Thursday, March 22, 2012

SWEDISH EASTER BOUQUETS: PÅSKRIS

Swedish Easter Decoration (Påskris in Swedish)



I was so surprised the first time I saw these shockingly colorful Easter bouquets, called påskris. Budding branches, usually birch, with brightly colored feathers comprise a bouquet that is basically the Swedish, Easter version, of the Christmas tree. Swedish Easter traditions are completely different than any I had heard of before. Over this Easter weekend, according to Swedish folklore, witches fly back to a place called Blåkulla and these bouquets symbolize the witches brooms! You can buy colorful loose feathers at markets and craft stores. I've even seen people decorate trees on their lawn in this style. If you would like to do this at home, this is what you need:

SUPPLIES:
Thin, tree branches (Traditionally birch is used but, I love blooms such as cherry blossom or pussy willow, too)
Wire
Colorful Feathers
Hollowed Easter Eggs

HOW-TO: 
If you'd like a Swedish Easter touch this year in your home, this is what you need to do for these bouquets: Simply attach the feathers to the branches with the wire. Once you have enough branches decorated, fill your vase with these. Enjoy this splash of color!

Something you might like:
Natural Egg Dyes (not pictured below)
Easter Pencil Toppers
Påskris (Swedish Easter Bouquet)
Dyeing Eggs Naturally - these are the blue eggs pictured above
Bunny Toast
Swedish Tradition: Easter Witches
Swedish Easter Roosters -- they're noise-makers, too!

5 comments:

  1. I love this. It would be very colorful to do this all year long. clever and fresh.

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  2. Never heard of any of them ! And i am Dutch! (living in the U.S) Fun stuff... thank you for sharing!

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