Swedish Easter Tree of Mind Blowing Coolness

March 6, 2013


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.

These pix of Julia are virtually identical. Why do I have two of them? Oh well. My mom's purple sweatshirt is sitting in the background.

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.




20 comments:

  1. Ok you've got me wanting to be Swedish now. And this is seriously awesome. I love it.

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    1. Let's all be Swedish, hurray!!! glad you like :)

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  2. This is most definitely your finest stick tree creation. I'm totally in love with the feathers. You'll have to incorporate the feathers into future stick trees... you could do all white feathers in winter, or pink and red ones for Valentine's Day. They really take your tree up a notch!

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    1. what a GREAT idea!! oh my goodness I'm having a vision of all white, with feathers, lace stuff, shimmery things and snowflakes.

      sort of like a tree version of the dance of the snowflakes from the Nutcracker!!!

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  3. It's all about the feathers! They really transform in the sticks. Beautiful stick tree~ well done, I love it! Sometimes during the winter solstice my Dad will have the kids adorn sticks with feathers and beads. It's a native american tradition. The idea is bringing the sun back and I can't remember what he calls the sticks... but it's super cool.

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    1. What a fun thing to do Robyn!! I love that idea. I would totally want to be Native American, in addition to swedish and japanese, but I'm already Native American.

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    2. Well there you have it! You're all set on that front. I'm Hungarian and English... so I got nothing. Except you really seem to love English things too... am I wrong? ;)

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    3. oh YES, we can never ever forget about that -- i'm 100% Anglo crazed. I feel like that's so a part of me that I don't even bothering mentioning it much anymore :) -- my desire to be a scandi-japanese person is a fairly recent development in the past few yrs, ha!

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  4. Well, gee, you know I just freakin' love this! I've hung blown eggs from my Easter branch, alongside some origami birds for spring, but this just blows me away! How spectacular!

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    1. Origami birds???? THAT sounds spectacular! Next yr I want some of those! I think I read on the Aunt Peaches blog, that seriously with the swedish easter trees, the more stuff the better. she mentioned something about paper roosters and what not. I was going to add little ribbons, b/c I have this super cute ribbon with purple daisies on it, but I was worried that might be too much.

      which was very silly of me, b/c MORE IS MORE :)

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  5. I totally understand your obsession with Sweden! Besides, the Scandinavian countries always get the highest votes for "Happiest Countries to Live in" so they must do something right! ;-)

    Your stick tree is fabulous and I think Miss J had a lot of fun participating in the decoration :)

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    1. right, isn't Denmark supposed to be the happiest country on earth or something? Any region that brought both 'Pippi' books and 'Moomintroll' books into the world must be the bestest place ever. :)

      glad you like the tree! I have NO idea what I'll do with it for summer. maybe put it away like I did last summer.

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  6. Fantastic!!! You're such a craft maven!!

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    1. HA HA HA! my darling, I do what I can with glue, tape and glitter. There are some true craftily gifted folks out there who can make/sew/do/paint anything, but alas I am not one of them. But I'm so happy that you like our little tree!

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  7. We tried making one of these a few years ago and it turned out terribly! I never even posted it because it looked insane--but yours is quite beautiful! You must have a bit of swedish-ness in you after all! You make me want to try it again!

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    1. TRUST ME, if we can do it, you can do it! tape! feathers! that's it! actually my dad had this weird calcification thing happen to one of his bones in his hand, and he had to have tiny operation and the doc told him that the condition was this really rare and weird genetic thing that is only found in people with some type of scandinavian descent. so bizarre b/c we didn't think we had any of that in our family, but his dad was adopted so who knows, we could be anything! :)

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  8. As soon as I scrolled down to this post I knew that your tree was something that my preschooler daughter MUST see. "Mama," she gushed, very dramatically serious, "That is the MOST beautiful tree EVER." I agree, it is truly fabulous and oh so fun. We are all about feathers and glitter and rainbow colored lovelies around here, so I suspect the kiddo and I will be heading to the craft store for tree making supplies in the near future. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. oh you should, you should!!!! really, this was one of my easier trees. Last year, we did mini japanese lanterns in the spring and that was a bit fiddly, getting them to hang straight. And my valentine's tree last yr gave me the sweats, getting all the hearts, not sure why that one was so hard.

      I'm telling you, it's even BETTER in person. you can't go wrong with rainbow feathers!! ours is now sitting on our mantel and a lamp shines right up at it and that thing is GLOWING, i tell you.

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  9. Both of my maternal grandparents were Swedish (jealous?) and I have never heard of this feather-egg tree thing. Why was I not so enlightened? I did hear of the witch tradition, which is sort of Halloween-ish and has something to do with Maundy Thursday, I think. I'm pretty sure it also involved CANDY.

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    1. Real Swedish heritage! very cool! :)

      I looooooove the idea of an Easter witch

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