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Make this Easy White Easter Tree in Minutes


Create a beautiful and modern white Easter tree in under 5 minutes with this simple DIY using plastic white branches.

When do you start thinking about Spring? Is it that first warm and sunny day after Valentine’s Day that puts a pep in your step? Or maybe the first bloom or green grass in your yard?

For me, there’s not a more perfect time to chase the winter blues away than with my dear friend Stephanie and our annual series.

DIY White Easter Tree Branches in Moss

Welcome to Day one of A Very Global Easter where Casa Watkins Living and I share seven days of globally inspired Easter and Spring ideas. Today we’re making simple Easter trees.

A DIY White Easter Tree with pink cherry blossoms in a moss bed with pink rocks is displayed in a silver bowl on a glass and brass bamboo table.  A beautiful bird printed wallpaper and green wall and a grey bench with pillows complete the Spring vignette.
DIY White Easter Tree
A Very Global Easter 2021 graphic.
A Very Global Easter

My inspiration this year comes from Ikebana, the Japanese art of flowering arranging. I wanted to create a modern look with a white Easter tree and bright green moss. It was only fitting to finish off the tree with Sakura or Cherry Blossoms.

If you are new here, howdy! I’m a retired military spouse who moved back to Texas after being gone for 19 years. I perfected the art of rental decorating and overcoming challenges in small spaces for over fifteen years but now am tackling homeownership with a new set of challenges! Our family of four lived in some of the most beautiful coastal towns in the US and Japan which have influenced my colorful and global style with DIYs and furnishings in our one-story 60’s ranch-style home in Fort Worth.

Here’s what you need to create a white Easter tree:

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Usually, I go straight to my back garden to find branches for an easter tree. I actually tried to use plaster of Paris to cover a couple of dried branches but the plaster and twigs were too brittle.

The latest (and unusual) freeze did a number on our yard so I threw in the towel and searched for some inexpensive white plastic twigs/branches online. I’m so happy I did because they shipped quickly and I can reuse them year after year. Thanks, Amazon!

A compote dish or other pedestal bowl is perfect for this Easter DIY inspired by Ikebana. If you have a tarnished silver dish like I did, use the easy DIY in this article to make it shine again! Look at this satisfying before and after!

Tarnished silver pitcher, bowls, and candelabra sit on a butcher block cutting table.
Tarnished Silver
Polished silver bowls and pitcher are sitting on a butcher block.
Polished Silver

How to make a white Easter tree with a moss bed:

  • Fill your bowl with gravel or attach a florist frog or styrofoam to the bottom. The gravel will create a weighted holder for the twigs and also fill up the majority of the bowl. Dried rice or beans can also be used in a pinch.
How to make an easter tree starting with a silver bowl and gravel sitting on a white table with a package of moss, pink rocks, and little pompoms nearby.
Silver Bowl with Gravel
  • Place a layer of Spanish moss at the top of the bowl. Use enough to create a mound shape that slightly peaks in the center.
A picture showing a DIY white easter tree step with a silver bowl holding bright green moss.  White branches and pink rocks are nearby.
Moss Layer for Easter Tree
A DIY easter tree process with a silver bowl and a mound of reindeer moss.
Silver Bowl with Reindeer Moss
  • (optional) Place decorative pink rocks on the moss to contrast with the bright green and compliment the flower heads that will be added later.
A birds eye view of a silver compote dish with reindeer moss and pink decorative rocks.  Pink cherry blossoms lay nearby.
Green Moss and Pink Rocks
  • Insert white tree branches into the moss and gravel underneath. I used three and made a triangle shape to have an even arrangement. Pull off fake flower heads like cherry blossoms and fit them on a few tips of the white branches.
A woman placing a pink flower on a DIY white Easter tree in a silver dish.  It is on a glass table in front of a bird wallpaper above a dado rail and green painted wall.
Cherry Blossoms on White Branches

The Easter Tree Story

The history of the Easter tree points to Germany and was also popular in Poland, Austria, and Hungary although the origins of the centuries-old story are lost.

One of the most famous Easter trees or Ostereierbaum was an apple tree that stood in Saalfeld, Germany where for fifty years a man named Valker Kraft decorated it with Easter eggs adding more and more every year until it held 10,000 eggs all decorated by the Kraft family.

I love that I had Japanese flowers to use on my Japanese-inspired White Easter tree! You can really have fun with the colors. Anything would look great with the pop of white and bright green!

A beautiful small Easter tree with white branches and pink flowers sitting in moss in a silver compote bowl in front of a green and bird wallpaper wall.
White Easter Tree with Moss and Cherry Blossoms

I placed my silver bowl on a decorative stand to give it more height! Eventually, I would like to have a brass or gold compote for Ikebana and other arrangements.

A lovely Spring vignette featuring a white and pink DIY Easter tree on a glass and brass bamboo side table in front of a half painted green wall and half bird wallpaper.  A grey loveseat is next to the table.
Globally Inspired White Easter Tree

Fun facts. First, the silver bowl has a stamp on the bottom dating it back to the early 1900s and was my grandmother’s. Second, a good friend gifted me the decorative stand found at an estate sale. Third, my mom gave me the pink rocks hoping I could find a use for them.

And finally, we lived in Japan for four years and I attended an actual Ikebana conference and showcase that was amazing! I also met and befriended a local family that is very special to me. So this arrangement is not only super cute but sentimental and full of backstories. Just the way I like my decor!

A view of a DIY pink and white Easter tree in a office with bird wallpaper and grey loveseat with white fringe skirt and global pillows.
Easter Tree on Gold Table and Green Wall

Doesn’t it look perfect in my bright office which always looks like Spring? If I turn on the space heater it may even feel like Spring. Ha!

A close look at a DIY white branches and pink flowers Easter tree in a bed of moss against a green wall.
Close Up of White Easter Tree with Moss and Pink Rocks

I styled this shot so that my DIY Obi (the belt/sash that goes around a kimono) pillow would show. The Obi is made with shibori fabric and trimmed with a pom-pom embellishment. The funny thing is, I didn’t realize how many Japanese elements I used until just now.

An ikebana inspired DIY Easter tree in a silver dish on a glass table next to a grey love seat with pink and red pillows.  Green paint and bird wallpaper on the wall.
Ikebana Inspired Easter Tree Next to Obi Pillow

Here are other DIY Easter trees and DIY Easter egg ornaments I’ve done!

DIY Easter Egg Ornaments and Easter Trees

Find inspiration for DIY Easter trees and handmade Easter egg ornaments for Spring this year.

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I hope this easy white Easter tree DIY inspired you! Make sure to head over to Casa Watkins Living for another simple and beautiful Easter tree idea and come back tomorrow for Day 2 of A Very Global Easter.

Casa Watkins Living Easter Tree idea.
Global Easter Tree
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