Let’s give Mother Nature a nudge and bring on a little springtime crafting! Rebekah Meier, a master at mixed media, shares this mixed media craft for spring, which I’m calling a Bird’s Nest Diorama. How clever is it that Rebekah nestled her little bird’s nest scene inside an egg? Spring really is on the horizon, and in the meantime, DIY this Bird’s Nest Diorama.
To make a Bird’s Nest Diorama, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” Egg
- Tissue paper with a music theme or other theme of your choice (Rebekah used tissue paper from Tim Holtz)
- Spring stickers, including a bird (Rebekah used stickers from K & Company)
- Bird’s nests: miniature and 3-1/2” in diameter
- Excelsior moss
- Distress Ink in antique linen
- Mod Podge, gloss finish
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; sharp pencil; waxed dental floss; metal teaspoon; 1” paintbrush; cosmetic sponge
To make a Bird’s Nest Diorama:
- Cut the egg in half horizontally:
- Draw a line all the way around egg, from the narrow end to the wide end.
- Score the foam with a sharp pencil as you draw your line.
- Position dental floss on the narrow end and along the scored lines on both sides.
- Pull on both ends of the dental floss, cutting through the egg.
- Carve out the flat side of the egg, creating a nook for the nest and bird.
3. Cut tissue paper into pieces. Brush Mod Podge onto the egg, apply the tissue paper, and brush on a top coat. Let dry.
- Lightly sponge the egg with antique linen distress ink. Let dry.
- Position egg in the larger nest, and glue in place.
- Add a small amount of excelsior moss in front. Glue mini bird’s nest in the cut-out nook in the egg.
- Glue a small bird to the nest. (Rebekah used a bird sticker.)
- Decorate with other small cut-outs and stickers. Rebekah used the word “Harmony” from her sticker pack.
Here’s another springtime project Rebekah shared a while back — her Mixed Media Spring Shrine. Beautiful!
I’m starting to plan for spring here on Crafts ‘n Coffee, and I am pulling together new ideas for Easter, too. Are there any springtime craft ideas you’d like to see here on Crafts ‘n Coffee?