Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Crafting: A Birds Nest Ring Pillow

Well, I'm finally getting around to posting the last of my DIY wedding projects. Only took me a little over a year — sheesh!

I will admit however, that what really lit the fire was the awesome DIY contest going on over on my favorite wedding blog, Ruffled. In addition to this project, I also submitted my previous tea bag tutorial and my tissue flower napkin rings, both of which you may remember seeing here. Up for the winning are three seriously awesome prizes so all my fingers are crossed that my craftiness pays off a little!

Anyways, back to the craft at hand. I created this nest 'pillow' for my wedding last September and was so pleased with how it came out. It was easy, quick and inexpensive and fit with my casual, natury decor perfectly.

Here's what you'll need:
Any size grapevine nest (I used 5")
Sheet moss
15" length of thin ribbon
Craft knife
Plastic eggs, silk flowers and feathers if desired

Most grapevine nests have some wire wrapping for stability, but if yours does not, loop a piece of wire up through the bottom and back down, flattening it on the bottom, to leave a small loop on the inside. You can even use a paperclip for this if you have no wire on hand.

Tuck one end of your ribbon through the loop inside the nest and set aside.

Cut a square of sheet moss larger than your nest, then trim into a circle that fits snugly into your nest.

Using a craft knife, cut a slit in the sheet moss and feed both ends of your ribbon up from the bottom.

Cover the back of the sheet moss with craft glue, pull the ribbon through until taut and press the moss into the nest.

At this point, if you'd like to add additional decorations, tie on your rings to gauge placement and then secure decorations such as plastic eggs, silk flowers and/or feathers with craft glue.

And voila! I told you it was easy :)

You can also attach a loop of thick ribbon or fabric to the bottom for a hand hold if desired and can easily customize the colors and decoration to match your specific decor.

Happy crafting!


jaquelyn {mama thoughts} said...

Oh, so lovely! I've bookmarked this for {possible} future use. ;)

Marquise Style said...

It looks amazing!

zozor said...

It is lovely!
Can you tell me where to buy the sheet moss and bird nest?

lillyella said...

I purchased all the supplies I used at a local craft store called Pat Catans. Most are fairly common items that should be available at any medium sized craft store, whether local, or a chain such as Michael's or Joann Fabrics. Im sure you can also find the supplies online with a little searching. Good luck!
~ nicole

zozor said...

Thank you ^^
I'll try ~~

Candice said...

Beautiful... Will try to follow your steps to make one for myself.. :)