Fill your home with beautiful reminders of new life and nature this spring with handmade bird's nests. They are simple to weave from items you can find in your own backyard and they are charming decorations to hang throughout your home.
Creating Your Nest
To create a bird's nest your will need a large handful of long, flexible plants. Evergreen twigs, vines, tall grass and many other items can work well. Begin by twisting one stem into a small circle, no more than 2 inches in diameter. If it doesn't want to stay, tie it with a bit of string or wire.
Creating the Base
Begin shaping your nest by weaving sticks across the circle. Use the tension created by overlapping the sticks to hold them in place.
Finish the Base
Continue until you have branches sticking out fairly evenly around the circle. Odd numbers work better than even. Seven branches will work pretty well, but the exact number will vary depending on the size of your circle.
Weaving the Nest
Now that you have the base of your nest completed, begin weaving branches around the nest in between the pieces sticking out. Weave over and under as you go around, and try to alternate each layer. Gently shape the nest into a cup shape as you weave, tightening your weaving to bring the base branches upwards.
Finishing the Nests
When your nest is getting close to the size you want stop adding new branches and weave in the base branches. Gently bend them to the side and twist them together, incorporating them into the rest of the nest. You should be able to create the entire nest just by using the resistance of the branches but if you're having trouble, pull out the glue gun to strengthen any trouble spots.
Decorating your Nest
Once your nests are woven it's time to decorate them. You can buy tiny eggs at your local craft store, you can use candy eggs, or create your own out of clay or by painting egg-shaped pebbles. Use hot glue to make sure your eggs stay in the nest. Keep your eggs similar in color to tie them together. These brown eggs are all similar in color with bright gold eggs to create a little pop.
They won't last long, but fresh flowers woven into your nest can be a stunning addition. Bright, contrasting colors like purple or red are especially stunning.
If you want your flowers to last a bit longer, try using dried flowers. These yellow flowers are the perfect accent for this dried grass nest.
This vine nest is complemented by a few felt feathers glued among the leaves and along the edge. You can also use real feathers, just be sure to wash them first if you find them outside.
For extra color, try weaving a ribbon into your nest. This deep purple gives a sophisticated look next to the green vine. If you're going to use a big ribbon, use large eggs to visually balance it.
Need an extra cheery nest? We wove this nest from palm nut stems to create this beautiful, bright orange nest. It is complimented perfectly by a series of bright eggs made from polymer clay. We left a few of the palm nuts on the branches to echo the shape of the eggs around the outside of the nest.
Hanging your Nests
Use ribbon, twine or string to hang your nests from door handles, drawer knobs or wall hooks. They're the perfect little accent for almost any room. You can create a nest to accent any decor, whether it's bright and cheery or subtle and sophisticated.
Want to create a more obvious display for your nests? Skip the Easter tree this year and hang an Easter branch! Just hang a branch horizontally on your wall and arrange your nests below. If you have the time, try two or three branches at different levels for a fuller arrangement.