Photography: Stephan Abry1 of 9
For years Kevin Sharkey has been crafting original Easter baskets for Martha. Get inspired by his most stunning creations, featuring shimmering eggs, velveteen rabbits, gilded flowers and more.
Photography: Stephan Abry2 of 9
2013: Bird's Nest
Considering this basket looks so much like a nest, I wanted to keep the arrangement natural-looking, with little more than a few dozen eggs in mostly muted shades. Some were left undyed, and others were marbleized, but my favorite is the cracked duck egg that I lined with silver leaf (though you could also use metallic craft paint).
Photography: Stephan Abry3 of 9
2012: Trumpet Lilies
For this basket, I anchored these amazing (though top-heavy) gilded metal flowers in cement . . . inside a clay pot. No, it was not my lightest Easter creation to date. Vintage-style velvet bunnies flanked the pot, and the whole arrangement rested in a shallow Shaker basket. To find one with a similar look, try basketville.com.
Photography: Stephan Abry4 of 9
2009: Black Rabbit
On a trip to Maine, I found this Japanese basket at an antiques shop and loved its simple shape and dark shade. It inspired me to adopt an unconventional palette of jewel tones for the emu and quail eggs -- and I included a velvety black rabbit, since Martha collects taxidermy.
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Decorating with chicks, geese and rabbits is nothing new -- but it's less often we see Easter's living emblems morph into the basket itself. This dark, sophisticated palate is a pleasant departure from pastel overload.
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Photography: Stephan Abry6 of 9
2007: Mother Goose
Look on Etsy for various eggs and extras to add to your composition. This basket has eastern European-style eggs (a nod to Martha’s Polish heritage) from Etsy shops such as UkrainianEasterEggs, EggArts, and EggstrArt. I like the ones with lacy designs; the thick white wax and paint look like embroidery.
Photography: Stephan Abry7 of 9
2005: Woodland Scene
Here, I incorporated chicks, since Martha raises chickens, but decided to forgo the usual candy-colored palette. Inspired by earthy tones, I used forest-green moss to fill a wire basket. Hints of brighter color came from the real and faux butterflies (orange and yellow) and toadstools (crimson).
Photography: Stephan Abry8 of 9
2001: Jumbo Glitter Egg
Making one oversize glitter egg is even easier than making a basket full of smaller ones. I threaded a wide gray silk ribbon through the open base of this basket and used another in pink to form a colossal bow atop the egg. A hot-glue gun was my best friend for adhering the decorative butterflies, birds, and amaryllis.
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The first time Martha invited me to Easter brunch, I knew just what to bring as a hostess gift: this basket of handcrafted glitter eggs. Real glass glitter—as opposed to the synthetic kind—was key to decorating the storebought cardboard egg containers.