A springtime tutorial: Make a bird nest tussy mussy for your front door

Isn’t this Natural Springtime Tussy Mussy a sweet alternative to a front door wreath? We’re not the only ones who love this design – it was also featured in Create & Decorate magazine.

Beautiful alternative to a spring wreath -- Hang a Bird Nest Tussy Mussy on your front door. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Bird Nest Tussy Mussy by Rebekah Meier.

Would you like this on your front door? Then follow along, because designer Rebekah Meier has shared this project with us. Rebekah, who has a beautiful, vintage style, antiqued this gorgeous paper from Cavallini & Co. Depending on your chosen paper, feel free to skip this step and use your paper “as is.”

Here’s what you need:

Antiqued Cavallini & Co. paper.

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: three, 2″ eggs; one 9″ x 4″ cone
  • Paper clay, one package
  • Acrylic paint: Burnt Umber, Light Buttermilk
  • Staining & antiquing medium
  • Satin varnish
  • Gesso
  • Decorative paper, 1 sheet
  • Paint brushes, flat bristle & stiff bristle
  • Floral excelsior
  • Small tree twigs
  • Cloth-wrapped floral wire in brown
  • Floral wire, thin
  • Spray paint, white or metallic (optional)
  • Tools: Fine Sand Paper, Floral Scissors, Scissors, Decorative Edge Scissors, Scraps of Lace, Paper Adhesive, Paper Towels

To make your Tussy Mussy:

Close up of bird's nest on Tussy Mussy.

Paper clay covers the eggs, which are then painted.

  1. Cover each egg in a thin, even layer of paper clay. Let dry. Sand eggs with fine sandpaper till smooth. Using flat paintbrush, apply a thin coat of gesso. Slight unevenness will give the eggs a natural texture.
  2. Paint eggs with Light Buttermilk. Let dry. Insert 4” length of brown floral wire into each egg and secure with adhesive.
  3. Dip stiff brush into Burnt Umber paint. Spatter eggs with paint. While wet, pat with paper towel for an antique appearance. Let dry. Varnish with satin varnish.
  4. Place cone on edge of paper. Roll cone across the paper, tracing the bottom line as you go. Repeat, tracing the top line. Cut on traced lines, using decorative edge scissors to cut along the wide end of pattern.
  5. Using gesso very sparingly, brush gesso onto paper. Remove excess with paper towel.
  6. Mix 1 part Burnt Umber with 3 parts antiquing staining medium. Brush mixture onto paper and wipe off excess. Let dry completely.
  7. Wrap painted paper around cone and secure with paper adhesive.
  8. Create a handle using brown floral wire. Insert handle into cone. Fill top of cone with floral excelsior & small tree twigs. Secure excelsior with floral wire.
  9. Arrange painted eggs into center of cone, and secure in place with floral wire. Adhere lace around the top of cone. Create a bow with lace and attach to handle with very think floral wire.
  10. Optional: To give the excelsior a whitewashed appearance, spray sparingly with white spray paint before placing on top of the cone.
Hydrangea & Birch Bark Tussy Mussy by Diane Flowers & Kathleen George

Beautifully natural Hydrangea & Birch Bark Tussy Mussy.

Here’s another variation on a theme – our Hydrangea & Birch Bark Cone. We offer step-by-step instructions for this Tussy Mussy on our web site.

If you’d like a chance to win Rebekah’s original, Natural Springtime Tussy Mussy, leave a comment below and tell us how you’ve decorated your front door this spring. (Note: The paper on the tip of the Tussy Mussy is somewhat scrunched, but not too noticeable. It could easily be covered by a layer of trim.)

**NOTE: This Giveaway is Closed**

Happy crafting!


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3 Responses to A springtime tutorial: Make a bird nest tussy mussy for your front door

  1. Sharon says:

    Thank you for the comments, Eileen and Debra. It sounds like we should start a Rebekah Meier Fan Club!

  2. So pretty! I love Rebekah’s work!

  3. Eileen Hull says:

    How cute! Rebekah does such nice work…

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