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A Birds Nest Craft Kids Can Make


A birds nest craft kids can make out of colored tissue paper. This is an easy spring or Easter craft and decoration. 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

A Tissue Paper 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 Birds Nest Craft Kids Can Make


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    All Things Beautiful
    April 2, 2012 at 8:45 am


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    April 2, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    I love this! I’ve never thought about using crumpled tissue, which is so much easier for toddlers than to try to keep them flat. Thanks!

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    April 2, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Super cute. Are the papers on the outside of the “nest” sort of soft still or did they get hard with the glue? Just curious as to how stable it is. Super cute. I’m sure we will have a whole fleet of nests as well!

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    Julie Liddle, ART IN HAND
    April 2, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Great idea! I wonder if the same concept would work with yarn dipped in glue. I bet it would.

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    April 2, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    We tried the sticker resist to dye our easter eggs and it worked! The last time I tried to dye my eggs using food coloring, it didnt work, but I didnt know I had to add vinegar. Thanks for the tip. The eggs looked really pretty but the kids shelled and ate them before I could get pictures

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    Jean Van't Hul
    April 3, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Yes. And crumpling the tissue also gives the nest more dimension — so it’s more like a nest and less like a bowl.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    April 3, 2012 at 7:15 am

    They get hard with the glue. Ours are stable.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    April 3, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Yes! In fact, I think I’ve seen that done. I forgot about that. Too bad we don’t have any yarn at the moment…

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    Jean Van't Hul
    April 3, 2012 at 7:17 am

    So glad it worked!

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    April 5, 2012 at 1:45 am

    these are so awesome! i just made paper mache “easter baskets” with the boys the other day, using upside-down bowls as molds. i covered the bowls in a thick layer of vaseline, which didn’t really work too well, especially after my two-year-old got the surface & newspaper so dripping wet with the liquid starch. i didn’t have any balloons, and didn’t want to buy any — that’s why i used bowls, but i didn’t even think of using plastic wrap — brilliant! maybe i’ll try this again with my doodlebugs kiddos on friday! GREAT idea!!

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