Crafts With Bird Nests

Written by jody wilber
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Crafts With Bird Nests
Kids can make bird's nest crafts for home or for the classroom. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Bird's nest crafts make great household and classroom decorations. They can be used as part of a table arrangement, or hung from the ceiling or a tree. Bird's nests can be made from materials found outside or around the home and can be decorated for use any time of the year.

Paper Bag Nest

You will need a brown paper bag, scissors, artificial grass, moss and pre-cut streamers. Cut the top part of the bag off and fold the bag down into a square nest. Fill the nest with the artificial grass and moss. Cut strips from the part of the bag that you cut off and glue the strips onto the outside of your nest. You could add stickers, foam and artificial pine cones to your nest.

Milk Carton Nest

Turn a milk carton into a bird's nest. Cut rectangular holes into the sides of a clean, dry milk carton. Paint the carton and add stickers, glitter and other designs to the outside. Place artificial grass or moss on the inside of the carton and secure with some glue. Punch a hole into the top of the milk carton and string a piece of yarn through the hole to hang from a tree or from the ceiling if using inside.

Balloon Nest

Blow up a balloon to begin to make this bird's nest. After the balloon is blown up, take long pieces of yarn and dip them in glue before wrapping around the balloon. The pieces of yarn should be about arm's length and the glue should be a bit watered down. If necessary, put the tip of the balloon into a bowl or use a paper weight to hold the balloon down. As pieces of yarn are added to the balloon, it will begin to look like a nest. Allow the yarn to completely dry and then pop the balloon. The balloon will fold inward and the result will be a hardened bird's nest.

Pine Cone Nest

Make a pine cone nest after taking a nature walk. This could be an enjoyable family activity. Go for a walk and gather pine cones of various sizes. Small pine cones may work best. Gather leaves and twigs while on your walk. Bake the pine cones on low heat for about 30 minutes in order to kill any living insects. Draw a circle on a piece of paper. Arrange the first layer of pine cones around the circle and glue together. Add another layer of pine cones on top of the first. Repeat until you have reached the desired height of the nest. Lay twigs and leaves on the inside of the nest.

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