Nest of branches — 60 photos how to make a decorative ornament with your own hands
Very often, many parents are faced with the problem of creating various crafts for children. At the same time, a child can receive a task from a kindergarten teacher or a teacher at school, or maybe on his own initiative. A dry branch is ideal for this type of activity.
At times, an ordinary snag can turn into a glorious animal or intricate decorative objects. One of the most popular DIY options is a decorative bird's nest.
A composition of branches will perfectly decorate the interior of your home or wonderfully complement your garden, it can be made from any improvised materials collected in nature or on the territory of your own home.
There are many ideas for designing a decorative nest. Surely you have met many different descriptions and step-by-step instructions with photos of a nest made of branches more than once. The composition can be a small Easter souvenir or a huge nest in order to attract the attention of storks.
Very often, the appearance and size of a decorative miracle depend on the intentions of the developer himself. As an example, photos of small children sitting in nests made of branches are now very well known.
What types of raw materials and devices will be needed to build a nest?
To develop an artificial nest with our own hands, we will use pre-prepared materials and tools:
- a little hay;
- small branches of trees;
- thick thread;
- bird feather;
- colorless glue;
- plastic plate.
Spray paint can also be useful for painting the nest, it will add an element of magic to it. If possible, you should stock up on quail eggs in order to invest them in the manufactured composition.
Of course, you need to remove the contents of the eggs in advance and save only the peel. Next, you need to figure out where to place our nest of branches. Someone will definitely "plant" it on a tree, this will require additional costs of materials: large tree branches, leaves, where we will place the product and transparent glue.
Creating a decorative miracle with your own hands
How to make an artificial nest yourself? In the beginning, we need to form the basis of our nest, for this we will need flexible small stems or a disposable plastic plate. Instead of stalks, you can do with a vine, straw, grass or algae. These materials can be collected by yourself or purchased at a gardening store.
There is an alternative to this method, for this you need to make a small hole in the center of the bowl or foam. Then the branches are attached to the base with a thread or transparent glue. On the surface, carefully place straw or algae in a circle, for reliability they can also be fixed with glue.
Next, take a large bunch of stems and bend it into a ring to form the English letter U. If the closed ring did not work, you need to add more branches. Then you need to tie the tips with a thread or wire. If there are a lot of small, dry and hard leaves on the branches, then you can braid them together without auxiliary devices.
But there are situations when it is difficult to connect the base of the nest, then it is worth gluing the tips of the composition to each other and waiting for the glue to dry.
It is undesirable to use glue if your nest will be placed outside. Unless the cut plants do not retain the shape you need, you need to hang the bundle on the porch of the house for a day so that it dries. Fresh stems of some plants are woven effortlessly, but you will only benefit if you choose straw or grass.
Creating the second part of a decorative nest
To do this, take a small bundle of branches and fold it into a smaller ring. Next, insert it into a large nest and gently push it down, just like that, the base of your nest was formed.
To combine the rings with each other, you need to use threads and glue, so you will give strength and reliability to your composition.
Design (decoration and finish) socket
So, the base of the artificial nest is ready. Professionals advise: for a small decorative nest, quail eggs will work wonderfully, in which you need to make a neat hole in the center and blow out all the contents.
Birds spend the whole day looking for scraps or pieces, so that the nest is cozy and reliable. Of course, a person will not have huge difficulties to do it much faster, but take your time and you will get great pleasure from finding amazing objects in the forest, in nature and on the site of your house.
A few ideas for beginners
If you plan to keep a nest in the yard of your house, then you need to choose materials exclusively collected in nature for it, and do not use anything that can cause damage to birds. It would be wise to use the feathers and eggshells of a quail or other suitable bird.
For example, in the United States, it is prohibited to collect feathers of several types of birds, even if they are harmless and do not spread deadly infections. In Russia, a similar law has not yet been introduced, so if you just collect feathers and do not disturb the bird, you are not in danger. But it is worth remembering about personal hygiene, you need to wash your hands with detergent.
Collect stems, dry leaves and moss, beautiful and unusual appearance and colors.
If an artificial composition serves as an interior decoration of your home, then you can use threads, colored paper and confetti.
At the end of your composition, you need to put the eggs in the nest. You can use marble pebbles or tennis balls, or put real bird eggs, they need to be decorated or draw something unusual or make a carving with the necessary tools.
You can also give the nest a metallic tint, while adding a little mystery. Fairy-tale bird feathers taken from ordinary decorative hairpins are also used.
So, to make an artificial nest of branches, you can use everything that the creator might like: colorful ribbons, bird feathers, beads, dried flowers, straw and even moss.
Creating a decorative nest with your own hands is not only a pleasant pastime, but also a benefit to our little feathered friends.
Photo of a nest of branches