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What is an Osterbaum? Create Your OWN Easter Tree with Cute Ornaments

What is an Osterbaum? Create Your OWN Easter Tree with Cute Ornaments

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During 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? These pretty little “trees” are generally made from cut twigs and short branches of pussy willow or forsythia plants. The branches go into a vase, and are decorated with eggs that have been blown out and painted, or small wooden ornaments. Easter Trees can be a family project, and ornaments can be added every year.

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).

Of 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.

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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.

These Vintage Easter Ornaments are 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. Start with a “Tree”. You need Branches or a bare tree. Find them in your garden (or the neighbor’s garden) or in the links above. OR use an actual mini Tree like these below.

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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!

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Glass Easter Ornaments

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

Kurt Adler Glass Decorative Egg Ornament, 45mm, Set of 9Kurt Adler Glass Decorative Egg Ornament, 45mm, Set of 9Kurt Adler Glass Decorative Egg Ornament, 45mm, Set of 9BestPysanky Mother and Baby Rabbit Blown Glass Christmas OrnamentBestPysanky Mother and Baby Rabbit Blown Glass Christmas OrnamentBestPysanky Mother and Baby Rabbit Blown Glass Christmas Ornament

 

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Egg Decorating Tutorials

 


Styrofoam Bead Eggs

Decoupage Eggs

Glitter Eggs

Ribbon and Sequin Eggs

 

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Comment(3)

  1. WOW, those are some awesome Easter decorations. When my grandson was little, we always hid Easter eggs on our land. He is now 24 years old and is no longer interested looking for Easter eggs. I never decorated my house with Easter items, only colored eggs and an Easter basket filled with candy and chocolates. Since my husband died, I have no longer interest in most holidays. Reluctently I will celebrate Christmas with my children and my grandson. Nothing is the same anymore with him gone. We used to have the 4th of July party up here on our land. We had a big swimming pool with a very large deck around it. Most of our customers from our business showed up. I had cooked for 3 days. My husband always took care of the swimming pool. He would not let me do it. After he got very sick, all that came to a stop. We always have pretty strong winds up here. The destroyed our swimming pool. 2 years after he had died, I had the pool taken down. I couldn’t take care of it. I was busy taken care of my husband. When a crew came up here to take the pool down, I watched them and cried, My husband always was very proud of that pool. We always had at least 25 people up here for the 4th of July party.. That pool brought many memories back to a happy time. My happy time is all gone now. He is dead for over 13 years and I still mourn his death. Wished I could turn time back when I was so happy with him. People here decorate the cemetery with Easter eggs. I’m not familiar with that and won’t do it. You all have a pleasant day. Gigi.

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