A few months back I featured my bird nest teacups in a Do-It-Yourself craft post. Well today, we’re going to cover a spin-off from that project. In just a few steps, I’ll show you how to use the same theme to create wonderfully custom Easter baskets!
First, you’ll need a basket. I like to start with a sturdy white painted wicker, because the white lends itself to multiple color schemes. Next, I’ll gather a collection of silk flowers, leaves, berries, ribbons and a bird, in complementary colors. I found some happy daisies in yellow and white, some sweet yellow roses, and some delicate green hydrangea. I will pair these flowers with ribbons of country yellow plaid organza, a shimmery teal organza, an ombre green organza, and an ombre yellow French ribbon. An integral part of the nest is the lime green reindeer moss, which you can find at Save-On-Crafts. The flowers, birds and baskets for this project were purchased at Michael’s. All elements were glued into place with a hot-glue gun, and I used some Chenilles to make ribbon tufts, but craft wire can be used as well.
The first step is to start a base for the nest on the basket rim, up against the handle. Since the hydrangea leaves are large I use those first, followed by some Dusty miller and some smaller leaves to give more width to the base.
Ribbon tufts are inserted into the nest, similar to the anchor flowers. Some are tucked under the bird while others might be glued further down the main leaf. Don’t worry about the exposed end of the tuft on the leaf, as it will be covered over by other flowers later. The idea here is to distribute the color and direction of the tufts evenly throughout the design.
The white daisies and hydrangea are now glued into the empty spaces. A similar theme of taller flowers against the basket handle and smaller flowers, leaves and ribbon tufts extending forward, is applied to the basket rim behind the nest. I try to vary the placement of flowers so that the design looks balanced, both with respect to color and flower size.
This project is fun to complete, and the design options are endless. Using a few of the basic principles described here, you can create your own beautiful, custom Easter baskets for those special people in your life. They will be thrilled!
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