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Make It : Early Spring Projects

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Right around this time last year I posted the flower projects below, which are some of my most favorites. We thought we'd re-post them, since, like clockwork, we're all hankering for those first signs of spring once again!

Above is another image from the same story, a handmade nest of made of dried grasses and branches. You can see the how-to at the end of this post.

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If you're like me, this is the time of year for daydreaming of spring and those first bits of color and warm weather. Above are some crafts projects from a story I worked on a few years back that was inspired by the flowers and colors of early spring. We made paper snowdrops (shown above, decorating a chocolate cake dusted with 'snow') and crocuses, which didn't run in the story so I thought I'd share them!

These are so simple to make, and they look pretty just as they are in a small vase or bottle. I also like to stick them in bits of dried moss for a very lifelike little spring vignette! See the gallery below for a few more projects...and you can look at the rest of this story here.

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crepe paper crocuses ( and a tiny nest made of phyllo dough!)

1 crepe paper crocuses ( and a tiny nest made of phyllo dough!)

crepe paper birds perched among a large arrangement of flowering branches

2 crepe paper birds perched among a large arrangement of flowering branches

a detail of a paper bird, the eggs are quail eggs dyed with food coloring, and the nest is made with dried grape vine

3 a detail of a paper bird, the eggs are quail eggs dyed with food coloring, and the nest is made with dried grape vine

the birds are made by starting with styrofoam forms... I loved making the gradations in color by tearing and glueing colored paper...

4 the birds are made by starting with styrofoam forms... I loved making the gradations in color by tearing and glueing colored paper...

Here is the nest how-to:

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Comments (3)

  • [...] You can find the cake recipe here and how to information for the paper flowers here. [...]

  • [...] gorgeous in Central Park…  I’ve sort of made a project of figuring out ways to make life-like paper versions of some of my favorite flowers. These are so nice because they look so real, and are easy to make [...]

  • [...] nånting tyckte jag. Fick lite inspiration när jag surfade runt på Martha’s sida, och såg en fin tårta med några snödroppar i. Såna ville jag också [...]

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