Monday, December 1, 2008

GET YOUR CRAFT ON: Bird's Nest Boxes

So here is a little project I whipped up and would like to share it with you guys!  It's fun and simple and a great project to do on a cold winter night...

Here are the supplies you will need:
1 Small Grapevine Wreath
3 Paper Mache Eggs
An Assortment of Paper Mache Boxes
An Assortment of Scrapbook Papers
Brown Acrylic Paint
Turquoise Acrylic Paint
Mod Podge
Hot Glue Gun

Step 1:
Measure and cut scrapbook paper to fit the top of the lid, the rim of the lid, and the side of the box.  I like to use 3 different papers for the 3 different sections.  For larger size boxes you may need more than one strip of scrapbook paper to go around the box.  If so, simply overlap the paper.  Don't worry, it doesn't have to be perfect!
Step 2:
Using a brush, cover the box with a layer of Mod Podge and apply the paper.  Smooth the paper as you go to get rid of as many air bubbles and wrinkles as you can.
Step 3:
Paint the paper mache eggs with the turquoise paint.  Feel free to use other colors for the eggs, whatever you are in the mood for!
Step 4:
Drybrush the brown paint onto the eggs.  You do this by using a "dry" brush (no water) and barely dipping your brush into the paint.  Get rid of some of the excess paint by dabbing your brush on a scrap piece of paper or paper plate, then lightly brush over the tops of the eggs.  You can also drybrush the boxes as I like to do, adding the most paint to the edges to give them an "antique" feel.
Step 5:
Take the wreath and place it on top of the lid.  Trace inside of the wreath with a pencil or with your paintbrush and then remove the wreath.  Paint inside the circle you just created with brown paint.
Step 6:
After all of the paint has dried, seal the entire box with a layer of Mod Podge.  You will also need to seal the painted eggs.
Step 7:
Hot glue the wreath over the brown painted circle on your lid, then hot glue the eggs inside of the wreath.

That's it, you're done!  Hope you love making this project!

Genevieve :)


lillyella, uniquely you said...

Oh I am totally making these!

mysteryhistorymom said...

AN amazingly lovely and easy craft! Thank you so much for sharing! Lori

Felt Sew Good said...

Very pretty! A lovely Spring craft. I will definitely be trying this one.

Pen Pen said...

Absolutely beautiful... my daughter is really getting into decorating her apartment with bird items. I'll have to make sure she sees this!