These crafts projects adopt a naturalistic style. Some of the materials can be found at crafts stores and florist shops; others might come from your yard.
Coconut-Fiber or Grapevine Nest: This nest is a cluster of grapevines, shaped by hand and then set onto a quince branch. The eggs are naturally speckled but have been dyed shades of green and blue.
Birch Nest: This oversize nest (a birch-wrapped basket) cradles an exuberant mix of blooms from spring-flowering bulbs -- the botanical counterpart to newly hatched birds. Pliable birch branches circle an 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.
Pussy Willow Nest: This time of year, birds instinctively put the materials at hand to good use. Here, the downy gray catkins of pussy willow branches soften a densely woven nest, while dried grasses inside cushion fragile decorated eggs. Choose fresh pussy willow branches, which will bend more easily than dried ones. You can find them, as well as the dried grasses you'll need, at garden centers or florist shops.
Resources: 10-inch double-rail wreath ring, from mainewreathco.com. Dried grasses, from drynature.com. Loose grapevine, from B&J Florist Supply, 212-564-6086. 12-inch vine basket and birch branches, both from B&J Florist Supply, 212-564-6086.