How to Make an Artificial Bird Nest

    CRAFTS CLASSES
    TO INSPIRE CREATIVITY
    by Leigh Walker

    About the Author

    Leigh Walker has been working as a writer since 1995. She serves as a ghostwriter for many online clients creating website content, e-books and newsletters. She works as a title flagger and writer for Demand Studios, primarily writing home and garden pieces for GardenGuides.com and eHow.com. Walker pursued an English major/psychology minor at Pellissippi State.

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    A tiny bird's nest full of pretty blue eggs adds just a hint of color and whimsy to your spring decor. You can find nests like these in the wild, but bringing them inside might introduce insects into your home. Or, even worse, it may leave a small feathered friend homeless. You should never disturb real eggs in a real nest, but if you want to incorporate the simple beauty of nature in your decor, a bird's nest might be just the thing. Luckily, you can make your own using simple Spanish moss and a variety of small items gathered from your own backyard.

    Things You'll Need

    • Newspaper
    • Low-temperature hot-glue gun
    • Low-temperature hot-glue sticks
    • Plastic tub
    • Pine needles
    • Bits of straw
    • Small sticks
    • Spanish moss
    • Spray adhesive
    • Small, faux robin's eggs

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    Cover your work station with newspaper, plug in your hot glue gun and allow it to preheat for 2 to 5 minutes.

    Gather your pine needles, straw, Spanish moss and a few small sticks and place them in a plastic tub.

    Work the mixture with your hands into a ball about the size of a grapefruit. Gently press the center of the ball with your thumbs to make a circular indentation. Flatten the ball gently until it resembles a real bird's nest.

    Turn your nest upside down over your work surface and spray it gently with a coat of craft adhesive. Follow the instructions on the can for the proper drying time. Once the nest has dried, turn it over and lightly spray the top. This step will help to keep the nest together in one piece instead of dribbling bits of straw and moss around your home.

    Use the hot glue gun to affix the three robin's eggs inside the nest. Use the glue sparingly so it doesn't show.

    Display your hand-crafted bird's nest in a corner of your kitchen window, nestled among books on a shelf or even in a protected area on your front porch.

    • Spray the nest lightly with flocking and tuck in a faux holly stem before hanging it in the branches of your Christmas tree.
    • Exercise care when using hot glue in your projects. Keep children and animals away from the heated tip of the gun.