Thursday, April 2, 2009

Modern Bird's Nest

I don't like anything about the word "crafty" but, as room parent for my son's classroom I am always in charge of coming up with crafts. We search magazines and the web to try and find new ideas for crafts that are more our style. It does take a little more time and effort but, in the end we are always happy that we thought outside of the box. After seeing the finished product, I thought this would actually make a great centerpiece or favor for a baby shower. Just choose paper that is in the color group or theme you are working with.
Here is our idea of a modern spring craft.

Here's what you'll need.
  • Small plastic or terra cotta pots. (We found biodegradable bamboo pots 2/$.99 at the $.99 Store)
  • One block of styrofoam cut into 2" squares (any color)
  • Lollipop sticks in two different sizes
  • Scrapbook paper or card stock of your choice
  • Shredded paper or Easter grass
  • Egg shaped candy or jelly beans.
  • Strong, clear tape
  • Bird template... you can download it here or draw a simple shape.

You can add a banner with your own spring greeting or
if using these as baby shower favors print Welcome Baby (last name.)
You can also use smaller pots to use as place settings.

  1. Trace bird silhouettes (1 sm. & 1 lg.) on the card stock or scrapbook paper & cut out shapes.
  2. Cut styrofoam into two inch squares and place in the bottom of the pot.
  3. Add your nesting material to the pot
  4. Attach the lollipop sticks with clear tape to the back of the birds.
  5. Press sticks firmly down into the styrofoam.
  6. Add your eggs & banner and you're done.
This craft was done with 2nd graders but, you could add your own style by painting the pots or add bits of feather's, fibers or ribbon to the nest. Have fun nesting!

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