Easter crafts inspired by nature

Easter crafts inspired by nature

by Karen Bradbury
Stripes Europe

In the run-up to Easter in this extraordinary year of 2021, we can’t help but to be doing things a little differently. With time on our hands for stiller pursuits, could this be the year we give up on the commercially bought crafts we’ve grown so used to in favor of hand-crafting the signs of the season ourselves? Here are five craft projects built around using nature’s bounty and natural products. These promise as much joy in the making as there is in beholding.

Springtime wreaths: Remember those straw circles used as the base for Advent wreaths? It’s time to pull them out of storage and repurpose them as showpieces for the glory of nature in full blossom. First find twigs or vines with enough flexibility to allow them to be wrapped around the frame. Some types of straw or ivy can work for this too. Next adorn it with branches, feathers or other items discovered on a nature walk (these are still on the table for some of us). Add finishing flourishes in the form of budding branches or blossoms. When these wilt, pluck them off and replace them with fresh flowers.

Color your Easter eggs the natural way: You don’t need any commercially bought colorants to produce a beautiful pastel-hued batch of eggs. Boiling eggs with vinegar and the brown outer skins of an onion produces a pretty orange hue; beets turn eggs a rosy pink, red cabbage makes sky blue, coffee brings about brown, spinach results in green and turmeric produces yellow. For specific proportions and instructions, refer to How to Make Natural Easter Egg Dye on allrecipes or check out other websites.

Easter egg tree: Make like a German and create your very own Ostereierbaum. If you don’t have a tree, or even a yard for that matter, no problem: Just gather several bare branches, preferably with lots of sprigs, and place in a large vase. Tie homemade, decorated eggs onto it with pretty ribbons, yarn or string. Hollowed-out eggs work well in this endeavor. For a quick trick on how to make blowing an egg’s contents out of its shell a breeze, see this from Instructables.

Blooming Easter egg: This cute craft is super easy to execute. When cracking open an egg, try to do so in a way that only damages the upper third of its shell. Wash the preserved shell inside and out with soap and water and allow it to dry. Prick a tiny hole in the bottom of the shell. Decorating is optional but if you do, it’s best to stick to all-natural products. Using a spoon, put potting soil into the egg and plant it with seeds of your favorite herbs. For added cuteness, you could place your eggs on a bed of moss or grass. Once the sprouts have shot up, plant egg and all into a window box, and voila- there’s your herb garden for the season. The eggshell will compost naturally into the soil.

Weave a whip from willows: A traditional element of Czech or Slovakian Easter is a braided switch, known as a pomlázka or korbáč in the respective languages. On Easter Monday, according to custom, boys would chase girls and swat them with these whips, part of a ritual said to endow the female sex with health, beauty and fertility. Even without the whipping, these woven branches adorned with colorful ribbons make a pretty decoration. Weaving these switches is something of a lost art these days, but those with patience and time on their hands might find transforming nine or ten willow branches into this symbol of Easter a fun challenge.

Have you made any crafts for Easter? Dazzle us with your creations!

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