Join me in some crafting fun today as we’re making simple hand sewn felt Easter tree decorations.
Making an Easter tree is a tradition in some parts of Europe. When I was young, we used to go out and find curly willow tree branches with the soft budding blossoms on, telling us spring was here. Many families would decorate their Easter trees with colorful eggs in all sizes and a variety of items that remind us of spring.
Aside from the traditional mini eggs, there are so many fun, creative. cheerful ideas to decorate your Easter tree. This year we decided to sew felt eggs in all kinds of colors. It is going to look (and feel!) gorgeous.
This craft project is another one of our mother/daughter collaborations that we love so much. Miss Glitter (4) likes nothing more than to work alongside her mama, and I so thoroughly enjoy our precious time creating together.
Let me talk you through our creative process, as we usually make things up as we go along. Hopefully you’ll feel inspired to get out your craft supplies, hack down any random tree branch and make your own unique Easter tree decorations.
Make it Together: Simple Hand Sewn Felt Easter Tree Decorations
Here’s what we used:
- fabric scissors
- embroidery floss
- blunt needle with large eye
- tree branch and vase! (any pretty looking branch will do)
Once we had our materials out, Miss Glitter immediately went through all the felt to sort out the colors. She’s got some strong opinions!
While I cut out the first egg shape, I asked Miss Glitter to start lining up the felt she wanted to use and make a pile of the felt she didn’t want to use.
This gave me some time to cut out the felt and get started on blanket stitching around each egg shaped piece of felt.
You can let your children cut out the egg shapes should they want to. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it’s your tree and truly handmade decorations are way cuter than picture perfect ones.
Miss Glitter didn’t feel like cutting out anything, she was far to busy sorting out the felt and matching them with different colors of embroidery floss. Which is an important job to do of course.
For a while there we got into a comfortable rhythm of me stitching and her telling me what colors to use and why.
When she was done I invited her to do some stitching herself to decorate the eggs I made so far.
We’re talking very simple stitching here. I simple threaded a needle (we used a normal needle) and let Miss Glitter have a go. She could stitch whatever she wanted. She mostly experimented with randomly stitching from side to side.
By the way, felt is an excellent material to use for introducing or practising hand sewing because it’s such an easy going material. Keeping the thread short helps with preventing the thread from entangling and keeping the frustration levels low.
In the end I tidied up the loose ends by either making a knot or stitching into the felt (as you’ll see on the image below).
Getting ready for Easter!
I hope you’ll enjoy all of your Easter preparations and that the bunny will bring you lots of chocolate … Should you be looking for more Easter inspiration, you’ll find all kinds of fun projects, activities, diy decorations, crafts, recipes and more here on Pinterest. More is definitely more when it comes to Easter and Spring, wouldn’t you agree?
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