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Spring's Natural Vase

An oversize eggshell filled with flowers unites two symbols of spring in a single arrangement.




  • Blown-out Ostrich egg (purchase online for around $10)
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Painter's tape
  • Dremel drill
  • Protective goggles
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Floral adhesive
  • Narrow vase/vessel
  • Water
  • Flowers


  1. Step 1

    Using a tape measure and a pencil, mark dashes around the top of the egg, each about 2 inches from the existing opening. Connect the dashes with thin painters' tape, creating a circle, as shown.

  2. Step 2

    Fit a Dremel drill with a cut-out blade. Wearing protective goggles, hold the egg securely in one hand while using the other to drill just inside the taped line. Remove painters' tape.

  3. Step 3

    Next, tape fine-grit sandpaper, right side up, to your work surface. Run the cut edge of the egg over the sandpaper to smooth and level it.

  4. Step 4

    Use floral adhesive to secure egg to a small compote and to secure a narrow vessel inside the egg. Fill vessel with water, and add flowers.

Martha Stewart Living, March 2008



Reviews (20)

  • PaperRockScissor 24 Apr, 2009

    Carla1119, you'd be suprised how many people have ostrich's and emu's in SC. I did find this site though... They sell both the eggs and the stands for very little.

  • DotK 4 Apr, 2009

    cher6877-you made my day as well. I must tell Martha that I have a full length "molted/shedded" garden snake skin that I am saving in a plastic bag just in case she has a craft for that. I wouldn't doubt it...and I'll be ready!

  • DebbieDurham 3 Apr, 2009

    TO - cher6877 Loved your comment, it was hilarious and I needed a good laugh today. I thought everyone knew you can find anything on-line these days - ANYTHING! Thanks also to AlaskanAndroid for the sites to purchase the eggs. Especially the first site you listed. It is AWESOME!

    This is a GREAT craft idea, and not just for Easter

  • mthouse1 3 Apr, 2009

    This looks like something Mork from Ork would have in his apartment!!!!

  • Buffysmomma 3 Apr, 2009

    I'm going to make a somewhat miniature version with a Duck egg.

  • Carla1119 3 Apr, 2009

    I love all of her ideas..or her teams! This one is find one of these egges in South Carolina! lol

  • jackie_d302 3 Apr, 2009

    Love this one. Its a Martha for sure. Just the right touch.

  • ReelGirl 3 Apr, 2009

    Love the look of this - thanks for the links, AlaskanAndroid!

  • AlaskanAndroid 29 Mar, 2009

    Also, the Pike Place Market Creamery sells Ostrich eggs:

    Pike Place Market Creamery
    1514 Pike Pl Ste 3
    Seattle, WA 98101-1574
    Phone: (206) 622-5029

  • cher6877 7 Mar, 2009

    Silly question! Go to your local Ostrich nest and take an egg.

  • Ann_Desmarais 26 Feb, 2009

    Where does one get ostrich eggs?

  • Pixzluv 29 Jan, 2009

    Are those magnolias?

  • MrsTD 21 Mar, 2008

    Check TJ Maxx and Marshalls. They always have all size bowls, etc.

  • Abbymarie1226 18 Mar, 2008

    Does anyone know where I can find the small compote to place the egg in?

  • akc6336 8 Mar, 2008

    Martha, Your the best. I love the show and all the ideas you give it is very inspiring for me. Thanks a bunch

  • Katy-Did 7 Mar, 2008

    This is a beautiful center piece and seems easy to make. Thanks

  • homeecdhscomkalicia 7 Mar, 2008

    I love this article! Wonderful for Easter!

  • heziann 7 Mar, 2008

    can you not find some like this in a craft store, something made of plastic?

  • mary12986 25 Feb, 2008

    i was just thing that the spider egg martha made on one of the halloween shows would work out just as well.????