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26 March, 2015

Easy and Inexpensive...Paper Mache Bird's Nests

Yaay! Spring has finally sprung here in Georgia and soon the birds will begin building their nests! Not to be outdone, I have created a few little nests of my own to bring a little touch of spring indoors. Not only were they easy, but they were super inexpensive as well. And…you are not going to believe what they are made of!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Paper Mache Bird's Nest supplies Brown paper lunch bags and glue! Yep…you read that right!
Here’s what you will need:
  • Lunch bags (approximately two per nest, depending on the size) that have been shredded or cut into thin strips. I shredded mine in the paper shredder.
  • Elmer’s Glue-All or similar glue that dries clear
  • Water
  • Small bowl as the nest form
  • Plastic wrap
  • Aluminum foil

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Paper Mache Bird's Nest tutorial And here’s what you will do:
  • Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap.
  • Turn the bowl upside down on aluminum foil.
  • Mix the glue with water (2 parts glue, 1 part water). I started out with half and half, but I found that was too watery.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Paper Mache Bird's Nest tutorial
  • Place the shredded lunch bags in the glue mixture until wet and then squeeze out the excess.
  • Press the paper to the bowl in small handfuls, forming it to the sides of the bowl as much as possible.
  • Pull away the excess paper at the bottom of the bowl, leaving some of the shreds to give a twiggy effect.
  • Allow to dry for 12 hours. Pull away the aluminum foil and, leaving the plastic wrap in place and keeping the bowl upside down, allow it to continue drying a few more hours until the outer edges seem dry. I actually placed mine upside down on top of a soda can for this part.
  • Pull away the plastic wrap and the bowl, being careful not to disturb the nest, and let it finish drying right side up.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Paper Mache Bird's Nest Now your nest is ready to fill! I added some leftover shreds as a little extra fluff in the bottom of the nest and then added the eggs.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Paper Mache Bird's Nest I really like the look of the shredded paper…almost like a real nest!

Baby Kitty Baby Kitty loves the nests, too, and has some ideas for ways that they can be used, including adding them to the place settings at your Easter dinner as take-away gifts or little decorations for your guests.

He suggests filling them with easy-to-make Pottery Barn inspired glitter eggs. Not only are they inexpensive to make, but I have a time-saving cheat for you, too! You’ll find the instructions here.

Now…I’m ready to see some real nests along with the official arrival of spring! How about you? Are you seeing any signs that spring has arrived?

Remember to pin it!

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  1. Debbie, These nests are awesome! I love that they are just made from paper bags!!! So great, I can't wait to try and make some:) Thanks for sharing!

  2. What a cute idea and a great way to recycle those paper bags!

  3. These are really cute - I think they'll be a good project for doing with the grandchildren when we visit later this week. Your instructions are so good and clear!

  4. Such a unique idea, Debbie...I had to pin them!

  5. Truly ADORE this idea ~ can't wait to make these....perhaps for everyone's plate for Easter?!! I think so!

  6. This idea is so great,i love it,thanks so much Debbie.

  7. Thanks so much for sharing this great project. I love birds nests and this is one I will have to try soon.

  8. Debbie,
    I am so going to try this DIY project...LOVE how it looks.


  9. Oh Debbie, this is such a great idea! It looks fabulous and so cheap to make. Thank you for sharing! :) Julie

  10. This nest is so beautiful! Way prettier than any store bought nest. I absolutely love it! I have pinned it and will be sharing over at G+ and FB! HUGS! Chloe

  11. Debbie, Such a great idea! I love the idea of adding them to the place settings. This might be a little project to share with my granddaughter today.

  12. How cute is that!? I love it. I collect nests from my yard once they have fallen out of the tree and love to decorate with them. These are just perfect and easy!

  13. Debbie,
    Adorable and so creative! Happy Easter.


  14. This is such a neat idea! I can see this one on my future!


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