The Gift of Health And Happiness Ornamental Bird Nest
|A little bird nest that I found last year|
while trimming the bamboo.
A simple, thoughtful way to send health and happiness to a friend is by conveying your well wishes by making and giving a wonderful little bird nest for their Christmas tree. My sister told me about this legend a few years back. I was charmed by the thought and I wanted to make a few of these little precious ornamental nests for a few friends on my list.
The following tutorial explains how to make your own nest, but of course you can buy a pre-made nest at your local crafting store, or perhaps you have a real one left behind in your yard. Now that would be neat too!
Wire for the nest frame
Narrow, small holiday ribbon
scissors, wire snips, hot glue gun
I first made a little make shift basket with the base wire. I did this by first making a loop the circumference of the nest. I then used three additional pieces of wire to create a basket bottom, twisting the ends of the wire around the top loop.
I then grabbed a handful of moss and rolled it in my hands, tangling the material. Then I gently shaped the nest, digging into the middle with my thumbs to create the bowl-like shape.
I put a big glop of hot glue on the outside bottom of the nest and pressed it into the wire frame working it around to create the basic nest.
I then turned the nest upside down and hot glued a clothes pin to the bottom of the nest. Allow the hot glue to set up on the clothes pin.
Turn the nest back over and prop it up. Next you will place the bird, the accents you have chosen and a little bow on the top of the nest.
First start with the bird. A few of my birds came on clips, some on sticks, one on nothing. The one that had nothing, I jammed and hot glued a skewer into the bottom of that bird, cut off the excess skewer and used hot glue to place him in the nest. The extra reinforcement matters for stabilizing the bird to the nest.
Form the small bow and run a floral wire through the back of the knot.
Fold the wire in half and twist together.
Put hot glue on the wire and work it into the front of the nest to secure.
You are done! Here are my results.
A little red bird with holiday accents and a white grosgrain bow.
I little white birdie with artificial holiday greens and a thin, red satin bow.
I made this one for a friend of mine who celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah in her home.
The sky is the limit with this project. You can alter what type bird you want to use, the accents and the bows according to your recipient. Just remember to include a little note with your nest, explaining the legend. It makes it all the more special and conveys your wishes. I hope you enjoyed this little project. Would love to know which one was your favorite! Here's mine...
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