(i recently fell in love with the artbarblog.com and that is where i got the idea. she's got some cute ones.)
- chopped paper – construction paper, newspaper, catalogs, magazines
- paper cutter or scissors (or a shredder would be best!)
- elmer’s glue + thick paint brush
- one bowl of the size that you want your bird’s nest to be
- plastic wrap
first, cut our paper into strips about 1/4″ in thickness and vary the strips in length from 6″ to 12″. next, put plastic wrap on the inside of the bowl you want to shape the nests with. mix glue with water (half and half), and brush it all on the inside of the bowl on top of the plastic wrap. then take individual strips and arrange them criss-crossing around the bowl. after a while, paint on more glue which helps keep the layers down. add more paper strips, until about four layers are formed. put some of the strips around, like a real nest and others just across so the pieces stick out. when your fingers got too sticky, wipe them on a wet towel.
let the bowls dry overnight. then….get someone to drumroll with their hands on the table…another with their feet on the floor. lift the nests out of the bowl and peal off the plastic. voila! the most beautiful and delicate nests!