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Easter tree/ Osterbaum

Ok peeps, how do I make an osterbaum? I have only seen it once at a friends house years ago...
I have the easter eggs (for hanging) but I don't know how to set it up and I don't have the base...what do you use for the tree?
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Old 22.02.2021, 15:37
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Re: Easter tree/ Osterbaum

I just use some twigs and put the stuff on those, in a vase.


Not a real tree I know, but it does do the trick.
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Re: Easter tree/ Osterbaum

What Roegner says

But - world of caution - if you use sticks, make sure the things that you would like to hang onto them are not too heavy. Otherwise it will all end up on the floor. With broken glass. And water. Trust me ;-)
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Old 22.02.2021, 18:33
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But - world of caution - if you use sticks, make sure the things that you would like to hang onto them are not too heavy. Otherwise it will all end up on the floor. With broken glass. And water. Trust me ;-)
I bought some eggs which are for hanging - so they are very light. but yes, i will look out for a sturdy branch/ tree structure. I wonder if i can just take something from the forest?
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Re: Easter tree/ Osterbaum

If you or a kind neighbor willing to share have a forsythia bush, cut some branches in bud for forcing. These make a lovely Osterbaum in a vase, with the addition of cheerful yellow flowers soon.

If you don't have access to a bush, Forsythia branches should start showing up in the florists soon, along with those twisty curly branches I can never remember the name of, which also make a lovely Osterbaum arrangement.

If you want something a tad more sustainable, look for a young dormant potted dwarf tree or bush. I've done this with a balcony blueberry, for instance. You can hang easter eggs on the bare (or in new bud) branches now and enjoy the Osterbaum inside, then later put out in a planter on your balcony or plant in the garden.

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You can generally pick up fallen branches from the forest, but cannot dig up a plant or cut branches off a tree/bush. Look for signs indicating any other restrictions.
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Old 22.02.2021, 19:45
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Re: Easter tree/ Osterbaum

melloncollie, I think you mean curly willow (Salix tortusa). It makes a good Easter tree, and you can keep it in water until it sprouts roots, then plant it!

I'm going to use my forsythia bush cuttings, with blown eggs gold-gilded, and blue-and-white chinoiserie eggs I made with paper servietten plastered on with watered-down white glue.

Any branches that have lateral growth are good: hazelnut, beech...go looking!
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melloncollie, I think you mean curly willow (Salix tortusa). It makes a good Easter tree, and you can keep it in water until it sprouts roots, then plant it!

I'm going to use my forsythia bush cuttings, with blown eggs gold-gilded, and blue-and-white chinoiserie eggs I made with paper servietten plastered on with watered-down white glue.

Any branches that have lateral growth are good: hazelnut, beech...go looking!
Yep, that's how it's done: Blown eggs and your own art on them.
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melloncollie, I think you mean curly willow (Salix tortusa). It makes a good Easter tree, and you can keep it in water until it sprouts roots, then plant it!

I'm going to use my forsythia bush cuttings, with blown eggs gold-gilded, and blue-and-white chinoiserie eggs I made with paper servietten plastered on with watered-down white glue.

Any branches that have lateral growth are good: hazelnut, beech...go looking!
sounds lovely! i am only a beginner but would be nice to one day make my own eggs too.
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Re: Easter tree/ Osterbaum

After my sister appropriated all the antique Pysansky eggs we had as kids, I had to make my own. Pysanskys are made with wax relief, using a special pen that emits liquid wax. It's beyond me! Instead, I prick the ends of eggs and blow the contents into a bowl. Wash and dry completely, plug holes with wax. If you google Chinoiserie eggs, you can see how to easily apply torn-up pieces of single-ply paper cocktail napkin to the eggs using thinned white glue. If I can do it, anyone can. This year I'm making eggs gilded with gold metal foil.
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After my sister appropriated all the antique Pysansky eggs we had as kids, I had to make my own. Pysanskys are made with wax relief, using a special pen that emits liquid wax.
You can try this, it is easier. We do our own "pens" - use candle wax from lit candle (then we dye the egg) or a melted wax crayolas, stick a pin into a back of a pencil. 'draw' pictures on the egg with that pin dipped in the wax.




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Re: Easter tree/ Osterbaum

You got two options Swissotter,

One is to use cut long twigs, preferably forsythia or hazel/witch's haze, but alternatively you can also use birch.

Weigh down a vase inside with pebbles, fill with water, put in the long twigs and start putting your decor on.

Or you could do it outside, like I do now and decorate a shrub in your garden.

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You got two options Swissotter,

One is to use cut long twigs, preferably forsythia or hazel/witch's haze, but alternatively you can also use birch.

Weigh down a vase inside with pebbles, fill with water, put in the long twigs and start putting your decor on.

Or you could do it outside, like I do now and decorate a shrub in your garden.
I can't do outside EE (i only have a balcony with no plants there at the moment) but thanks for a photo of your osterbaum, looks lovely! I'm considering to hang my eggs on a chinese window frame i brought over fm SG. i just found it still packed away till today

just noticed the ribbons, good idea, didn't think of that...
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Old 23.02.2021, 17:26
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Re: Easter tree/ Osterbaum

and I'm also making pink tissue-paper flowers (oh, shades of fourth grade!) to hang. I just remembered some blown-glass eggs I bought in Germany many years ago, packed away in some move (we've lived in 10 countries) and forgotten. It will look quite gay, I think. Let's all post piccies!
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just noticed the ribbons, good idea, didn't think of that...
Before I moved to where I am now, I always had an Easter tree in a super tall vase. There also hung tiny drawings on the topic of easter made by my kids.

Now for the tree outside:

I use really light-weight plastic Easter eggs (mine are certainly over 30 years old, a remnant from when my kids were tiny), felted flowers and light wood items such as rabbits and chicken, and lots of coloured ribbons.
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So I finished my first osterbaum. I used a chinese window frame I had.



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So I finished my first osterbaum. I used a chinese window frame I had.
What a neat idea! It looks great.
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Re: Easter tree/ Osterbaum

I love this made from a Chinese window frame, it's very pretty

I have one of those twig arrangements that has LED lights on it in my basement, bought it when we were in our first apartment as we didn't have a Christmas tree. I have a big floor standing vase I use with it, so plan to decorate that for Easter.
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Re: Easter tree/ Osterbaum

Swissotter, you could have used my chinoiserie eggs--would have fit right in. I also blew some more this week and gilded them (gold)...snagged a big piece of curly willow at the baumarkt and figured on hanging it in the front window horizontally, with the eggs hanging from it and a bird nest somewhere. Work continues apace.
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Swissotter, you could have used my chinoiserie eggs--would have fit right in. I also blew some more this week and gilded them (gold)...snagged a big piece of curly willow at the baumarkt and figured on hanging it in the front window horizontally, with the eggs hanging from it and a bird nest somewhere. Work continues apace.
sounds interesting -pls show us photos ��

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On a related note, is it time to decorate Easter trees yet? I ask because when we lived in Germany we took the cue of the neighbors of when it was time. Now that we live in Lausanne, no one around us seems to do it, but we like the tradition so we would like to keep it up. We just weren't sure when it was time.
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