Simple Decorations: DIY Bird Nests for Quail Eggs

Looking for simple, nature-inspired decorations for your home? These DIY Bird Nests for Quail Eggs are outdoorsy, versatile and oh-so-simple to make. Follow along for step-by-step instructions.

Bird Nests for Quail Eggs Materials List

Gather the following items:

  • Newspaper to protect work surface
  • Plastic food container bottoms to use as molds
  • Brown paper lunch bags (I used about 10)
  • Paper shredder (or scissors)
  • Mod Podge glue
  • Hollow quail eggs
  • Yarn scraps (optional, added for color)
  • Twigs and hot glue (optional, added for texture)
Bird Nest Materials Mod Podge Quail Eggs
Bird Nest Materials

Creating the DIY Bird Nests for Quail Eggs Decorations

First, be sure to protect your work surface. Mixing the glue and paper scraps can get messy! Locate food containers the right size to create your nests. I used a 10-ounce shredded Parmesan and a 4-ounce Glad container.

Next, shred your brown paper lunch bags. This part I enjoyed (probably too much!). You can use regular old scissors and cut each bag into tiny strips. OR, have some fun and utilize a paper shredder. I shredded about 10 of those bad boys before I regained my self-control and stopped the activity. Perhaps I’ve been in quarantine for too long?

Shredded Paper
Shredded Paper

Now, on to the messy part. Pile enough shredded paper on top of your protected work surface, and drizzle Mod Podge over the lot. Using your fingers, mix the paper and glue.

Shredded Paper Mod Podge
Shredded Paper w/ Mod Podge

Shape the bird nest concoction over your plastic containers. Now is the time to add any yarn scraps.

Bird Nest Quail Egg Shape
Shaping the Nests

Allow the nests to dry overnight. Gently loosen the bird nests from their molds; squeezing the plastic containers lightly helps any stuck glue to pop off.

Finished Bird Nest for Quail Eggs

Last, use hot glue and add twigs to the inside of your nest. This is optional, but adds a nice, natural texture to the end result. Fill with quail eggs, and decorate!

Bird Nests for Quail Eggs
Bird Nests for Quail Eggs on Table
Decorating w/ Birds Nests for Quail Eggs

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