Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Spring Nature Craft: Tiny Acorn Cap Bird Nests!


This little gem of a craft was 
too cute and too easy to pass by. 


I first saw it here at Our Day Our Journey Blog 
then I saw it on another preschool blog (can't find the link -- I'm sorry!)
and knew I had to do this one with the girls. 

A few days ago, one quiet afternoon while big sister was still at school,
"C" and I started making these tiny little bird nests.

We have a huge basket full of acorn caps in our art studio.
The girls and I are part squirrel --
we can't help ourselves and collect them every fall!

(Here's a quarter so you can see how small they are!)

You never know when you'll need an acorn cap for a
nature project, wooden peg fairy hat, or tiny bird nest craft!


We collected a few small pebbles from our backyard
and painted them robin's egg blue 
with some washable acrylic craft paint. 


Then, we put a blob of clear Elmer's glue 
inside an acorn cap, added a small sprinkling
of dried moss, then another blob of clear glue
and the painted stones (tiny eggs!)


So sweet for a nature table, easter egg tree,
or tiny fairy land. 


If you are wondering if this craft would be too tricky
for your own kiddos, I assure you it's super easy!

I got a phone call as soon as we glued the first nest together,
while I was talking to my friend, 
"C" hopped out of her chair, 
grabbed a handful of acorn caps from the basket, 
and got to work painting stones, 
and gluing the nests together on her own!

(That's my little independent crafty 4 year old.)

She decided each nest should only have one egg
that's why we have so many made that way
("C" made all of those by herself!) 
I made the three egg nests with her. 

These would be an adorable Earth Day Spring Craft!


Happy Nature Crafting. 

Fondly,
pink and green mama,



8 comments:

Nicole said...

Perfect to put in May Baskets for friends! May have to use your Pine Cone Elf idea and make them fairies instead ????

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Oh my goodness Nicole - pine cone fairies would be ADORABLE!! "C" and I may have to whip up a few tomorrow during our craft time ; )

xoxo
pink and green mama,
MaryLea

Jaderbomb said...

OHMYGOODNESS!!!! This is SOOOOO cute!!! I will have to do this like... today!!!

You should follow my blog!!!

Janiece said...

oh my, I wish we had acorn trees around here. I love them!

Tricia Orchard said...

Wow! Those are so sweet and I know my girls would love to make those. Thanks for sharing.

Tricia

Sallie said...

:) They turned out beautiful!

Bex said...

I can't wait to try this with my boys! I went to The Dollar Tree to look for some moss. I found two packs of small decorative birds. Yay!

Bex said...

We FINALLY made this one! It was really fun. Thanks so much for sharing! Here's pictures and a shout out to you on my blog:

http://griggboys.blogspot.com/2011/06/crafty-mccrafterson-and-sons.html

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