Fashioning a Nest

by | Aug 23, 2010 | crafts, Tutorials | 33 comments

Nests are all the rage right now.  They are so symbolic of new life, protecting your family, and creating a comfortable environment.  Until now, I never really thought about the aspect that a nest is made entirely by the occupants and entirely out of found materials.  I’ve found nests before with gum wrappers tucked in.  When I was a little girl, my mom would trim my hair and we would throw my hair in the yard for the birds to use.  Our feathered friends don’t hire contractors or go to Lowes; they recycle with nature’s litter (and sometimes ours) and toil to make something they are pleased with.  It’s really remarkable. 
In addition to all of these deeper subliminal messages, nest are just pretty.  They provide great texture and are a stylish way to bring the outdoors in.  Finding a wild nest is not the easiest thing and one certainly doesn’t want to evict a family of swallows for the sake of home decor, so the best option is to make one. 
You can find pre-made nests at craft stores, but they always look dinky and machine made.  Here’s a simple way to make one that looks much more natural.  Start with a small grapevine wreath.  I found this one at a yard sale for $.50, but you can get them at any craft store. 
Cut the vine that wraps around the wreath to hold it together and remove.  Use your fingers to gently pull the wreath apart.  I’m using this one in a glass hurricane, so I pulled it out vertically, but the idea is to loosen it up and make the shape more “nest like.”
Tuck a handful of moss inside the grapevine wreath.  I use American Moss, purchased from Hobby Lobby.  It looks grassy and has a nice texture for a nest. 
Shape it into the wreath, making a spot in the center for eggs.
I fill my nests with either real eggs (with the yolk and white blown out), ceramic eggs, or some blue decorative eggs I found at Easter. 
These are ceramic eggs I purchased from Hobby Lobby for $1.33/each and they look very real. 
So, for just a few dollars and a few minutes, you can bring some nature into your home in a way other than a house plant.  And the best part is you don’t have to water it. 
Miss Mustard Seed


  1. Simply LKJ

    Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I thought you had used a grapevine wreath.

  2. The Far Fifty

    I love the no watering part!

    When my sister and I were little girls we would hang pieces of yarn on the bushes for the birds to make nests.

  3. Courtney @ A Diamond in the Stuff

    Love the nests!!!

    I had a question for you, when you sell items that have the nests on them, do you sell the nest along with the item that it's on? Or do you keep the nests and use down the road? Thanks!!!

  4. Jen~ Lipstick and Laundry

    Love it and very realistic! I would have never thought to use a grapevine wreath! Thanks…

  5. Ali @ Honey and Maple Syrup

    Ooo, I love this! I tried making a nest out of a grapevine wreath before and it didn't end so well, so I'll have to try it your way.

  6. southerninspirationsblog

    Just today I was thinking about trying to make a nest – thanks for the great instructions! I am going to give it a try!!

  7. Miss Mustard Seed

    Courtney, I sell the nest as well. If someone doesn't want it, then I'll lower the price and keep it for something else.

  8. Rebecca@This Present Life

    Thanks for the tutorial. I have a cloche that I was thinking would look perfect with a nest in it. I thought I'd have to go climb a tree to find one…but instead I think I'll just head to Hobby Lobby!

  9. Love of the Sea

    For some reason, all of a sudden I have loved nests. I bought several for Easter and spring, and decorated them around my house. I love them with little eggs in them so I really enjoyed your post. It reminded me of when I was a little girl, my Mom would take the hair out of the brush and throw it in the yard for the birds to make their nests. To this day – I still do that! This brought back great memorie….

  10. Ellen

    Lovely….thank you for sharing this! smiles.

  11. Empty Nest Full Life

    Looks great, and I actually have a few grapevine wreaths that I made, that I will be fluffing up a bit. Jackie

  12. Tales From My Empty Nest

    I love the way you made your nest. And it looks so easy. Thanks for sharing. I love bird nests. They are so sweet!!! Love & blessings from NC!

  13. Cayce

    I just wanted you to know yours is my favorite blog. I wish I could go to lucketts just for your booth! (Ok, that sounded a tad creepy)
    Many thanks for great reading that keeps me from falling asleep during night feedings… 🙂
    Cayce, a tennessean in carolina

  14. stormygirl

    Gorgeous! I made one about a month ago, and put it in an apothecary jar in my powder room. I used a few left over bits and pieces I had from other projects. Your nest is beautiful, and I love reading your blog!
    Stormy (Australia).

  15. Restyled Vintage

    Funny,I have kept my eggs in a 'nest' for years….in a basket on my kitchen bench with some of that artificial hay kind of stuff they pack out gift baskets with….I never really thought of it as decorative, I always did it because it made a nice soft surface to store my eggs on, lol

    xx Karen

  16. Holly Lefevre

    That is fabulous! I have tons of those wreaths…I see nests in my future!

  17. Marianne@Songbird

    I have made nests, I have found nests, I love nests. Not a coincidence they ended up in my blogname.
    We can still decorate with nests in Fall, can we?!

  18. Tania

    Thanks for sharing this great idea!

  19. michelle

    I love it!!! I have been looking for a nest to put under my glass done! Super easy, thank you!!!

  20. Autum

    I'm so glad you shared this. I'm going to be teaching the 4 and 5 year-old Sunday school class and have been looking for things we can make. This will be great for that age and also pretty. Not so pre-school crafty. Thanks!!

  21. fairyrocks

    Genious I say!!
    Love that no birds were harmed in the nest/ egg making process.

  22. Melissa

    Just wanted you to know I am giving you a shout out on my blog today! Thanks so much for all your instructions for fixing my little dresser!
    Melissa @ Kensington Cottage

  23. Leah

    in the words of phineas and ferb…i know what we're going to do today!! i had actually put out 4 small grapevine wreaths in my garage sale this weekend because i had no idea what to do with them..thank goodness they didn't sell because now i know!! woohoo! thanks for this!!!!

  24. Sandi

    Love your nest idea! It turned out so cute and just perfect.
    I love what Leah said about putting wreaths out in her sale. I had some votive holders in my garage sale and went back out and snatched them up when I saw an idea online. LOL

  25. Dawn

    I live on a farm and over the years have found many nests made entirely out of hair from my horses tails. They are so beautiful and very personal to me, as well. I have them all around my house and they always initiate a lot of interesting conversation. Thanks for the post!

  26. Tricia

    Great timing. I am working on the decorations for a baby shower and nests are a BIG part of this. Thanks for a great idea. I took bed springs and filled them with moss. (one for each guest) But this is a perfect idea for the dessert table. I will be posting my shower decorations in Sept. on

  27. Chicken Wrangler

    Great way to make a nest – and to feather it too!!! Enjoyed your post!



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