I think the coolest kinds of home decor crafts are the ones you can do WITH your kids and actually display in your home as a beautiful and quirky decor piece. I love having personal, crafty pieces on our walls and our tables that make our house feel like kids live here and that give our home a fun story. This Spring bird’s nest cloche was one of those fun yet pretty crafts that both the girls and I enjoyed making – and I think it looks so sweet on our side table in the living room! For this craft, we made a DIY bird’s nest from things found in our yard, some DIY vintage butterfly picks and I used a glass server I had on hand as the cloche.
This cloche is also a great reason to get the kiddos outside in the “spring” weather and do a bit of a treasure hunt for bird’s nest goodies like sticks and dried grasses. (I say “spring” because we just had several inches of snow dump in our yard a couple of days ago.) We’re pretending the butterflies are out already, however, with this fun Spring cloche.
Here’s how we made our Spring bird’s nest cloche decor:
We went on a nature hunt in our yard and gathered thin, bendable branches and long dried grass.
I bunched them together and wrapped floral wire around them to make a long strand.
Then, I coiled the long tuft of branches and grass around to make a nest shape. I used floral wire to secure the coil on each side.
We placed the nest on a bed of moss (bought from a craft store) in the bottom of the server and placed some faux eggs inside.
Then, we made some simple decorative butterfly picks.
I found some vintage art from an antique butterfly book and printed some pages out in mirror image to make two sides to each butterfly.
I made the art for you as a PDF here if you want to use the same ones I did! —> Butterfly Picks Art
Then, we cut out the butterflies, cut various lengths of floral wire, and glued the butterflies to the floral wire with a glue gun. Glue the backs of each butterfly on the other side.
We secured the butterfly picks into the sides of the nest, and decorated with some silk flowers.
After I placed the glass lid on our cloche, the girls picked some ribbon and I tied it around the lid’s handle with an antique key.
I placed the cloche on our living room side table beside my new Spring art (it’s a free download here), and now we’re just waiting for the real Spring weather to arrive!