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.
Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2008
8- or 12-inch vine basket
24-gauge brown wire
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).
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.