December 8, 2013

Nesting Instincts

© Karin Corbin 2013, all reproduction right reserved

 The faeries have been busy again. This time they have taken over a bird's nest. You just never know what you will find when you go walking in the woods in December.

The florist shops and garden centers have a lot of natural types of Christmas items out this year. I thought it would be fun to create a Tiny Village in a birdsnest. I have set it on a wine glass. That allows for some height but also gave me a place to tuck the battery for the lights in so it is invisible. I used a small set of warm white LED lights on thin silver wires that I purchased at Joann's. I fed the lights up through the bottom of the nest.

The first step in this project is of course to assemble then buildings then glitter the walls. Next I put snow and glitter on the roofs. I purchased a roll of bleached white cotton from the drug store. You can find it in the first aid supplies. After tearing it to the size needed I set it in the nest. Next I glued the buildings in place. After the glue was completely dry I sprinkled some fine crystal glitter over the cotton and sprayed with hair spray to fix the glitter in place.

I used a tooth pick to find the small hole that is in the bottom of each building. I widened the hole enough to slip a light up inside the building. The extra lights were coiled underneath the cotton. They help create and extra glow with the soft light coming from under the cotton snow.
photo copyright Karin Corbin 2013

The little trees are made from silver tinsel pipe cleaners that have been brushed with glue and sprinkled with soft green glitter. I double over and then twist together the two strands so the trees are nice and full.

I used some moss that is on a wire mesh, another floral supply purchase, along with few sprigs of glittered artificial ferns to create a base for the bird's nest to nestle on.

A sprinkle of Vintage Mica Snow for some added texture and sparkle completed the project. Photo from the Vintage Mica Website.