Monday, May 02, 2011

Potted Birds Nests



A week before Easter I found myself over at All Things Heart and Home admiring some beautiful little birds nests in flower pots. I loved her idea so a few days before Easter my daughter and I got to work. We collected the following materials...

  • 5" terra cotta pots
  • 4" bird nests
  • small wooden eggs
  • paint for eggs and pots
  • brown glaze for pots
  • a couple of varieties of moss
  • twigs
  •  

    I started by distressing the pot a bit with some off-white and moss-colored craft paint. I'd sponge a little on and wipe a little off. It's a very exact science. {Not.} I then added a little bit of smoke-colored glaze to outside of the pot to give it just a little more depth.


    Then I began to attach (with hot glue) some moss to the side of the pot, bringing it up to the rim and over to the inside of the pot.  I used a couple of different kinds of moss for variety.


    A nest was added to the top of each pot and some twigs from my apple tree gave it a little more believability!


    My daughter mixed paints to come up with three different colors of turquoise to paint the wooden eggs. Then we speckled them by watering down some brown craft paint, dipping an old toothbrush in the paint, and flicking the paint onto the eggs. So cute...


    I used these cute nests in between vases filled with white tulips on Easter. I plan on using them all summer long as decorations in our home. 



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    14 comments:

    laura@imnotatrophywife.com said...

    Love these! I od'd on plastic eggs this year and next year I want to get back to a more earthy Easter!
    laura@imnotatrophywife.com

    Muddy Boot Dreams said...

    OK, I just happen to be over the top nuts about birds nest, and those are gorgeous!

    Love them, adore them, am astounded by how absolutely gorgeously beautiful they are, yes!

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

    Julie said...

    I voted for you!

    Candace@craftysisters-nc said...

    *love* these! I'm heading over to vote for you! :)

    Krystal said...

    LOVE! Those are sooooo beautiful!

    gail said...

    sooo pretty! I love these nests!
    headed to vote,
    gail

    annemarie said...

    Love the bird nests - must try them - just voted for you!

    colorchic said...

    Can I vote for these too because they are awesome!

    Julie Harward said...

    I love birds nest with blue eggs in them..who doesn't right?! Very cute. :D

    Kim@todayismysome-day said...

    these are just beautiful! I have been looking for some Spring/Summer decor to replace all the "bunny stuff" I had to take down from Easter. Great job!

    Brandy J. said...

    I just found your blog and am your newest follower. These nests are STUNNING. Thanks for the great blog full of inspiration.

    Christina said...

    so so sweet!! I love the color of those eggs with the moss too!

    Thanks so much for linking up to "20 Below Thursday"! :)

    Jessica @ O. Alouette said...

    Oh wow these are so awesome!! Love the blue eggs.

    Jen said...

    These are gorgeous! What a fantastic idea! I can't wait to make my own version of these simple and lovely nests, thanks for sharing! I'd love for you to stop by my blog sometime, www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com