Thursday, March 8, 2012

Radiant Bird Nest by Connie K.

I was so happy when Emily contacted me to be a guest designer again...

For those of you who know me or have taken classes from me locally or elsewhere you know there is going to be some glitter fun at some point...

This time of year, even in the desert my thoughts turn to spring and all it brings ...right outside my studio window I have a birdbath and love watching them come and go as I get my work done...
So, I was digging through my treasures for inspiration ...naturally when I found this nest I had an aha moment!

I think this would be a great project for your spring tablescape...

Supplies to gather
3 inch brown nest
2 speckled eggs
tin bird...found this in the easter section hobby lobby
small wooden spool
resin frame...melissa frances
twill ribbon natural...May Arts
reindeer moss
small paper mache birdhouse ...hobby lobby
craft paint americana
tea green
vintage photo distress ink
pool alcohol ink and applicator
designer dries clear adhesive
#33 baby blue ultrafine opaque glitter
#264 ash ultrafine opaque glitter
random branches ...found
girls paperie green brocade
7 gypsies  barcelona
jenni bowlin letters red

Lets get started
Paint the paper mache birdhouse with the tea green craft paint ...set aside to dry. Once dried measure paper and cover both sides, front and back, also cut a piece for the bottom ...using brown dot side from barcelona. Distress edges with vintage photo before adhering  to the birdhouse.

Cut a strip from the barcelona ...and adhere to the middle of the wooden spool. Ink the edges. Adhere this to the bottom of the house with a hot glue gun.

Next, adhere the branches to the front edges and back edges of the roofline on the birdhouse. Cover the roof with the reindeer moss gluing on in small sections until covered.

Cut the twill ribbon and tie around the birdhouse tying in a bow on the right hand side .

Adhere the melissa frances resin frame to the front of the birdhouse. Adhere the word nest to the ribbon inside the frame. Now adhere the bird house into the nest using hot glue on the bottom of the wooden spool ...add additional reindeer moss to the nest ...adhering with hot glue...

Color the speckled eggs with the pool alcohol ink ...once this dries ...which shouldn’t take too long ...glitter with the baby blue glitter. I used designer dries clear adhesive and apply it with a brush. Arrange in the nest and secure in place with hot glue.

The tin bird used was a pastel color ...I gave is a quick coat of paint on both sides with the green tea craft paint ...let it dry throughly before proceeding. Once dry using designer dries clear adhesive, coat the bird lightly and cover iwth the ash glitter ...shaking off excess.

Once throughly dried ...give it a few hours the bottom of the bird into her nest with hot glue and add a dab on the back side of the bird and adhere to the birdhouse.


  1. Love your cute little birdhouse Connie! Love Art Glitter as well!!

  2. This would look darling in my house! Love your color choices!

    Thanks for the inspiration!