Oh Pinterest…

Mar 18, 2011

Do you Pin­ter­est? I sure do. My good­ness this site can suck hours out of your day before it even starts. But I have to tell you it has so many won­der­ful DIY projects I can hardly stand it so if you don’t you need to check it out. The other day while I was “research­ing” as I call it, I came across this super cute Birds Nest Tuto­r­ial using paper mache and shred­ded brown lunch bags or dic­tio­nary pages. Yes­ter­day, I could not take it any longer and had to make one although, I made mine smaller they they did in Coun­try Liv­ing. So I pulled out our paper shred­der and two brown paper lunch bags and got to business.

Sup­plies Used: Col­lage Pauge Instant Decoupage Matte, Water, Shred­ded lunch bags, foil, plas­tic wrap, bowl for mix­ing, small glad stor­age bowl

  • Cover a small bowl with plas­tic wrap, then turn the bowl upside down on foil. I used the non-stick kind.
  • In a larger bowl, mix equal parts of water and col­lage pauge.
  • Dip a hand­ful of the shred­ded lunch bag into the paper mache mix­ture, then place them on the bowl until it’s com­pletely covered.

  • Now press dry shred­ded lunch bag pieces on top of the wet piece to get that “messy bird nest twig” kinda look.
  • Let the shred­ded papers dry for overnight, then care­fully pull the plas­tic wrap off the bowl and from the cen­ter of the nest.

The lit­tle bit of white that you see inside is some of the glue mix­ture that needs to air dry. It was up against the plas­tic wrap. I’ll be mak­ing sev­eral of these in dif­fer­ent sizes as they are just so cute I must have more. I can­not wait to fill this one… the hard­est part is going to be fig­ur­ing out what to fill it with.

And I have the best blog read­ers. Riet from the Nether­lands sent me an email yes­ter­day, let­ting me know the houses from this post are sou­venirs from Hol­land. They are used for salt and pep­per. The blue and white is a very old way of paint­ing porce­lain, called delfts blauw (blue). Delft is the city in the Nether­lands where this spe­cial paint­ing is still done. Very old pieces of Delft­ware is worth a lot and col­lec­tors will pay thou­sands of euro’s for just one plate.  I would love to visit Delft Pot­tery some­day and hope my mom is with me… we could spend hours look­ing at glass­ware and pot­tery. Thanks Riet for the info! You can read the com­ments area of the post for more info. Deb­bie Blanken also helped with some info. Like I said I have the best blog readers.

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  • http://tonis-office.tumblr.com Toni Steven­son

    I think they would be per­fect to put dec­o­ra­tive Easter eggs in.

  • laura

    I see these in my future

  • loric­too

    Thank you Lisa for shar­ing Pin­ter­est! I am addicted now. Can’t wait until I receive my invi­ta­tion to join. I describe it as “a happy way to get lost”, boy oh boy have I got­ten lost for hours on this web­site! For those who haven’t checked it out, you might want to. No, I know you will want to!

  • Becky Gar­ling

    LOVE pin­ter­est! It does suck your time, but “research­ing” has never been so much fun! I don’t ever make any­thing, I need to CREATE!

  • http://www.zunkychic.com Erica

    There is a tuto­r­ial for mak­ing these in the newest Coun­try Liv­ing mag­a­zine. I’m glad to see some­one “nor­mal” mak­ing them and giv­ing tips!

    • http://lisapace.com Lisa M. Pace

      Erica, this is where I got the idea. They are so much fun to make. I love mix­ing the brown bag and book page strips together. Too cute!

  • berta

    Thanks for post­ing these!!! I see some in my future! They would be so cute with some paper mache eggs and chicks!!! I need to get busy, easter is not that far away ;)

  • http://www.artbywanda.blogspot.com Wanda H

    This is way cool!!! Thank you!!!

  • Sylvia Kin­caid

    you could use pages from old books as well . . .
    just an idea :)

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