I have found so many different explanations as to how this tradition came about and I have given up, and decided to venture out and craft my own Swedish Feather Tree for easter weekend! Tying feathers to trees and branches, simply sounds like a crafters dreamland! In all cases the feathers are always bright pinks, blues and yellows and really announce that spring is here. In my opinion, this tradition is reminiscent of Dr. Seuss from when I was a child and I love it!
I chose to create a smaller, more muted home version of this Easter tree. Traditionally you would find some birch twigs and place them in a vase. In my revised tradition, since I am highly allergy stricken at the moment with birch trees to blame, I used random branches from a less issue causing tree. I whipped out my trusty glue gun and started glueing away. You can use simple thread or wire to affix your feathers as well but we all know I am obsessed with using my glue gun for everything! Some people choose to hang colorful eggs, butterflies, candy or other spring like decorations from the branches. To learn more about the colorful Swedish traditions check out Sweden.se.
This is a wonderful little tradition to start today! After your sunday brunch, grab some branches on your way home and get Crafting Craftcravers!