Make a Bird’s Nest for Spring
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
Bowl for the nest mold
Bowl for glue mixture
Tarp or outside surface for getting messy
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.
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.
Published March 18, 2010. Last updated April 12, 2017.