Make a Miniature Floral Bird Box
by Jane Lake
Country style 12″ high decorated bird box home accent uses left-over silk flowers (stems not required) and a ready-made bird’s nest.
An eye for design will bring this project an individual touch.
Why not try a version for Valentine’s Day, with roses and cinnamon hearts, or experiment with a Halloween or Easter theme?
You Will Need:
small artificial birds
small silk or dried flowers, with or without stems
baby’s breath, moss or grassy fillers
miniature bird box on a stick, or mini bird box and a 12″ long twig or dowel
hot glue gun and glue sticks
Look at the photograph for design and placement ideas.
Begin by forming a circular bird nest shape from the moss or dried grass. Usually you will not need glue for the nest to keep its form; just use your fingers to bend the moss or grass into a circle.
The total length of this wall decoration is about 12.” Poke a twig or dowel, or the bird’s nest stick, through the top center of the bird nest, pushing nest up the stick about 1.5″ from the bottom of the stick. Glue in place.
Continue working up the stick, gluing filler and moss at the back, then adding flowers and the first bird to the filler where you find them most appealing. Don’t worry about the fine strings of glue hanging where you don’t want them as you work; you can cut them off with scissors when dry.
Fill gaps with baby’s breath and filler or small bunches of nest material. Hot glue each addition in place. Add the last bird near the entrance to the bird box.
Try a Valentine version using roses and cinnamon hearts for decoration.
For Halloween, use small bats, owls and ghosts.
At Christmas, try poinsetta leaves and holly instead of flowers, along with miniature glass balls or wooden Christmas ornaments.