Swedish Easter Witches

Påskpyssel 2008

This is the Easter table I prefer, filled with paint, fabric, glue, feathers and other craft supplies.

wooden dollsI bought some wooden sculptures in a plastic bag at a thrift shop last year, thinking I would do something fun with them. I’ve been wanting to sit down and paint and dress them for a while now and this week I finally did when my cousin came to craft. This was pre dinner and egg session (se post below). I didn’t finish any of my dolls, but my cousin finished both of hers!

On the first day of Easter Maundy Thursday (Skärtorsdag) the Swedish Easter Witches goes on their broomstick to Blåkulla to party and have fun together with the devil! It’s their annual meeting day I guess.

This belief comes from a time (1600) when everyone in Europe believed that witches existed. Many women were haunted and even burned alive if someone suspected that they were a witch in any way. Scary times huh?

Today children dress up like Easter Witches on this day and goes from house to house to wish Happy Easter and get candy. So, that’s the explanation on why we created our Easter Hags this week!

Påskpyssel 2008
My cousin made the pink and the green one. Aren’t they pretty? I painted faces for too long and only half finished the dress for my yellow hag, the other two will get dresses another time when I’m bored and feel like playing with my dolls.

I’ve eaten too much candy and that’s the reason I prefer a craft table set for Easter right now. No more cookies, candy, deserts or eggs for me. :-)

I hope you’re enjoying your holiday and creating something fun!?

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8 Responses to Swedish Easter Witches

  1. These are the neatest little “witches” I’ve ever seen. :) So cute to see the personality of each one. I bet my little girl would LOVE making something like this. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Alison Gibbs says:

    Looks like you had fun crafting with your cousin
    Happy Easter
    Alison

  3. Tere says:

    This looks like so much fun! You have such great ideas.
    Thank you for the encouraging note, Hanna. It made me smile!
    I will keep reading your blog, as it always cheers me up.

  4. Christy says:

    That’s the happiest craft table I’ve seen! I love the wooden dolls, they’re so quaintly charming. :)

  5. Jodi says:

    Absolutely adorable, Hanna!

  6. I didn’t know that Swedish tradition of Easter Thursday, very interesting!

  7. odette says:

    are those stabilo point 88 markers you have on a small jar on your easter table? i love them to pieces!

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