Let's start from the beginning, shall we? Although I am not Swedish, or Japanese, I'm totally obsessed with both cultures. If you've been hanging with me for awhile, you know this already. If you've just wandered here, yes it's true. I want to be some kind of Scandinavian-Asian hybrid person. I don't know why, those places just seem to have a lot of cool stuff going on.
Anyway, I saw this example of a paskris Swedish Easter Tree on the Aunt Peaches blog. AND IT BLEW MY MIND. That's a super cool blog by the way. So I didn't feel like Easter would be awesome in this house until we had our very own Swedish Easter Tree.
We already had colored feathers from our Magic Wand project, and I got some hanging eggs at the craft store for about zero dollars. OK that's a fib. Maybe $6.
And why the feathers? Apparently it has do something with Sweden having long cold dark winters and the feathered trees represent....something other than grey winters of doom. You know, new life and spring and all that fun stuff. In Sweden, a paskris is a birchwood stick adorned with feathers.
I AM WAY DOWN WITH THE FEATHERS!!
Ok, I just want to say something.
I WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO TOP THIS TREE. THIS IS IT. My best tree I think. I know I say that every time I do a new tree, because I impress myself easily, but this time seriously for real, this is the very best one. It kinda reminds me of a truffula tree gone even more bananas.
Every time I look at this thing I am 1) impressed with myself and 2) impressed with how easy this was. TAPE. All we used was tape to stick the feathers on the tree. And like I said, the eggs all came from the craft store and they were dirt cheap. Oh, I can't remember where we got the little wooden Easter decorations, we've had those for years, but you can find some fabulously darling ones RIGHT HERE.
I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!!!!!!! This tree might never come down. Also, the Swedes have some sort of Easter witch tradition, which sounds ridiculously cool.