Wednesday, March 2, 2011

I’m Nesting

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Nothing quite says spring like a bird’s nest full of eggs ready to hatch.  It’s like a symbol of the renewal of life that takes place this time of year. 

I made a little nest of my own using some materials I already had on hand: jute twine, a bowl, and glue.  I soaked the twine in a mixture of glue and water.  I just used plain ol’ school glue.  Then, I turned the bowl upside down and started wrapping the twine around the sides of the bowl about midway.  I used a separate piece to do the base of the bowl and just went round and round starting at the center and extending all the way out to the sides.   I let it dry overnight. 

 Sorry I have no photos of wrapping the jute but I had to use both hands and they were all sticky with glue!
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While I waited, I worked on the eggs.  I am using paper mache eggs.  I bought these at Hobby Lobby just because they were only 34 cents  (+ a 30% discount)  and I just couldn’t pass them up!  You could easily make your own or use wooden or plastic or whatever other eggs you want.  These really look alright as is but I want pretty blue eggs so I am going to paint them.  I mixed these two colors of craft paint together to get my desired shade and just painted away. 

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The little price stickers were difficult to remove but it didn’t really matter once I painted, the remaining adhesive and paper didn’t show.  It just blended in to the texture of the egg.  After the first coat is dry, you can touch up any spots that are missing paint due to holding the eggs.
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Once the nest was dry, I just slid the bowl out and turned it over.  It is not a perfectly round shape.  Some of the twine has came loose but I think that makes it look more nest-like.  It is a bit delicate and could probably be made more sturdy somehow but it’s fine for me as is because I don’t plan on moving it around a whole lot.  I set it out on a table and laid my eggs (ha-ha) inside. 

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Now, I’m ready for spring!  What symbolizes spring for you?

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37 comments:

  1. I love your jute nest! I am definitely going to try one of those. I have been looking everywhere for some small nests for my mantle. They are either sold out or not the right size. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. This is really cute. What a great, simple idea. I am definitely going to try this one!

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  3. THis makes me excited for spring! Love robin eggs and bird nest! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

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  4. You are one smart lady. I love your adorable nest. It's so perfectly cute.

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  5. So simple, but very cute! I love this!

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  6. So adorable! I want one of those birds too:) I have been looking for one, but haven't come across one yet!
    Happy Spring!

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  7. I am in love with the color of these eggs - perfect for spring and the return of robins! I am definitely running over to Hobby Lobby this weekend to see if I can't find any eggs to paint - thanks for the inspiration!

    http://decoratingdiy.blogspot.com/

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  8. So cute! And what a simple idea! Thanks for linking up!

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  9. I've seen this in a few blogs now and I'm drawn to it every time. Thanks for the great (and super simple) idea).

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  10. Cute craft! I'd love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight at http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

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  11. What a fun medium to make a nest from. Awesome and fun with the eggs. I just got my spring things out today--in hope believing!

    I'm a new follower from Fingerprints on the Fridge.

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  12. oh that's is so sweet! and best of all, it's so simple too. the best kind of craft in my book! :)

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  13. SO sweet : )
    craft-interrupted.blogspot.com

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  14. Very very cute! Nice job!

    xoxo laurie

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  15. What a cute little nest!! I love this idea!! :) So adorable!!


    http://bluerobincottage.blogspot.com

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  16. that is so cute! I love bird nests!

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  17. Saw this at be different, act normal. Love it! Soooo cute!!!

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  18. SO pretty! Love it! Just popping in from the TT&J party :)

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  19. very cute. I think eggs are so beautiful.

    megan
    craftycpa.blogspot.com

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  20. really cute!! love the nest! hope you'll come see me at www.paintedfresh.blogspot.com!

    Donna
    ps. are you on linkedin?

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  21. This is so cute! I'm a new follower. I'd love for you to stop by!

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  22. SO stinkin' cute!! I actually already have everything to make these too so I just might give it a try tomorrow! Thanks so much and I'd love it if you swung by my blog sometime!

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  23. Adorable! I am going to have try this one!

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  24. Love it! So cute! I'd love to have you link this up at my new Link Party!

    http://sarahndipities.blogspot.com/2011/03/make-something-monday-link-party-1.html

    -Sarah

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  25. Oh my! This is totally adorable!!

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  26. Love it - so happy and spring-y! Also I followed your blog!

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  27. How cute! And what a creative idea! Great job :)

    Jessica

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  28. Love this idea! I've been looking for the perfect small nest for my mantel and never thought to make my own. Thanks for sharing.

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  29. That is just so cute! I see the tulips popping up in my landscaping right now and I know spring is coming quickly.
    http://itsybitsypaper.blogspot.com

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  30. Adorable. I need all this SNOW to melt first, before I can think "spring!" So frustrating. I love your little nest, though! So cute!

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  31. I featured this today! I'd love for you to come grab a featured button. Thanks for linking up last week!

    Krista

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  32. Love this, featuring it! :)

    Lois

    www.auntielolocrafts.blogspot.com

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  33. Really cute & good spring inspiration. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday:)

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  34. Sweet and perfect for spring!

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