How to Craft a Faux Bird's Nest With Robin's Eggs

Bring spring indoors with an easy-to-craft decorative bird's nest you can whip up while watching your favorite show. Fill the realistic-looking nest with painted robin's eggs, dyed eggs or Easter candy.

Handmade bird's nest as a spring decoration

Photography by H. Camille Smith

Photography by H. Camille Smith

Materials Needed:

  • aluminum foil
  • bowl (this will determine the finished nest's size)
  • Spanish moss
  • natural jute twine
  • assorted preserved natural moss and bark
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • scissors
  • small wood or paper eggs
  • robin's-egg blue acrylic craft paint
  • 1/2" chip brush
  • brown acrylic craft paint
  • old toothbrush
  • fine sandpaper

Paint Robin's Eggs

Coat eggs with robin's-egg blue craft paint and allow to dry (Image 1). Lightly sand painted eggs to remove brush strokes and create a smooth surface. Pour a small amount of brown paint onto a plate and mix with 1-2 drops of water to slightly thin it. Dip the end of an old toothbrush into the thinned paint then run your thumb over the brush's tip to add a speckled effect to the eggs (Image 2).

Determine What Size Nest You'll Make

Your nest can be as small or as large as you'd like by varying the size bowl you use to create the aluminum foil armature.

Bowl size influences finished faux bird's nest size

Create Aluminum Foil Armature

Cover bowl's underside with aluminum foil, tucking the corners under as you shape the foil to create an armature for the nest (Image 1). Tip: It's not necessary to cover the entire bowl; covering half to two-thirds of the bowl will work (Image 2).

Twist Spanish Moss and Twine Together

Pull a large amount of Spanish moss out of the bag and form it into a long rope-like shape (Image 1). Wrap lengths of natural jute twine around the twisted moss to help it hold its shape (Image 2).

Cover Foil, Inside and Out

Starting in the center of what will be the nest's bottom, apply a large amount of hot glue to the aluminum foil then quickly cover it with the twisted moss-and-twine rope (Image 1). Continue adding hot glue and attaching the moss and twine, pressing it against the bowl to ensure the hot glue is making contact (Image 2). Continue adding moss and twine until the aluminum foil is completely covered, going a bit beyond the foil's top to ensure that none of it will show through (Image 3). Flip the bowl over, place the nest inside the bowl and repeat the process. Create another moss-and-twine rope, if necessary, and hot-glue this to the interior of the nest until no aluminum foil is visible (Image 4).

Add Preserved Moss and Bark

As a finishing touch, attach small pieces of preserved natural moss and bark to the nest's interior and exterior with hot glue (Image 1). Fill your completed nest with Easter candy, dyed eggs or your painted robin's eggs and display (Images 2 and 3).

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