DIY a delightfully detailed Spring Yarn & Bird Nest Wreath

It’s no wonder that Patty Schaffer’s etsy shop is called P.S. It’s in the Details. Just take a look at the details she included in her Spring Yarn & Bird Nest Wreath. Burlap, moss, twigs, paper feathers, and even a bird’s nest – there’s lots of eye candy in this wreath. I find the oval shape really refreshing, too. The chunky yarn wraps up fast, so you can breeze through this Spring Yarn & Bird Nest Wreath. (Don’t forget about the Homework Helper giveaway!)

Lovely, detail-packed spring wreath! Paper feathers, moss, burlpa, bird nest -- love this.

Spring Yarn & Bird Nest Wreath by Patty Schaffer.

Perfect for spring -- DIY lots of details on this spring wreath.

Patty packed in a lot of detail on this wreath!

Now that we’ve taken a look at Patty’s pretty spring wreath, can I show you what spring looks like around here today? Yep, that’s a couple inches of snow on the ground. And this doesn’t include the 4 inches we had on Saturday, which melted away earlier this week, only to be replaced by this snow last night. And the forecast calls for 3 – 5 more inches tonight! O.K., thanks for listening, guys, and now it’s back to Patty’s wreath.

A snowy, April day in Cleveland, OH!

It’s April 8 and here’s my yard this morning!

  To make a Spring Yarn & Bird Nest Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 2” x 12” x 18” block
  • Homespun yarn in yellow
  • Burlap ribbon
  • Decorative bird
  • Bird’s nest & eggs
  • Branches
  • Moss, a mix of varieties
  • Scrapbook papers
  • Newspaper
  • Chenille stem or 8″ length floral wire (hanger)
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; sharp pencil; ruler; straight pins; serrated knife & old candle or bar of soap
DIY a Spring Yarn & Bird Nest Wreath. Look at those details!

I love the longer twigs, but I cropped this photo closer so you could better see the details.

To make a Spring Yarn & Bird Nest Wreath:

1. Draw an oval 11” wide and 15” tall on old newspaper or other scrap paper. Measure about 2” in and trace a second, smaller oval inside the first oval.

2. Cut out your pattern and pin it to the foam block. Trace around the pattern using the sharp pencil, scoring the foam. Wax the serrated knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap, and cut out the oval wreath shape.

3. Wrap the yarn around the wreath, securing the beginning and end of the yarn on the back of the wreath with a pin and a dab of glue. Note that Patty wrapped her wreath asymmetrically, wrapping about half of the wreath on the right side, and 2/3 of the wreath on the left side.

4. Wrap the rest of the wreath with burlap ribbon, pinning and gluing the ends to the back of the wreath.

5. Arrange the moss along the bottom of the wreath. When you like the arrangement, glue the moss in place.

6. Tuck in branches among the moss and glue in place.

DIY spring yarn wreath with paper feathers -- and a bird nest!

I love the paper feathers — they add lots of interest and even more texture.

7. Cut paper feathers from the scrapbook papers. Arrange and glue among the moss and branches at the bottom of the wreath.

8. Nestle the bird’s nest among the moss and branches and glue in place. Glue eggs in the nest.

9. Glue a small branch along the top, left-hand side of the wreath (see photo). Glue the bird to the branch.

Sweet little bird on a spring wreath.

Perch a little bird on the top half of the wreath to balance it out.

10. Twist the chenille stem or floral wire into a loop, and insert and glue twisted ends into the back of the wreath for a hanger.

Spring daffodils buried in snow!

My poor daffodils have had it!

Mother Nature has been dishing it out around here! The magnolia blooms have turned brown and the poor daffodils are flat (splat!) on the ground. Brrr! I guess we’re playing catch up after such a mild winter. How’s spring treating you?

Happy crafting!

P.S. Don’t forget about the Homework Helper giveaway!


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15 Responses to DIY a delightfully detailed Spring Yarn & Bird Nest Wreath

  1. Sharon,
    Living in sunny AZ definitely has advantages that I wouldn’t ever
    want to part with. Although, as
    OH transplants, I must admit to
    missing the snow during the Winter Holidays.
    Your Wreaths are always unique and so pretty, and I’m sure, something to appeal to everyone. The Magnolia is
    definitely beautiful, one of a kind!
    The one that caught my eye is the yellow yarn with bird nest, one that I
    would love to make. The yarn you
    used looks thicker than regular yarn.
    Is it?
    Enjoy your “beautiful view” and have a Happy Spring!

    • Sharon says:

      Yes, the yarn is a little chunky. The secret to wrapping up a Yarn Wreath a little faster is to use a thicker yarn — the chunkier it is, the faster it goes. We had snow again last week, and two days later, it was 70 degrees! Enjoy that Arizona sunshine for me! Thanks for stopping in. Sharon

  2. Katiria says:

    Snow in April? Isn’t it supposed to be “April showers bring May flowers” ?
    It’s a sweet wreath and I like Barb’s ideas too about personalizing it.

    • Sharon says:

      I know! And yes, it should be April showers and not April snow showers. But the skies are blue today and it’s slowly warming up . . . spring is going to happen yet. I’m sure you’re enjoying some beautiful weather right now! Thanks for stopping in. Sharon

  3. Hello! I enjoy your blog very much and so I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award! If interested, here is my post about it:

  4. Angie says:

    This lovely wreath shows that spring is just around the corner. Can’t wait for the robins and the robins nests. Love those pretty blue eggs. Barb has a great idea to incorporate a name or feeling with letters. I am thinking this needs to be an indoor wreath. I do not think the details would stand up to the weather and snow right now. Beautiful designs! Thank you for sharing with us, Sharon!

    • Sharon says:

      I love Barb’s ideas, too! So many creative readers here! I’m with you on Robin’s egg blue, too. Mother Nature has the prettiest palette around. Thanks for stopping in, Angie. Sharon

  5. LisaM6 says:

    a wonderful wreath!!! I agree with Barb, she has some great ideas!
    Snow * Wind *Sun Gotta love the weather! Here’s hoping you get spring soon!

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks, Lisa. March came in like a lamb and went out like a lamb, but April is sure roaring like a lion! I hope you’re seeing signs of spring by you! Happy crafting! Sharon

  6. annehaun says:

    Wow snow in April – unbelievable!

  7. This is so pretty! I can see this being done with either a single letter or a word also! Picture an M for MacAskill and the nest is built in the lower right corner! How pretty would that be? Or, maybe get the letters J E N N A and do the nest in the curve of the J with little birds and twigs on the other letters! Oh my! My mind is racing now with ideas! Thanks for the inspiration!!
    We have gotten more snow since Spring arrived than we did all winter! LOL How crazy is that?!?!?! Have a great weekend!

    • Sharon says:

      LOVE your ideas (and LOVE could be another word!). These would be beautiful designs! Thank you for sharing your inspiration. I know re: snow! It’s been a crazy spring! I guess we’re paying for an easy winter. Here’s hoping you see sunshine and green grass again very soon! Sharon

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