Today I just wanted to show you how to make a decorative nest which you can use for displays for Spring table settings and displays all year round.
First, take some material from nature from which you can wind a wreath (it still needs to be a bit spring-y and flexible ) - this could be old clematis- shoots, or dried sweet peas from last year .
Just have a look around to see what you can find, either in your garden or on a field trip or walk.
The material needs to be flexible and not break .I used old sweet peas .
I also got some very thin willow wisps to thread around it and some moss for the filling of the nest.
So this was my main material.
Take a handful or two of the stringy material, either clematis or old sweet peas, stretch it out so you have a long sort of string a hand wide and start turning it into a circle, as though you are making a wreath. Cup the bottom together with your hands and pad and make into a bowl. Use some willow strips to weave through it so you fasten it to itself. Make a slightly bigger wreath on top and a circlet of willow at the top.
Leave the willow sticking out here and there to get a rustic feel. Fill the bottom of your nest with moss.
Now for your eggs.
and blow out the egg yolk and egg white-
I usually get some feline assistance with the disposal of the egg yolks at this part of the proceedings !!
Clean the eggs and dry them ( more extensive instructions if you need them are in this post, ( Easter egg display with painted eggs ) then paint the eggs pale blue .
I had some “ Theresa’s Green “ paint over from Farrow and Ball, from my plate rack make-over post - and this was a perfect pale blue.
To be able to paint the egg all over, so that you do not have to hold it, you can take a wooden skewer which you can get in a kitchen shop or supermarket, normally used for barbecueing, and skewer the egg on it, sticking the skewer in through the bottom hole you made, and fixing it in the top hole in the egg.
Paint the egg all over, turning it on the skewer, than fix the skewer while the paint dries in a surface that will support the skewer and egg.I could not think of anything clever so put it in a big candle.
You get no marks or fingerprints on the egg this way and it can dry all over. Once the egg is dry, it is time to paint the little speckles on it.
Take a saucer, a brush, some dark brown oil paint and some non-smelling oil paint thinner.
You can use this as a nice Spring Table Display in whatever way you like..quite simple, with some silver candelabra's and Spring flowers-
So enjoy the Spring time and your Spring crafting!!