Because it’s officially spring and because I have a question for you….
….it’s nest day here at Thistlewood.
The other day I was going home from the ballpark when I saw a nest perched high atop the bridge over the river.
And not only was there a nest….there was a bird there too.
Here’s the nest and the bird.
It’s kind of blurry….but can you tell what type of bird it is?
And if so….do they normally build nests on bridges?
I was a little worried for the bird so high up there.
But then my husband reminded me….that birds can fly.
In on the ground nest news….
….I made this one out of jute twine and filled it with chalkboard eggs.
It was an easy project that took only about an hour.
Want to make your own?
Here’s the DIY.
How to Make a Jute Twine Nest
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Step 1: Blow up balloon and insert it into a container
Here’s mine in a milk glass urn.
(total aside: everything looks better in a milk glass urn)
Step 2: Make your own decoupage mix
This is the perfect inexpensive way to make your own decoupage.
Mix 3 parts Elmer’s Glue-All to one part water.
Step 3: Dip twine in decoupage mix
I dunked my twine and soaked it for just a little bit.
Then I started criss-crossing it on top of the balloon.
Step 4: Continue adding twine
I kept adding twine in a random pattern until it looked like this.
Turn the balloon so you make sure you get even random coverage.
Just criss-cross it until it looks right.
Let dry thoroughly.
Step 5: Pop the balloon
Once your nest has dried, pop the balloon. Once the balloon is popped, it just pulls away to reveal a perfect (or a little random) jute nest.
Trim the edges of the nest and any extra glue strings.
I added chalkboard eggs to the nest with a tiny crossword puzzle.
PS Now I’m off to check on my new feathered friends on the bridge.
This post was sponsored by Elmer’s Products. All ideas and opinions on nests and glue and jute twine are completely my own.
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