DIY bird nests – made and discovered

I love having a go at making bird nests as spring is approaching – it’s something I’ve done for the last few years. I love having them in the house, the way they look and the combination of colours. It’s also a good opportunity to talk to the boys about the signs of spring.

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A ‘how-to’ probably isn’t necessary, but I’ve just included a few hints and tips in case you would like to have a go at making one for yourself.

What you need: 

  • Dried grass, straw and a little bit of dry moss
  • Thin wire – we used gold.
  • Feathers
  • Blown eggs – I use a sewing pin to make a small hole in the top and the bottom and then blow the contents out. Just make the hole a little bigger if you’re finding it tricky. We also bought some small speckled eggs from Homesense.
  • Paint – we used copper and gold.
  • Natural dye – tumeric, frozen berries and red cabbage work brilliantly. Soak the eggs for a good few hours, or overnight.

The whole process of making the nests is really a case of trial and error – getting the basic shape is definitely the hardest part. Start by making a round shape with some grass and then gradually add to it, using small lengths of wire to secure. Moss can be helpful for the bottom, and thicker pieces of grass are good for laying across the bottom too. Once it feels secure you can trim any parts that are sticking out, or slot them in. Win took control of arranging the eggs – where to place them and deciding which ones to paint.

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Chocolate eggs – Making chocolate eggs takes no time at all and the best thing is that you can use your favourite chocolate – I like mine from Lidl. It is easy for young children to fill the moulds and then use a small knife to join two halves together once they are set.

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Ring holder – Following on from the mention of clay pots last week I had a little play around with air dry clay and made a very simple ring holder. It really isn’t much, and next time I’ll be a little more ambitious!

How stunning do these eggs look? I may have to have a go at them next year. I think they are so pretty.

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Have a truly wonderful Easter weekend!

E xx

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3 Comments

  1. 25th March 2016 / 10:31 am

    Those nests look so pretty, I love the speckled eggs. I remember my mum used to paint and dye eggs with us when we were young and I still haven’t done it with my boys. Your chocolate eggs look yummy, yet another thing I mean to do each year. I would find them very difficult to give away though 😉 xx

    • Esther
      2nd April 2016 / 10:16 pm

      Thanks Hayley! We did eat a lot of the chocolate eggs – that’s for sure! x

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