What is an Osterbaum? Create Your OWN Easter Tree with Cute Ornaments
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!
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.
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.
Make you Own Osterbaum
-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.!
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.
Egg Decorating Tutorials
Styrofoam Bead Eggs
Ribbon and Sequin Eggs