Last year, MP was flipping through the pages of the Pottery Barn Kids catalog and a sweet Easter tree caught her eye. Inspired, MP decided to try creating a similar tree with the kids.
This springtime project couldn’t be simpler. You’ll need:
• A sturdy tree branch
• Garden clippers (for parents)
• Play dough or clay
• Small clay pot
• River stones
• Burlap and twine (optional/available at hardware stores)
• Your choice of decorations
MP discovered a strong branch with many offshoots that would be ideal for hanging eggs. While scouring the garage for a terra cotta pot, she found a pretty yellow-glazed vessel (purchased at a local garden center). If you prefer, you can mimic the Pottery Barn tree using a basic flowerpot wrapped with burlap.
The kids had a mixed bag of play dough in their craft cabinet. We used a handful of the dough and pressed it into the base of the pot. Then CP#1 carefully placed the base of the branch into the dough. The branch started to tilt, so MP clipped a few offshoots to get our tree to balance. CP#2 filled the rest of the pot with river stones he found in the yard.
Once the branch was in place, we were ready to decorate our tree. MP found some felt eggs at a nearby crafts store and threaded them for hanging. Gift shops like Folly 101 in Portland—where MP spotted tiny carrot ornaments—and Nest in Brunswick are also great places to find decorations for your tree.
The best part of this project? With careful storage, you can reuse your tree year after year. Plus, it’s fun to come up with new ideas for ornaments.
Enjoy and Happy Spring to all! xo, MP