There are a lot of old world traditions in Europe that never took off in America; castles, soccer, the metric system, public healthcare. Five years ago nobody in Arizona knew what Nutella was and now they smear it on burritos. Because that is what we do best, America, we take old timey European favorites and Pump Up the Jam.
And that’s the way I feel about Easter. I like to take one of the oldest European customs — the Scandinavian paskris tree — and take it to new heights!
If you go to a grocery store in Sweden right about now, you’ll see these feathered branches for sale next to the carnations and potted plants. It’s a thing. And yeah, we can be jealous. The tradition comes from tying feathers and shiny bobbles on to the ends of barren branches as a way to usher in spring (and possibly promote growth, depending on the tree). Come this time of year, folks get so hard up for color and vitality they get sick of waiting on Mother Nature and decide to DIY it. So that is what we are doing here — making our own paskris Easter trees.
Good news: They double as excellent egg displays.
Extra good news: They are easy to make!
1. Branches in a vase. Make sure to weigh the vase down with stones or sand.
2. Feathers. You can buy them individually, or just yank some extras out of feather boa.
3. White glue. Anything will do, but the thick stuff won’t drip and that’s a big bonus.
Just get a little white glue on the branch and wrap the feather around it. The great thing about feathers is that they stick to anything. I mean, anything.
As Easter trees are one of Europe’s favorite traditions, this post is brought to you by Paas, America’s favorite Easter tradition.
Man oh man, we love a good dye tablet, don’t we? Hey, did you know Paas is taken from the Dutch term for Easter? That is why I used my leftover Paas dye to make tulips. See what I did there? Dutch. Tulips. Tradition. Easter. It’s the circle of life!