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Spring Awakening: Easter Crafts

Martha Stewart Living, April 2008

Crepe Paper Spring Birds with Coconut-Fiber Nests and Dyed Quail Eggs
Nests are among the season's most powerful and poetic signs of rebirth. Bring their gentle presence into your home.

Quince branches set the stage for a scene adopted from the newly invigorated outdoors: birds perched beside nests. This flock watches over quail eggs that have been dyed different colors. Asymmetrical and spare, the tableau recalls East Asian scroll paintings.

Crepe Paper Birds How-To
Coconut-Fiber Nests How-To
Dyed Eggs How-To

Chocolate Cake with Crepe Paper Snowdrops and a Phyllo Nest

A richly textured dessert is a fertile nesting ground for a miniature roost spun from kataifi, or shredded phyllo dough, and filled with candy-coated chocolate eggs. Pendulous snowdrops spring from a powdery frost of confectioners' sugar.

Chocolate Cake and Phyllo Nest How-To

Pussy Willow Nest with Dyed and Speckled Eggs

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. A trail of feathers suggests that the winged occupant has just taken flight.

Pussy Willow Nest How-To
Dyed and Speckled Eggs How-To

Birch-Wrapped Basket with Tulips and Daffodils

This oversize nest 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.

Birch-Wrapped Basket How-To

Crepe Paper Warbler with Grapevine Nest and Dyed Quail Eggs

This rendering of a warbler is inspired by the paintings of John James Audubon and other 19th-century naturalists. The 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.

Crepe Paper Warbler How-To
Grapevine Nest How-To

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