And of course, Spring brings eggs! I never outgrew decorating easter eggs. I made these eggs by painting paper mache eggs that I purchased at the craft store. I used DecoArt Media paints to paint the eggs. There was no fancy painting involved. I just kept adding paint until I was happy with the results. Then I added strips cut from book pages and little tiny paper flowers that I made with Sizzix Small Tattered Florals.
I've been wanting to craft a bird's nest for a long time, but I was never happy with the complexity that involved making them, so I crafted my very own easy peasy way of constructing them. I am happy with the way this came out and I want to share my technique with you.
To make the nest, the first thing that I did was cut the strips of paper. I used my Martha Stewart fringe scissors and cut up book pages and three different shades of brown cardstock. You could also use a paper shredder. I don't recall exactly how many papers that I cut, but it was several. The strips filled a large gallon size Ziploc bag.
Next, lined a plastic bowl with plastic wrap. The bowl is being used as a mold, so you'll want a "nest-sized" bowl. I have a small plastic bowl that I got at the dollar store, so I used that. Next, I scooped out a half cup of Nori paste into a small mixing bowl (a second bowl) and thinned it with two tablespoons of water. Nori paste is a great glue for paper crafts. It dries clear, washes off hands and clothing easily and it is not sticky. It also says that it's safe for children, which is a big plus. I purchased mine on Amazon because it's not always easy to find. This thinned glue mixture worked like a paper mache paste. After dipping the stripps in the paste, I pressed a layer of wet strips into the nest "mold" followed by a layer of dry strips. And then I added another layer of wet strips. This process took about three minutes. Bird's nests are not perfectly constructed, so feel free to get messy! Be certain to save a handful of paper strips to place in your nest when it's done and dry. This will cradle your eggs.
After the nest was somewhat dry, I carefully lifted it from the bowl and peeled the plastic from it. It was still wet, so I placed it on a drying rack to finish drying. This was the hard part! It took about 48 hours to dry completely. Whew! I'm not a patient woman, so waiting was a difficult task! But I'm glad that I did. It came out lovely! (as far as paper nests go)
If you try my paper nest method, let me know how it turns out. I'd love to hear from you!