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Project

Basket of Bulbs

Introduction

Set inside a rustic boat-shaped birch basket, this cheerful yellow hilltop vista is a breath of fresh air. You can practically hear the chicks peeping and feel the warm sunshine on your face. We contoured the moss and the soil below it (both are inside a plastic liner) to effect a more realistic look, and we planted the daffodils ('Small Talk' and 'Tete-a-Tete') individually, rather than in clumps, to make the flowers appear as if they are growing naturally.

 

Materials

  • Plastic liner
  • Basket
  • Soil
  • Daffodils
  • Cushion moss

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Place a plastic liner inside a basket and fill it with soil so it is mounded in spots, like a hilly field.Turn daffodils out of their plastic pots, and plant in soil; for a more natural look, carefully tease apart daffodils before planting.

  2. Step 2

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    Place cushion moss on top. Plant additional daffodils between the moss seams and into the soil to fill in bare spots.

  3. Step 3

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    If desired, place pom-pom chicks on top. Set the basket in a sunny location, and water frequently so it will last for several weeks.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, April 2006

Reviews (18)

  • dawn233 5 Apr, 2010

    Could you please tell me what page the pom pom chicks were on in the April magazine?

  • Francesina 22 Mar, 2010

    You can make pom poms with 2 round circles of thin cardboard with a [filtered word] cut in the middle wind on the wool until there is no more space. Then on the outer edge which should now be fat cut through in between the two pieces of cardboard, once cut all around, thread a length of wool between 2 pieces of cardboard and pull tight and knot several times remove the cardboard and then trim to shape, if needed. Use differant sized circles for differant sized Pom poms.

    Good Luck

    Ina

  • Francesina 22 Mar, 2010

    You can make pom poms with 2 round circles of thin cardboard with a [filtered word] cut in the middle wind on the wool until there is no more space. Then on the outer edge which should now be fat cut through in between the two pieces of cardboard, once cut all around, thread a length of wool between 2 pieces of cardboard and pull tight and knot several times remove the cardboard and then trim to shape, if needed. Use differant sized circles for differant sized Pom poms.

    Good Luck

    Ina

  • terrie-bear 14 Mar, 2008

    Michaels has a couple different pom pom makers. They are located by the crochet hooks.
    terrie

  • kikipappy 13 Mar, 2008

    I bought 2 different sizes of pom-pom makers at Hobby Lobby. I think they are made by Clover.

  • debsews 11 Mar, 2008

    Does anyone know where to find this type of pom pom maker?

  • anniet15 8 Mar, 2008

    I first made this arrangement in 2006. I made two baskets, one with daffodils and one with hyacinths. I brought them to work and both employees and visitors gave rave reviews! While I re-used baskets I had around the house and store bought chicks, this craft is easy to do. When the season passed, I planted the bulbs in the garden for future growth.

  • LittleOleKelly 7 Mar, 2008

    Love the way this looks! I got my daffodils(they were hard to find), some Irish moss (nobody in town had cushion moss), a basket, some ivy I might add to it because the basket is kind of big and it might look pretty, and I gave up and cheated because I got tired of looking for materials and bought the adorable 6 pack of chenille chicks from Michaels craft store in pink. Can't wait to finish the project!

  • LittleOleKelly 7 Mar, 2008

    Love the way this looks! I got my daffodils(they were hard to find), some Irish moss (nobody in town had cushion moss), a basket, some ivy I might add to it because the basket is kind of big and it might look pretty, and I gave up and cheated because I got tired of looking for materials and bought the adorable 6 pack of chenille chicks from Michaels craft store in pink. Can't wait to finish the project!

  • LavenderLinda 29 Feb, 2008

    I love this idea. I am going to do this with my nephews to decorate their 'egg hunt' baskets. They will love it!

  • mslo_karen 26 Feb, 2008

    Hi loki5, You're right, this basket is no longer available from this vendor. Fortunately, this project looks absolutely beautiful with many different kinds of baskets. We suggest looking for a style that suits your decor in your local craft store.

  • cor1473 26 Feb, 2008

    Hi everyone! If you don't want to make the chicks - there are some cute chenille chicks at Michaels 6 for $1.99. You can't beat that price and it saves time.

  • loki5 26 Feb, 2008

    I checked with the supplier listed for the basket and it is no longer availalbe. They said it has not been available for a couple of years. So, now i try to make one...

  • loki5 26 Feb, 2008

    I love this idea and fully intend to make it. Uh, the problem is that with the shopping list just having come out I can see how it will tae much longer for me to complete this than I'd planned. I'm not sure how long it will take supplies I mail order to arrive and I live in the middle of nowhere so I will have to mail order just about everything. It would have been nice if they could have published the shopping list at least two weeks ahead and possibly 4 weeks ahead. T

  • BarbaraWesley 25 Feb, 2008

    The basket with the chicks is a great idea - have the PERFECT CHAIR at my front door to show off my crafty skills and to WELCOME SPRING...

  • grandmagwen 25 Feb, 2008

    Love the little chicks--making them with my granddaughter--thanks for a cute pattern. grandmagwen

  • cjedwards 25 Feb, 2008

    Click on the Shopping List and it gives the source for the basket:-)

  • plsullivan 25 Feb, 2008

    Very cute! Would like to have sources to purchase some of the
    supplies... and If I don't want to forinstance, make the chicks, can I
    buy and just make the basket??
    Love it! P. Sullivan