DIY NESTS

SHE IS BUILDING HER NEST, MY DARLING,

IN THE STUBBLE, BRITTLE AND BROWN,

SHE IS GATHERING SHREDS AND SILKEN THREADS;

AND WISPS OF WOOL AND DOWN,

WITH HER SILVER THROAT, AND SPECKLED COAT,

AND EYES SO BRIGHT AND BROWN.

OH, AND IT IS JOY TO SEE HER MAKE

AND LINE HER NEST FOR SWEET LOVE'S SAKE,

WITH SHREDS OF WOOL AND DOWN,

WITH HER EYES SO BRIGHT AND BROWN.

I find bird nests to be miraculous!  It's absolutely amazing that a little bird with only its beak and instincts can build such an intricate little home...a soft spot to lay her eggs and raise her tiny babies.  I love seeing what the bird finds to make her little home...twigs, leaves, grass, straw...

and sometimes the unusual...horse hair, mud, string, yarn, cotton, Easter grass and occasionally a tumble weed.

We have quite a collection of nests that we've saved through the years...scavenged after strong winds and storms have blown them to the ground.  I've always felt like when you find a nest it's like a whisper from God, reminding us of the miracles all around us.

We decided this year as a way to celebrate the Spring season, we would make some nests and add them to our home décor.  We took to Pinterest and found numerous pins on DIY bird nests.  One of our favorites came from stonegableblog.com and inspired the nests we made.

These nests are a bit (maybe very) messy, but they are really fun and the end product is quite rewarding.  You will probably want to do this project outside or in the garage if possible.  This is a very inexpensive project...most of the materials come from right outside your door.

Materials...

   Spanish Moss and Green Floral Moss (these can be found at most craft stores).  We purchased ours at Dollar Tree. 

   Spray Adhesive

   Spray Acrylic Sealer in Matt

   Collection of natural materials...Sticks, Twigs, Grasses, Dried Leaves, Hay etc...

Form a handful of Spanish moss into a roundish disc shape.  Begin to make an indention or hollow in the moss to give it the nest shape.  Spray adhesive all over the nest and continue to form into a nest.  We used disposable latex gloves to keep the adhesive off our hands.  Begin adding a bit of green moss around some of the edge and the nest hollow.  Add in your natural materials.  Continue to use the spray adhesive to make everything stick together.  After the adhesive is completely dry, spray the nest with Spray Acrylic Sealer in a Matt finish.

Don't forget to add a few small feathers and eggs,  Also, a small branch under the nest adds a nice touch!  These are such fun and a great way to bring a bit of spring inside.