage… you can find just the right ornaments to compliment your style!

German Wooden Easter Ornaments

Wooden Easter Ornaments from the Erzgebirge are beautiful and colorful, and they can be handed down to future generations.

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Porcelain Ornaments from Villeroy & Boch

Villeroy & Boch is known for their high quality porcelain products. Every year they create new eggs to add to your collection. And at the moment… they are on SALE!

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Glass Easter Ornaments

These highly collectible, delicate and beautiful glass Easter Ornaments add shine to your Osterbaum.

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Felt, Paper, and Ribbon German Easter Decorations

Love a vintage look? Maybe you have strong memories of the 50’s and 60’s? There are so many adorable styles of Easter Tree Decorations!

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Egg Decorating Tutorials

Styrofoam Bead Eggs

Decoupage Eggs

Glitter Eggs

Ribbon and Sequin Eggs

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