So, who else is *so happy* that spring is here?!? I know I am!
Today I want to share a tutorial that will bring a little bit of spring inside your home, though originally I made it to use as a decoration for a bridal shower. I didn’t think at the time to take step-by-step photos as I was making it, because at the time I didn’t intend on doing a tutorial. But then Lindsay posted about her Five Dollar Challenge, so I decided to go ahead and enter it. Hopefully I can explain it well enough for you all.
Supplies – I bought everything I needed from the Dollar Tree, and used some supplies we had on hand. Here’s what you’ll need:
For the Base - I used a black metal tea-light holder that had a pedestal base, and it also had sides. If you can’t find it, I’m sure you can find something similar – a normal glass candlestick would probably work too. You just want something with a little height wide enough at the top to support the base of the nest.
For the nest – I found a two pack of Styrofoam discs, about an inch thick and 5 inches in diameter. I used one of these for the foundation of the nest. I used a bag of Spanish moss to make the actual nest. I also gathered some twigs from a few of our many mulberry trees.
Something to put in the nest – Since it was originally for a bridal shower, I used two “lovebirds” to put in the nest. You should be able to find them near the front of the store, where all the little knick-knacky things are. (Assuming all Dollar Trees are laid out the same – every one I’ve been in is.) But you are free to use your imagination when it comes to putting things in the nest – I think some eggs would be nice, or maybe one bird and some eggs, or a small glass dish with jelly beans or those “robin’s egg” malted chocolate candies !
Ribbon and some small artificial flowers – I had these on hand, and I used baby’s breath for the flowers.
Putting it all together:
The base – I decided to spray-paint the tea light holder, so two coats of cream spray paint was the first step.
The nest – First, I arranged five little twigs on the top of the Styrofoam disc, with ends joined in the middle. Think like a pie cut into five pieces. Of course you can use more or less twigs, or none at all.
Then, I took small pieces of the Spanish moss and hot-glued them all around the edges of the disc. For the top of the nest, I took one big chunk of moss, formed it into a circle with a “well” in the center, put a bunch of hot glue on the top of the disc and over the sticks, and gently pressed the nest in place. Then I went back and filled in any gaps were I saw the Styrofoam peaking through with more hot glue and bits of Spanish moss.
Attaching the nest to the base – This part took some thought and a few tries. I wasn’t sure if the base would support the nest with the birds in it without being too top heavy and tipping over. I tried gluing the nest to something and sitting it down inside the base, but then the nest didn’t sit flush with the top of the base so I pulled it off. In the end, I took the base and sort of pushed it into the bottom of the Styrofoam disc to make a little “ditch” and then just ran a thick line of hot glue around the rim of the base and put that into the ditch I’d made. I held it firmly until it dried, and it worked well.
The nest looked a little lopsided on the base since I didn’t center it exactly right, so I just balanced it out by gluing another clump of Spanish moss onto the one side.
Decorating – I placed the birds into the nest to see how I wanted to arrange them, then I took them out, put hot glue on the bottom of them, and set them back in. Then I made a small bow using some ribbon, and glued it and a flower to one of the twigs sticking out. Then I randomly artistically glued a few more flowers to the other twigs, and when it looked nice and pretty, called it a day.
Here’s another photo:
Base – $1
Styrofoam disc – $0.50 ($1 for a 2-pack)
Spanish moss – $1 for the bag, I used about half
Birds – $2 ($1 each)
All other supplies – on hand
Total cost: $4.50
Okay, I hope that was clear enough! Happy crafting and if you have any questions, feel free to ask and I’ll do my best to answer!