And no, I am not talking about the candy ones…although they are sure good! I made this wool felt nest last year…but I gave it away.
I like the real ones! My son had this cardboard jewelry box he kept a robin’s egg in when he was about 4. He carried it around in his pocket and was always looking at it. It was a beautiful bright blue color egg with dark spots on the end…the baby bird had already hatched and Sam had found the egg shell under a bush after a spring storm.
Nice artwork, huh?
The egg is basically crumbling.
I found that box this past week cleaning out some drawers. The egg has greatly deteriorated and has lost its color but I can still see that little guy looking into the box at the egg. Sigh…
I have lots of wool yarn left over from various projects and decided to make a felted bird nest with eggs. Of course the eggs had to be that same blue color.
First I made the eggs with this recipe that I found at Creative "Try"als . Let me just say if you make that clay, follow the directions especially the part about being patient and not turning the burner up too hot!
This is the end result (OK, so they don’t really look too much like real birds eggs, but after I dress them up they will look fine (repeat after me, they will be fine, they will be fine, etc.)
Now on to the bird nest making….I used three strands of my left over wool yarn and made a small bowl like this one. I used a large crochet hook, size J. I washed the bowls/nests several times to make them a lot smaller and tighter. Look how tiny the eggs look here.
And here is how they turned out after washing…
I made different sizes…and thought I would make several because I made seven eggs. I made the eggs about 2 am, so can’t really explained why I made only seven.
The largest nest is made from two strands of mohair and two strands of wool…that makes it more fluffy and more like a real nest. The mohair is vintage and it was sold by JCPenneys…beautiful labels—my brother found a whole shirt box full of it and gave it to me. That’s one of the perks for having a brother who is an auctioneer!
I used a light blue paint for the eggs, something that I already had. After they dried, I spattered some dark brown, black spots on the ends of the eggs. And then of course, I covered them with a nice layer of Mod Podge (what craft project would be complete without a nice layer of Mod Podge?), matte finish.
See how cute they are?
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