Sunday, December 12, 2010

Fiber Bird Nester Tutorial

 Do you have lots of birds visiting your backyard? Or do you have a friend or family member that loves to watch birds. This is a quick and fun gift to make using recycled materials. I had a bunch of these net tubes. I can't remember what they held originally but this would work with other size nets from onions or oranges etc. These tubes were a great size though and it doesn't take a lot of fiber to fill them.
 The other nice thing about these tubes is that one end is already sealed off. If your netting isn't, you can always tie a knot in the end.
 Then take a bunch of threads, yarns or extra string.
 And some fiber bits that you don't mind donating to the birds. You layer a bunch of fiber, then thread, yarn or string, then more fiber, then thread until you have a fiber parfait in your tube. I pulled my fiber bits apart so that they weren't just one big mass. That will make it easier for the smaller birds to get smaller pieces of fiber.
 Once your parfait is complete, you tie the end. Leave enough room to tie two knots. One close to the fibers and one close to the top of the netting. Pull out small nubbins of fiber through the netting (or not). I love the little lumpies poking out.
Then hang it in a tree and your  bird friends will have a wonderfully colorful home next spring.I just used an S hook and ran it through the netting between the two knots. I'll be watching to see if fibers start disappearing and I will really keep an eye out for colorful bird nests in the spring. If you give it a try, let me know how it works for you! I made three, two as gifts and one for me.

6 comments:

Amber Lough said...

That's awesome. Do you think any will choose to get some now, while it's cold out? I bet squirrels wouldn't mind claiming some.

Mattie said...

What a lovely idea! I bet it works well! I Felted a gnome once to stand at our door and birds have plucked his beard out within no time and then they started at his hat...
Thanx!
Mattie (Filz10A)

Suztats said...

I have used dryer vent fluff to put out in wire cages. I found that the brightly coloured fibres and threads were left in favour of the darker, more drab colours. I assumed it was to keep the nests better hidden. I'll be interested to see if your birds prefer bright and colourful.

Liz said...

What an intriguing idea. It would be so neat to see wildly colored nests all around, but I suppose Suztats has a point about the drab colors. Another reason to look forward to Spring!

Heather Woollove said...

What a great idea, Ruth!
I've collected a lot of those nets for felting, but found that they melt when you iron them (if you're not careful), so I've kind of 'gone off them' lately.
I will definitely pull out a couple of them and make some bird nesters to add to our Christmas pile 'o gifts! :)
Thanks, so much! You always have such fun ideas!!

alina said...

What a great idea!
Bird netting