Nothing says “spring” to me like birds. I love hearing them – finally – here in Michigan! I haven’t spotted any nests yet, but it won’t be long. So I thought I’d build one of my own with the supplies for the Spring challenge here at Crafts Unleashed. Of course, a nest by itself isn’t so special – so I made a piece that was both fun and functional using the new theme supplies! Using a mason jar, I made up a bird nest and chicken wire DIY lamp:
- Wide Mouth Mason Jar
- Wide Mouth Mason Jar Lamp Adapter Kit
- Mossy Twig Vine Garland
- Lamp Shade
- Chicken Wire Netting
- Wired Sisal Vine
- 1.5 inch Wooden Eggs
- Acrylic Paint ( I used a Light Blue)
- Wire Cutters & Pliers
First, I created my nest by coiling up a bit of mossy vine – about the same diameter as the jar itself. I secured it with the bit of wire I took off of it when I opened the package. I painted my eggs and added them to the nest as soon as they dried.
Then, I wrapped the top of the jar with some sisal vine. Finally, I finished my lamp by screwing on the mason jar DIY lamp adapter.
Then, I covered my lamp shade in chicken wire netting. I clipped it with wire cutters to approximately the finished size I needed (be sure there’s enough excess to wrap all your edges). When I got to the seam along the side of the lamp shade, I clipped the edge short and wrapped the cut wires around the beginning edge.
For the top and bottom, I wrapped snugly over the edges of the shade, and trimmed the excess wire off. The wire is strong enough to hold on its own.
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Adrianne is a writer, artist, designer, wife, and mom of 2 kids. She blogs at happyhourprojects.com where the theme is tutorials and recipes that can be made in an hour or less. Her favorite projects are jewelry-making, paper crafts, and recycled crafts. She participates annually in ArtPrize, an international art competition, and she’s the author of the book DIY T-Shirt Crafts: 50 Ways to Recycle a T-Shirt (August 2015).