Monday, March 11, 2013

How to make a beautiful bird's nest
for just a few pennies


Spring is in the air!  Here in North Carolina, the daffodils are in full bloom.  Although it was hard to get out of bed in the darkness this morning, it's wonderful to have long, light evenings again.  

I'm ready now to add a little spring to my decor.  I wanted a bird's nest for the lamp table on my front porch, so I made one.  It's so simple and so inexpensive!



I started with a couple of items from the dollar store: a coconut planter liner and a bag of loose moss.



I used a small bowl as a form.


I simply turned the bowl upside down my work surface, tore off a hunk of the coconut liner, and shaped the liner around the inverted bowl.   The coconut liner material sticks together easily.  You'd never know there was a bowl under there, would you?


When I turned it right side up, it looked like this:


Then I shaped and formed the nest a bit more, trimmed off some of the excess, and added some moss to make the nest look a bit more natural.



A couple of robin's eggs completed the project.


I also made a smaller, deeper nest to hold a single egg:


Making both these nests took me less than 10 minutes.  I reckon I can make at least half a dozen nests from one coconut liner and one bag of moss.  That would be 33 cents per nest!  I think I'll make several to decorate Easter lunch tables at church.

For now, I like the way my nest adds a bit of spring to the front porch.


What do you think?  Could you use a bird's nest in your spring decor?

I'm joining Beth at Home Stories A to Z for Tips and Tutorials
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
"The Scoop" ladies for the Mega Spring Linky Party

36 comments:

Dani said...

What a great idea! I'm definitely going to try to make some for Easter. Thank you for sharing such a easy and inexpensive craft. Blessings, Dani

Leslie Harris said...

You're right Richella, this is a great looking nest and the best part is the price. I need to make some for my Easter table, thanks for sharing.
Leslie (Gwen Moss)

Tonya @ Love of Family And Home said...

Super cute Richella!! I love this!

NanaDiana said...

Well, aren't YOU a clever girl? I really like how that turned out- xo Diana

Olive said...

beautiful...well done

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, I just pulled out two nests with my Easter decorations and I have two different ones downstairs in the basement. I love nests in the spring or early summer. Great project-thanks for sharing.
Noreen

Carol said...

Great idea, Richella! I've made nests before (or tried) using just the moss, and that is kind of messy and fragile. I really like the idea of the coconut liner.

Shelly W. said...

So cute! I made a bunch of small nests a couple of years ago to use on my own Easter table. So easy and a nice touch to the table.

Old Road Primitives said...

I've noticed that birds, bird nests, things w/ moss and topiaries are "hot" this Spring!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I totally love this idea. I never in a million years thought about use the coconut liners and moss, this is just the cutest. Thanks so much for the wonderful tutorial and for linking up. Hugs, Marty

Paula@SweetPea said...

Your nest looks like a bird made it. I never would have guessed that you used a coconut liner. What a great idea!

Liz Hockamier said...

Well! Isn't that smart! :)
Pretty vignette too. :)

Have a great week.
~Liz

Terri at Finder's Keeper's said...

You are brilliant! Love these and I think even I could make one:) I am not as crafty as you are. When you say dollar store do you mean Dollar General, Family Dollar or Dollar Tree or somewhere else??

Thanks for info and for always sharing ideas.

Dining Delight said...

Great idea and tutorial! I have the moss now I have to find the coconut liner. Thanks for mentioning you may use the nests for your church luncheon tables - I needed something for that too and this might be perfect!

DD

Lisa said...

VERY realistic! I am a huge fan of bird decor so I need to get busy making nests! Great tutorial. Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven.
xo,
Lisa

Spittin-Toad said...

Love the idea..I pinned it for all te see! :)
Denise

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Great Richella and so easy too! I love the darling egg nest! Thank you for the idea and tutorial, sweetie. Have a good week.
FABBY

Shandy said...

That is just darling! I will definitely be making one :) Pinning this as well! Have a great day!

Maria Elena said...

I love, love this idea! How clever! Thank you for sharing it.

Patti@OldThingsNew said...

Beautiful Richella. You are just so clever. Blessings to you, Patti

Charlotte Ann said...

Absolutely LOVE this idea! You are soooo creative! Thank you for sharing with us!

Style Sisters said...

That is such a great idea! These are too cute! Come link up to centerpiece Wed on my blog The Style Sisters http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2013/03/centerpiece-wednesday-and-wrap-up_12.html
Karin

Fairhope Supply Co. said...

Great idea! Thanks.

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I love your bird's nest. Adorable! What a lovely front porch you have!

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Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

I love this idea! I'm planning a trip to the dollar store this weekend and these items will definitely make it into my cart. :) I love bird nests and can't wait to make my own.

Katie said...

I love this! I would have never thought that such an adorable wreath could be made from dollar store supplies. Looks like I'll be making a trip later!

melissa * 320 Sycamore said...

I love how these look~much more realistic. And you know I love a good dollar store project!! Big hugs to you~

At The Picket Fence said...

That is soooo clever and just adorable Richella! I can't wait to try making my own! :-)
Vanessa

Robin said...

Brilliant! I found you from a post you did aging terra cotta pots! Just visiting again and had to tell you I love your precious bird nests!
xo
Robin
All Things Heart and Home

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

So cute and thrifty too! I must try this!

The Single Nester said...

Just love it. So easy and cheap!

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Rebekah Barney said...

I found your post from pinterest and used your idea to make birds' nest centerpieces for a friend's baby shower (momma bird, baby bird theme). They turned out beautiful, were quick to make, and were also very economical- $6 for centerpieces for 8 tables! Just wanted to THANK YOU for sharing this gem!!! :)

The Tablescaper said...

Love this! So smart of you to figure out how to do this so economically. They look great!

I'd love to have you link to Seasonal Sundays next week!

- The Tablescaper

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