Bring a little nature inside and welcome Spring with this fun, handmade nest. My Papertrey Ink tips and tricks post for you today explains how to whip up a few of these handmade embellishments.
You'll just need a few supplies including: the Rick Rack Border die, Classic Kraft and Simply Chartreuse felt, burlap, and the Delightful Dahlia die. I'll walk you through the process below, but first, here are a few projects I've created putting this sweet, handmade nest to use.
My first project uses the nest on a dressed up seed packet cut using the Seed Packet die, glassine from a large glassine bag, the Seed Packet Frame die with the coordinating Garden Variety II stamp set stamped in Aqua Mist and Sweet Blush. I also used the To You From Me stamp set just inside the open window on the Seed Packet Frame die using white and Zing Blush embossing powder.
This tag fits perfectly inside and was cut using vintage sheet music matted to cardstock to make it nice and sturdy. I used the Tag Sale #1 die along with the Limitless Layers: 1 3/4" Circles and the Trendy Tree Tops dies, and Sweet Blush Gingham paper. Once again I used the To You From Me stamp set on my Trendy Tree Tops die and stamped my sentiment in Classic Kraft ink using the Tag-Its #3 stamp set for my sentiment.
Lastly, I attached this handmade nest to the top of a spool of Rustic Cream Button Twine. I used Aqua Mist felt leaves on it just to switch it up a bit. I added a Tiny Tag stamped with a sentiment from the To You From Me stamp set.
A few trinket pins and glittered eggs create a perfect little nest to enjoy.
Now, here's how to put your own felt nests together.
Step 1: Cut 2 strips from Classic Kraft felt using the Rick Rack Border die and one strip of burlap the same width and length.
Step 2: Braid the 2 rick rack border strips and the strip of burlap together in a loose braid.
Step 3: Beginning in the center, adhere the braided strips of felt and burlap to a circular base, which is Classic Kraft felt cut using the Love Lives Here die. Wind and twist the braided strips moving from the inside of the circle, out.
Step 4: Adhere the ends of the braided strips to the underside of the base. Your burlap will have come undone a bit with pieces poking up and out of the weave, but that's just the effect you're looking for in your nest.
Step 7: Fill your nest with eggs, candy, beads, even buttons. I chose to use small, speckled, plastic eggs purchased HERE. I wanted them to stand out from the nest, so I used my Copic Markers to transform them. I used BG32 Aqua Mint on these particular eggs, but used RV11 Pink, and G12 Sea Green on the eggs shown in the other projects. I coated each egg with a bit of Martha Stewart fine glitter after and adhered them inside the nest.
Step 8: Cut 2 leaves from Simply Chartreuse felt using the Delightful Dahlias die. Add hand stitching if you want to bring in more color and a cozy, homespun feel. Adhere the leaves to the underside of the nest.
That's it...hope you'll give these a try! I'd love to see how your handmade nests turn out.
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