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Just Hatched by Hand: Easter Decorations

Martha Stewart Living, April 2007

Spring is the softest of seasons, a time of new blooms, mellow pastel hues, and downy feathered chicks emerging from their shells. These tender moments inspired us to create Easter decorations in similarly gentle colors and textures. The ideas are fresh: Eggs are not dyed but dressed in spools of silky thread, and fuzzy critters done up in lush pipe cleaners and puffy pom-poms can hop easily from your tabletop to an egg-shaped feather tree. We're sure you'll find you have a soft spot for them, too.

Deck the Hall
Although a feather tree is traditionally used at Christmastime, we modified ours to resemble the ubiquitous symbol of the season. Its branches feature egg and carrot ornaments hanging from loops of silver thread, as well as pipe cleaner baskets filled with Easter creatures and more eggs. Millinery blooms flower on several limbs, fastened by their stems. As you hang the ornaments, be sure to intersperse decorations of different sizes and hues for a balanced display. Ours sits in an alabaster tree stand adorned with a cozy nest made of angora yarn, where two chicks keep watch over unhatched eggs. The tree is flanked by two ceramic cups, which hold sweet peas, lilies of the valley, and textured millinery leaves.

Flight of Fancy
A whimsical flowering branch is a natural perch for these handmade baby birds. We wrapped a fallen oak branch with ivory perle cotton thread, and then glued on fabric millinery flowers. To make a centerpiece, bunch several branches, nestling chicks among the buds.

Oval Easy
Tradition may call for Easter eggs to be hidden, but oversize handcrafted specimens are too pretty to tuck away. They're made of Styrofoam wrapped with lustrous perle cotton thread and decorative trim, and then displayed on candlesticks. Among the eggs are a mix of fresh and faux spring blossoms: indigo grape hyacinths, lavender lilies of the valley, and creamy daffodils mingle with iridescent velvet millinery flowers, all arranged in sterling-silver cups.

Hop to It
Entice a few cute bunnies out of hiding with some strategically placed carrot ornaments, plucked fresh from your crafts table. Once you've captured the palm-size creatures, they can be placed in a child's Easter basket or given away to visitors. The bunnies are so easy to assemble, you can create a whole bunch of the fuzzy friends in no time.

Table for Fun
Invite guests to brunch in a garden you've cultivated indoors and you can be sure that April showers won't rain on your Easter parade. A basket at each plate -- made only of pipe cleaners and filled with candy treats and a hatchling -- sets the scene. The bright, sunny centerpieces are made by filling large and small creamware bowls with double and single narcissus in buttery tones -- a lush setting for the wayfaring white chocolate bunnies to frolic in.

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Comments (44)

  • Kraftykate 1 Apr, 2009

    HI there are these snippets teasers to get you to buy the magazine or are the instructions somewhere??? would love to see the bunny and bird in tree examples. help? thanks so much.

  • Kraftykate 31 Mar, 2009

    HI there are these snippets teasers to get you to buy the magazine or are the instructions somewhere??? would love to see the bunny and bird in tree examples. help? thanks so much.

  • Kraftykate 22 Mar, 2009

    HI there are these snippets teasers to get you to buy the magazine or are the instructions somewhere??? would love to see the bunny and bird in tree examples. help? thanks so much.

  • Kraftykate 21 Mar, 2009

    HI there are these snippets teasers to get you to buy the magazine or are the instructions somewhere??? would love to see the bunny and bird in tree examples. help? thanks so much.

  • koko_house 21 Mar, 2009

    Does anyone know if these projects were shown on Martha's show? I wish there's a video for these projects.

  • cmdp 20 Mar, 2009

    The Hop to It bunnies and carrots are cute, but where are the directions for it. Thanks. cmdp

  • Kraftykate 20 Mar, 2009

    HI there are these snippets teasers to get you to buy the magazine or are the instructions somewhere??? would love to see the bunny and bird in tree examples. help? thanks so much.

  • Kraftykate 19 Mar, 2009

    HI there are these snippets teasers to get you to buy the magazine or are the instructions somewhere??? would love to see the bunny and bird in tree examples. help? thanks so much.

  • Kraftykate 18 Mar, 2009

    HI there are these snippets teasers to get you to buy the magazine or are the instructions somewhere??? would love to see the bunny and bird in tree examples. help? thanks so much.

  • munden 16 Mar, 2009

    Kraftykate
    Go to page 2 for more instructions.

  • Kraftykate 14 Mar, 2009

    HI there are these snippets teasers to get you to buy the magazine or are the instructions somewhere??? would love to see the bunny and bird in tree examples. help? thanks so much.

  • Kraftykate 14 Mar, 2009

    HI there are these snippets teasers to get you to buy the magazine or are the instructions somewhere??? would love to see the bunny and bird in tree examples. help? thanks so much.

  • ajna0103 13 Mar, 2009

    I looked for the instructions in the April 2007 issue, and the bunnies call for !", 3/4" and 3/8" pom poms to be used. However, for the ears and feet, they refer to a template to print from marthastewart.com. FYI for anyone trying to complete this craft .It calls for knotted black embroidery thread for the eyes ,which you glue on. Then pink embroidery thread is stiffened with glue, and cut to form an x, which is glued on for the mouth. Hope this helps!

  • Kraftykate 13 Mar, 2009

    HI there are these snippets teasers to get you to buy the magazine or are the instructions somewhere??? would love to see the bunny and bird in tree examples. help? thanks so much.

  • etinetin 7 Mar, 2009

    these are really very nice but where in Norway can i find these materials. I lilve in Hedmark...Kongsvinger.

  • Pandorrah 27 Feb, 2009

    on page 2... : )

  • lutsey 5 Feb, 2009

    These LOOK like great projects but where are the instructions?

  • lelayang 28 Aug, 2008

    sweet.... and nice.... but i still not understand how to make it....

  • sveback 24 Jun, 2008

    I purchased everything according to the directions, the $250 tree, the cotton thread from Herschners, the eggs, the pom poms and even the velvet flowers from NY. The total cost of this craft project is close to $1,000. I started thread wrapping the eggs only to find that you REALLY need to be vigilant and make sure the thread is wrapped tight otherwise you will see the white egg below, this also applies to the carrots that you will make and bake out of clay.

  • Jean9 9 Mar, 2008

    It took awhile to find the "perle cotton thread" , but this project is well worth it. I bought styrofoam eggs, and used martha's craft glue. The thread used is found near the cross-stitching materials at Joann's. I put straight pins in both ends of eggs and tied a loop knot aroud pin and glued it down. You then paint on more glue as you wind the thread around the egg half way down the egg and then begin the same way at the other end. Great project!! I love the shine from this thread.

  • TheGreatMaryG 7 Mar, 2008

    I never fail to marvel at the creativity at Martha Stewart. I'm sure the most gifted and creative people work the learn from you.

  • homeecdhscomkalicia 7 Mar, 2008

    I used this idea with my girls at school! it was big hit! We used the styrofoam eggs we found at Micheals and a watered- down glue solution. They turned out great!

  • erinluvstocraft 7 Mar, 2008

    I experimented with the perle cotton eggs - I just started with the basic plastic eater egg, used some white perle cotton thread and Martha's basic craft glue from Michaels. It turned out better than I thought! The light blue of the egg shows through, so it doesn't look like just plain white thread. I just put a big dab of glue at the top with the end of the thread, waited for it to dry then covered the top half of the egg with glue and started wrapping the thread. Repeated for other end.

  • lizmeyer 6 Mar, 2008

    So I found the "egg-shaped" feather tree Martha used at hometraditions.com it is only $250!!

  • lizmeyer 6 Mar, 2008

    When looking for anything online, I always Google it- I found dozens of "feather trees" on Google.com-- Try it!

  • oceanrocker 6 Mar, 2008

    I used cotton batting carrots found at www.Blumchen.com instead of making the carrot forms from scratch. They are so sweet and EASY to make.

  • futurern 6 Mar, 2008

    hallinr - you have to look at page 2; the complete instructions including what type of eggs, thread, glue and where to glue are included!

  • billohls 5 Mar, 2008

    Just a quick note: The eggs used in this project are actually Smoothfoam eggs which can be found at www.smoothfoam.com

  • hallinr 5 Mar, 2008

    Martha:
    I truly would appreciate clear and complete instructions. I would like to make the eggs covered with perle cotton. Did you use real eggs, plastic or wooden eggs?What type of gule did you use. Is it best to start from the top of the egg or the bottom of the egg(point)?? I am finding this a problem with so many of your wonderful crafts. You need to include complete instructions and a supply list.

  • zbelly_32 4 Mar, 2008

    What is this "perle cotton thread" Is it just like embrodery floss?

  • heleninparis 4 Mar, 2008

    The pictures of these crafts are so enticing and beautiful ~ PLEASE Martha Stewart Staff add an enlarging and zoom function to all the tiny pictures.. Everything else on this website is so easy to navigate but seeing little pictures of great things is very frustrating. This is my one and only disappointment with this site. Otherwise, I'm a devoted fan!

  • OCraftyOne 4 Mar, 2008

    I too can not view directions

  • empire 29 Feb, 2008

    I am having trouble finding the directions, even on pg 2 any suggestions?

  • bonnoslobbo 28 Feb, 2008

    I have had a blast making the eggs and carrots. Haven't gotten around to the bunnies yet.

  • frizzledbride 27 Feb, 2008

    Thank you to Corcor55 for the info. I have been looking for the instructions on

  • Darthy 26 Feb, 2008

    These are great but can you zoom in on the pictures or click to enlarge? I would like to see closer detail.

  • corcor55 26 Feb, 2008

    instructions are on page 2!

  • crafteegramee 26 Feb, 2008

    The instructions for assembly of some of these precious ornaments are seemingly NOWHERE to be found. I am finding it difficult to locate instructions. The CRAFTS are unmistakeabley WONDERFUL, please make the instructions a bit more available. Thank You!!!

  • mjstar 25 Feb, 2008

    WHERE can i find instructions on the sweet little 2-toned pom-pom birds? i can't find it anywhere

  • Honeybunny13 19 Feb, 2008

    The hop to it design is so cute I may add it to my easter garden

  • terrilee1953 15 Feb, 2008

    I make easter ornaments out of real Goose Eggs! terrilee1953@bellsouth.net

  • ricci570 15 Jan, 2008

    i would to find where i can buy and egg shapped feather tree for easter

  • brewboothecat 15 Dec, 2007

    I got EVERTHING I needed from Hobby Lobby. I am still having a hard time tracking down the alabaster base.

  • bostonheart 4 Nov, 2007

    I really want to do this project. It's been very hard tracking down all the supplies though.