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Project

Birch-Wrapped Basket with Tulips and Daffodils

This oversize nest cradles an exuberant mix of blooms from spring-flowering bulbs –– the botanical counterpart to newly hatched birds. Pliable birch branches circle and ordinary wooden basket, giving the nest its ethereal, light-as-a-cloud appearance. The flower stems are supported by floral foam set in a plastic liner. 

Materials

  • 8- or 12-inch vine basket
  • Birch branches
  • 24-gauge brown wire

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    Start with a wooden basket that is 8 or 12 inches in diameter. Gather a bundle of birch branches. Cut off the fine tips, then cut the branches into varying lengths (6 to 12 inches).

  2. Step 2

    Using 24-gauge brown wire, secure the end of a branch to the base of the basket. Bend the branch along the basket's curve, wiring every 4 or 5 inches so that loose ends stick out. Repeat with remaining branches, overlapping them to conceal the basket.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, April 2008

Reviews (4)

  • karene 25 Mar, 2011

    @cmasonb: It is unlawful to possess the feathers or nest of a migrating bird.

  • Meezers 11 Mar, 2011

    With the varieties of Salix I have the catkins are huge. Please Martha, What variety is this [filtered word] willow?

  • Meezers 11 Mar, 2011

    I would like to know what the name of this [filtered word] willow is. I would like to plant one in my garden. The varieties of Salix I have have huge catkins compared to this. It has such tiny catkins I love it. Please Martha staff what is this?

  • cmasonb 11 May, 2010

    I'm just wondering about using a real bird's nest?