My sister is super creative. A few weeks before our parent’s anniversary, she asked me if I wanted to help with a gift she was going to make… and of course I wanted to help! After seeing what she made, I asked her to type up a “how to”… and here it is:
Hi y’all. Christy asked me to type up a “how to” for you. I suppose this should be accompanied by pictures featuring each step, but it doesn’t. You will have to settle for just a picture of the finished product. It’s not hard. I’m sure everything will be just fine.
Our dad and mom’s backyard is a magical fairy fantasy. Cement bunnies hop around metal fairies and spears with shiny globes (spear side down into the garden of course). For their anniversary we decided to make them a bird nest material holder thing. I really don’t know what you would call it so let’s go with that… a bird nest material holder thing.
Since I live closer to our folks I was in charge of the construction and Christy provided the actual nesting material. Now to the how to:
* Metal Whisks (I used three)
* Flower wire (or something equivalent)
* Beads (holes need to be big enough for your wire to fit through)
* Something to hold it all together (I used a ceramic bird but to tell you the truth it wasn’t my first choice. My goal was to get a saucer like item with holes around the edge that could double as a bird feeder. If you can find that more power to you! Then you have a feeder and nest builder in one! My back up was just a big silver ring but an hour or so of walking up and down the isles at Michael’s lead me to the ceramic bird.)
Make it all happen:
* How you want to hang each whisk will depend on how many you have and what your hold-y thing is. Just remember that it will be hanging so try to balance and make whisk dangling lengths different. Attach one end of wire to your holdy-thing. It’s wire so I just looped it around itself a few times and then cinched together with a tool (I forgot the name of that tool. The one you use to squish things together. I used the one from my necklace making kit. You know what I’m talking about right? The squishing tool.)
* String the wire with your fancy beads. If you have ones that have to be upright make sure you are threading them the correct way (I had to redo a couple because I was paying more attention to the TV then my craft making).
* Attach the other end of the wire to a whisk.
* Do it again and again and again until you have all whisks hung and a loop at the top to hang on a branch.
* Cut your material, yarn, and such, into strips. Mine should have been skinnier and longer to make them easier for birds to carry off and easier to stick in the whisks. Do as I say not as I do.
* Weave the nesting material into your whisks.
TA DA!!!! Well done you!
The goal of our bird nest material holder thing was for it to be colorful and we liked that it held material from their grandchildren’s clothing scraps. What you put in there is really up to you. Apparently the comfy nest fluff birds like best is dog hair. I don’t know about you but I have an abundance of that it just isn’t that pretty rolled up in a ball and stuck in a whisk. There is an Internet debate about the use of lint so up to you which side of the argument you fall on. Twigs, leaves, grasses also are good if you want more of a nature theme. Yarn is also very popular, as you can imagine.
Happy bird watching!
Thank you Wendy!!!