"If I were a bird,
I'd sing a song & fly about
the whole day long...
And when the night comes,
go to rest, up in my cozy
little nest." Jackie Silberg
Bird nests make me smile. I have used nests in decorating even before they became popular... I have no specific "requirements" for choosing these nest...I have different shapes & sizes, egg colors vary & some are made from unique materials such as metal, wire & woven paper. I have also collected some really wonderful nest paintings by many talented artist. Visitors can find them "perched" on easels, enclosed in cloches or just "hanging out" on the wall . No wonder when the Country Living Magazine's April 2011 edition "Idea Notebook" gave a DIY tutorial on making papier mach'e nests, I "flew" right to it!
As usual, I did "sway" from the directions a tidbit. I used Modge Podge instead of glue & I liked the results because it made a stiffer nest.
I used recycled brown shredded paper that was in a gift basket given to us during the holidays. I allowed it to dry longer than the 12 hours (probably more like 24 hours...) I sat it on the dryer to dry.
|I sat the nest in a silver plated dish found at the thrift store.|
|I added live dogwood blooms, lace & a feather for texture.|
Oh, and the eggs...they were so much fun to make! Now I do have to tell you that it is a little messy. Not a project you can stop and answer the phone or fold laundry...I found that tearing your paper into small pieces helps to limit wrinkles...and have enough pieces of hymnal or book pages torn before you start, (so that you don't have to stop, wash your hands with soap, tear more pages, re-apply Modge Podge, etc.)
|Don't you love the dictionary egg with the owl. What a "hoot"!|
|I added vintage crocheted lace to this egg.|
|I used several different papers for this egg & covered it with cheese cloth & finished if off with lace & a button|
|Did Someone Say Eggs? I Smell Eggs!|
I hope you have a wonderful week, & I will be linking this project to several blogs that are featured on my sidebar. You should check them out. Remember the "early bird" gets the worm!
Keep Calm & Keep Craftin'!