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The German Osterhase or Easter Bunny doesn’t hide treats in colorful plastic eggs in Germany, instead he uses traditional Pappmaché Ostereier or German Paper Mache Easter Eggs. Always beautifully decorated, they feature designs like bunnies, flowers or springtime motifs and come in all sizes from very large (big enough to hold all your favorite Easter candy) to very small.
Every Easter, my brother and I would get at least one of these Pappmaché eggs filled with our favorite chocolate and of course a chocolate Osterhase. In many families it is custom to give one of these eggs to friends and family members as a gift.
Pappmaché eggs have been used to give treats since the late 19th century. Like the wood carved figures, these eggs originated in the Erzgebirge. Since they are made from paper, they are quite fragile and some of the older eggs even had lace around the edges. Some of those vintage eggs have become quite valuable. You can find out how old your egg is by looking inside the egg at the stamped date. Dates can range from before 1918 where the egg is marked with the word German to now.
We found a bunch of these Mache eggs at World Market this year. They are perfect for filling with a hand full of Easter grass and candy, chocolate or a small toy. They also make for great Easter decor by just being placed on a table. And the best is you can reuse them year after year. On Amazon, some even come as nesting eggs as a set of six, making storage very easy.