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Make a Bird’s Nest for Spring

By Ellen Luckett Baker


Brown Bag Bird's Nest

Welcome spring by making a bird’s nest with your kids. This simple project can be made with recycled paper bags for a natural look or you could try colored pastel paper for an Easter decoration. The kids will love working with the shredded bags and glue to make a grand mess.

Supplies for Brown Bag Bird’s Nest

Shredded paper bags (about one per nest)
Clear school glue
Plastic wrap
Bowl for the nest mold
Bowl for glue mixture
Tarp or outside surface for getting messy

Brown bag bird nest with blue eggs inside

Tutorial for Brown Bag Bird’s Nest

1. Gather your materials and cover the bowl with plastic wrap.
2. Mix the glue with equal parts water.
3. Dip the shredded paper bags into the glue mixture and pat them onto the bowl mold, completely covering it. Then add some dry shredded paper on top to make it have the messy nest look.
4. Allow to dry for 24-48 hours.

instructions for making brown bag birds nest
I was not able to get any photos of the kids actually working with the shredded paper and glue because my hands were covered in it! Messy stuff. We also painted some wooden eggs to go inside the nest. The kids enjoyed this project and it was a great way to welcome spring!

After we made these bowls, I searched the internet to see if there were other bird’s nest projects out there and saw that Patricia Zapata has a similar project in her book Home, Paper, Scissors: Decorative Paper Accessories for the Home. It looks like a great book and she also has a very nice blog and shop.

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About the Author

Ellen Luckett Baker

Ellen Luckett Baker is the author of the long thread, a blog about handmade goods. She has always enjoyed making things, but the flexibility of staying a...

Ellen Luckett Baker is the author of the long thread, a blog about handmade goods. She has always enjoyed making things, but the flexibility of staying at home with her two daughters along with the creative inspiration they provide has led her to craft on a daily basis. Combining her love of graphic design and sewing, she has created an Etsy shop selling machine embroidery designs and sewing patterns.

Ellen lives in Atlanta with her husband and two young daughters. She holds a B.A. in Art History and a Master’s of Public Administration with a focus in Non-Profit Management.

Ellen recently wrote 1, 2, 3 Sew: Build Your Skills with 33 Simple Sewing Projects her crafting book. She is crazy talented!

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i like how it turned out 🙂 i made some of Patricia’s in blue, pink, & white 🙂 it’s a fun project


This is such a great idea!

Carrie G

Love this idea! So great!

Lilly Higgins

This is so cute! I always mean to take photos too but its always so messy working with kids. The bluebirds eggs are a lovely touch. x


That is too cute! I’m going to make one this weekend.


How pretty. My daughter made a nest with sticks and clay last year but she insisted on leaving it outside and the rain ruined it. I wonder if I could convince her to make this little beauty to keep in her room. Thanks for the tutorial. It’s a lovely project.

Boston Mamas

Super cute. Love it!


So colourful!!

Camille Dawn

Oh, how sweet! We’re definitely doing this very soon as a “Welcome Spring!” project! Thanks for sharing!