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Project

Eggs-in-Nest Centerpiece

Make a distinctive needle-felted bird's nest perfect for decorating your Easter table.

Introduction

Resources

For more information on crafter Crystal Hanehan, visit vintagebycrystal.com. For cotton and wool fibers and needle-felting tools, visit stores.shop.ebay.com. All other tools and materials are available at most crafts stores.

Materials

  • Spool of 18-gauge wire
  • Needle-nosed pliers
  • Scissors
  • Upholstery cotton or unrolled jumbo cotton ball
  • Pretty decorative paper, such as vintage book paper
  • White craft glue
  • 2-inch-thick square of upholstery foam
  • Barbed needle-felting needle
  • Large ball of clean and carded natural-color wool (about the size of a cantaloupe)
  • Silver tinsel
  • Small eggs, such as quail eggs
  • Wire tree diagram

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Start with a spool of 18-gauge wire; unroll a length that is 2 inches longer than the desired height of the finished tree (we made a 6-inch tree and started with 8 inches of wire).

  2. Step 2

    Following the downloadable diagram, unroll more wire from the spool, bend the wire onto itself, and wrap tightly around midpoint of the original length. Use the same method to create a total of six branches.Tip: Straighten wire as you work by holding it between your forefinger and thumb and running down the length of the wire.

  3. Step 3

    Bend the wire branches to create a three-legged tripod on the bottom and a three-pronged set of branches, which will cradle the nest on top. Use the same method to create secondary branches and twigs. You can make your tree as sparse or as full of branches as you like.

  4. Step 4

    Cover the wire with cotton: Split a strip of upholstery cotton or an unrolled jumbo cotton ball until you have strips that are 1/2-inch wide. Place the end of the cotton strip onto any intersection point on the armature and wind around the wire, lightly guiding the cotton with your fingers. Overlap the ends of the cotton strips to keep them from coming loose. Continue wrapping, keeping the cotton as tightly spun around the armature as possible until you've covered the entire tree.

  5. Step 5

    Accordion-fold decorative paper and cut leaf shapes from folded paper. Glue leaves to ends of cotton branches and let dry.

  6. Step 6

    Working over a 2-inch-thick square of foam, poke the center of the ball of wool with a barbed felting needle, until you begin to see a nest shape forming. Turn the nest on its side and poke to define the sides. Add more wool, if needed.Tip: Don't completely felt the nest; an irregular look is more true to nature.

  7. Step 7

    Glue lengths of silver tinsel to the bottom of the nest. Brush glue onto the branches of the tree where the nest will sit, and secure nest in place.

  8. Step 8

    Place eggs into nest.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, March 2009

Reviews (17)

  • SleeplessInNRW 6 Apr, 2010

    I made one today and I love love love it! Thanks for sharing this! Hugs, Biene from Germany :O)

  • bluebirdsky 29 Mar, 2010

    I bought mine online through a doll making supplier.

  • AmieDizzles 18 Mar, 2010

    Where can I purchase clean and carded natural-color wool ? I'm in Southern California.

  • AmieDizzles 18 Mar, 2010

    Where can I purchase clean and carded natural-color wool ? I'm in Southern California.

  • edinatien 7 Apr, 2009

    Part 2 starts a few moments after Part 1 ends (after another ad)

  • Clunker 6 Apr, 2009

    It looks exquisite and I can't wait to make several for Easter gifts.

  • limestone 28 Mar, 2009

    written instructions are incorrect, should read 22 gauge wire not 18.
    limestone

  • loislane1947 28 Mar, 2009

    After watching her make this and seeingh how much new stuff I would have to buy, I decided to order one from her website. I know, I give up easily!!!!!

  • Kraftygirl 27 Mar, 2009

    How can I see part 2 of the video, the needle felting nest?

  • seaglassthings 27 Mar, 2009

    My fellow Boston Handmade member - Crystal - was fab on Martha!! I am looking forward to having some time to try this out!

    Marla
    Sea Glass Things

  • patshoop 27 Mar, 2009

    I too thought that the cotton came in strips, but after reading the instructions, I bought cotton batting and will cut that into 1/2" strips. I think the batting then needs to be separated. I am going to try making the nest later today.

  • zsariah 26 Mar, 2009

    vintagebycrystal.com

  • tnbaskets 26 Mar, 2009

    I am having trouble finding the cotton fiber strips used to cover the "twigs"

  • tnbaskets 26 Mar, 2009

    I am having trouble finding the cotton fiber strips used to cover the "twigs"

  • tnbaskets 26 Mar, 2009

    I am having trouble finding the cotton fiber strips used to cover the "twigs"

  • beckyLynn 26 Mar, 2009

    Could you post her web address?

  • lindaandginger 26 Mar, 2009

    How can I see a picture of this project? Linda