easter craft ideas: how to decorate eggs

ever since our children were little we have painted and decorated eggs at easter. the first thing we do is go on a shopping expedition to source large eggs that make decorating easier. we look for duck eggs with their beautiful porcelain white shells and legbar eggs in the softest pastels. then we rush home with our hoard to blow out the contents, wash them and dry them ready to decorate. and of course it’s scrambled eggs for supper that night!|
eggs symbolise the start of new life. decorating eggs is an ancient spring ritual which dates back to egyptian and mesopotamian civilisations. christians use eggs to celebrate the end of lent, easter and the arrival of spring. early christians used eggs to symbolise jesus’ empty tomb, from which he was resurrected, and to this day some orthodox countries still decorate their eggs red in memory of jesus’ blood. there is a strong tradition of beautifully decorated eggs in slavic cultures, central and eastern europe, and painted eggs are also used in iranian new year celebrations at the spring equinox.

it’s fun to experiment with different types of decoration. in the past we have painted, drawn, sprayed, attached stickers, marbled them with old nail polish, dyed them with natural food dyes and even decoupaged them! There are plenty of techniques for all ages, and even the simplest colours or patterns by the youngest children look gorgeous. ours get more sophisticated each year as the children get older.

then we decorate our house with colourful eggs. we’ve got quite a collection now - some that we’ve decorated in previous years, some bought from markets and some from trips abroad. we dream of covering the branches of our ash tree in the garden with all our eggs… 

 

did you know?

in central germany, not far from leipzig, there is an easter tree which became world famous for 10,000 eggs. it all started in 1945 when volker kraft was a little boy and dreamed of having his very own easter tree. when he was married and had a family he began an annual tradition to decorate the garden tree with eggs every easter. he started in 1965 by decorating a sapling in his garden with eighteen coloured eggs, and with the help of children and then grandchildren the project grew and grew until 2012 when the tree had grown very big and the egg count reached 10,000. the tree attracted press and visitors from all round the world. volker’s dream had come true. 2015 was the final year for the easter egg tree…now it’s an inspirational story of how dreams can come true if you try hard enough.

 

teresa

 

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