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First, we went outside and found a bunch of sticks that we could hang the eggs on. It was really fun to gather sticks together. Most were a pretty light color, but some were dark and didn’t coordinate well. I put a (large tee shirt) on my son, covered our table with paper, put some acrylic paint out, and let him paint. I ended up helping him because he wasn’t great at covering the whole branch, but I really tried to not intervene at all and let it be his work. It was really fun to paint together.
After the paint dried I arranged all the branches in a large vase and hung up the pretty egg ornaments. My son loves seeing his painted branches every time he walks by. I really love the multi-colored Easter egg ornaments in contrast with the natural branches and the solid bright paint. I should’ve have put something heavy in the jar to help keep it steady. It never fell, but it would’ve been a nice touch.
It’s right in my entry, and it makes me happy every time I pass by it. I love the history and nostalgia of the eggs paired with the branches painted by my son. I love seeing a juxtaposition of new and old and including children is our family traditions even if it’s in a small way. I remember playing with these Easter egg ornaments as a child, and when my children are older they’ll get to play with them too.
Some of the eggs are very simple, but others are ornate and beautifully painted. They are made from paper, wood, and paper mache. There are even little figures and baskets. It’s pretty amazing to think of all the handwork that was put into each ornament, and we were able to put our own handwork into the branches. It’s a way to carry on the legacy of beautiful handmade work. I can’t wait to display these gorgeous eggs next to these adorable handmade Easter bunny baskets!