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How to Make a Birds Nest with Tissue Paper

by Jean Van't Hul
April 2, 2012

This is birds nest craft is an easy spring or Easter craft and decoration that kids can make. Plus it can hold Easter eggs!

Birds Nest Craft with Colored Tissue Paper

We tried our hand at a colorful tissue paper birds nest craft last week, partly just to try it, and partly to hold some of our Easter eggs.

This is a simple Easter or spring craft for kids or adults inspired by the many shredded paper bird nests I’ve seen on blogs this past year. I don’t own a shredder, so decided to try this quick variation with materials that we had on hand.

Our birds’ nests are rather bright, but you can make yours as subtle or as colorful as you like, depending on the tissue paper you use.

Here’s how we made these simple nests…

Birds Nest Craft - Daphne Holding Nest with Eggs

Birds Nest Craft



1. Turn your small bowl upside down and cover the outside with plastic wrap, tucking it up inside. Set the plastic-covered bowl over some more plastic wrap or over another non-stick surface (we used plastic placemats).

2. Tear off a piece of tissue paper and scrunch it up.

Birds Nest Craft - Dipping Colored Tissue Paper in Glue Mixture

3. Dip the crumpled tissue paper into the glue/water mixture, then stick it to the plastic-covered bowl.

Birds Nest Craft - Using Colored Tissue Paper to Make Birds Nests

4. Repeat until the bowl is completely covered.

This was a good project for Maia—very similar to the papier mache bowls we’ve made—and she was easily able to make a bird nest by herself.

Birds Nest Craft - Toddler Version

Daphne enjoyed making a bird nest, too, but mostly piled her tissue paper pieces on top of the bowl. Perhaps I should have left it as is, but I actually helped her cover the sides so she’d have a completed nest as well.

Birds Nest Craft - Letting the Nests Dry

5. Let dry. It took a couple of days for our nests to dry completely.

Note :: The white nests are made from Kleenex rather than craft tissue paper. It worked surprisingly well!

Birds Nest Craft - Use Bowl for Shape

6. Once the bird nest is completely dry, pull the bowl out of the nest, then pull out the plastic wrap.

Birds Nest Craft - Using Colored Tissue Paper, Glue and Bowl

Here’s what the interior of the nest looks like.

Birds Nest Craft - Finished Nest

And the exterior.

Birds Nest Craft - Using Colored Tissue Paper to Make Birds Nests

Use the nest to hold a few Easter eggs—great for a dining table centerpiece or a Spring nature table!

Birds Nest Craft - Finished Nests with Eggs

Or, if you’re like us, you could go crazy with this and have a whole series of bird nests lined up along the center of the table.

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A Tissue Paper Birds Nest Craft for Kids

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