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How to make a bird nest from paper plates

Updated on April 2, 2012

This little nest is easy to make. Young children will need your help to cut the hole in the plate, but they'll likely be able to do the rest of the project by themselves.

Materials

  • one round paper bowl of 16 cm (6¼ in) diameter and 3.5 cm (1½ in) deep
  • one small round paper plate of 17 cm (6¾ in) diameter
  • thick white glue
  • piece of marine sponge
  • paint colours of your choice
  • acrylic varnish (optional)
  • raffia or dried moss or artificial straw
  • small styrofoam eggs or small eggs made out of playdough or chocolate eggs
  • small decorative birds

1. Draw a 11.5 cm (4 3/8 in) circle in the centre of the plate.


2. Cut the circle.

To make this cut, use small scissors and carefully make small cuts.

You may find it easier to first make a hole in the centre of the plate and then cut from there.

3. Put white glue around the edge of the bowl.

4. Glue the small plate on top of the bowl to form the nest.

Let dry.

5. Paint the inside of the nest.

Let dry.

6. Paint the outside of the nest in a colour of your choice.

To give an interesting effect, choose a contrasting colour and apply it with a piece of marine sponge

7. When the paint is dry, add a coat of acrylic varnish in order to bring out the colours.


8. Fill the nest with raffia, dried moss or artificial straw.

9. For Easter, you can fill the nest with chocolate eggs and a little chick.

If you prefer a more realistic looking nest, use colours that are closer to nature.

Teachers and educators can use this activity to illustrate a lesson on bird nests.

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      wolfshadow 5 years ago

      This looks like a great project for all my nieces and nephews. I would have never thought of it. I really like all of the photos showing step by step. Thanks for sharing.

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      kidscrafts 5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much! I did this project last weekend in a workshop and it's always a great success with kids!

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Very interesting project. Kids would really enjoy this.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much! And yes, this project is always a success in a workshop!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      A cute tutorial hub with clear instructions & handy step by step photos! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much!

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This is a great craft for Easter or just as a good way to display candies. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much! Kids love when you hide chocolat eggs in the nest. It's always a successful project in workshops :-)

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      This is an excellent idea for Easter, which I will introduce to my nieces. Thanks for sharing, kids crafts!! Super!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      You are welcome! If you bring some chocolate eggs that you hide in it at the end.... you will have even more success ;-)

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi kidscrafts,

      This is really instructional project and i would like to try it with my 2 year old son over one of the weekends. I like the photos and the final product. Voted up, useful, pinned and shared.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your kind comments! I hope that you and your son will have fun doing it! While doing those kind of projects, you are creating special memories for you and your son! Later in life, he will appreciate those special moments!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Wonderful for Easter, Kidscrafts! Thanks for sharing!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thanks Michelle! Yes this project is always a winner....but don't forget to add some chocolate eggs in it :-)

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Coming in to share this for Easter!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thanks Michelle! Happy Easter to you and your family!

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      Marie Alana 4 years ago from Ohio

      I love this idea! It's so cute!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I really love this project too because of it's simplicity but also because you can create it before Easter with kids.... and fill it up with eggs for Easter! But you can also teach about Spring, the birds, respect of nature, etc.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A bird nest from a paper cup something I would have never thought of but yet you just know how to spread this advice around. A simple way to follow thanks.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your kind words DDE! It's one of my favorite project and kids love that one too! When I make this project with kids around Easter, I try to always have some chocolate eggs with me.... and the kids love it :-)

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      A great share for this season! Sharing again!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thanks Michelle! Happy Spring!

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

      Very useful Hub..

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your comment and your visit jainismus!

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      This craft is adorable!!!! :)

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Hi Stephanie! Kids love that project! It's a great project to make with kids and talk about Spring.... and you can keep it for next Easter :-)

      If you add a coat of acrylic varnish, this project will stay nice for a long time!

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      Author Victoria Sheffield 4 years ago from Georgia

      This is great! I love doing crafts!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you Victoria. I have several new projects coming soon :-)

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      DREAM ON 4 years ago

      I love seeing your creative side.The birds nest that looks great.I have no kids but it looks like so much fun.Maybe I will pretend I'm a kid again.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your visit Dream On and your comment! I am pretending that I am a kid all the time ;-)

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      How cute. What I like is that they can paint it any color they want. I am sharing this with my daughter - and I know she will be sharing with her friends. Up, useful and interesting.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your visit KoffeeKlatch Gals and also for your comments! Please do share this project as it is a really fun and educational project :-)

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      This is so interesting. My younger one will love this. Thank you for sharing this with us. A beautiful way to help children understand and learn things with interest.

      Voted up, interesting and sharing!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you Livingsta! It's my hope that I can help children learn things through art; especially about animals and their environement. It can be a fun project for Easter but mainly it's a great project to learn about nature, nest and eventually migration for some birds.

      Thank you for the vote and comments :-)

      Enjoy your weekend!

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      kidscrafts, what a great project, especially for Easter. Definitely pinning and sharing!

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Very cute. I like projects like this. Your hub is very clear. Voted up.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thanks for your nice comment, pinning and sharing, CareerMommy! It's a project that can be done also at this season to explain about birds building their nest, the eggs and the chicks. But I must say I love to do it just before Easter because it can be filed with chocolate eggs for Easter :-)

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thnaks for your visit and kind comment MoonLake! Thank you also for the vote :-)

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      Himanshu Rawat 3 years ago from Chandigarh

      Wow...this is really beautiful...I used to put some water in a bowl for birds and now I will surely try out this. They will just love it. I am impressed.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thanks for your visit, Rawat. Because it's paper plates, it's not really good to leave outside with the rain and the wind. It's more a project that kids can do to learn about birds.

      Have a great weekend!

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      Himanshu Rawat 3 years ago from Chandigarh

      oh ya...thanks a lot for your suggestion. I haven't think about this aspect. I don't have children yet :-) but I will surely remember this for future.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      That's OK :-) Have a wonderful day!

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      passionate77 3 years ago

      so lovely and amazing post that i came across today through your article, really i did not know about how we can create such a nice cute shelter for little innocent creatures. thanks for sharing with us, many blessings dear!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your visit your kind comment Passionate77 :-)

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      passionate77 3 years ago

      you welcome dear, many blessings!

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Kidscraft this hub is wonderful I love the bird nest it looks so pretty after you finish :)

      Thanks for sharing

      God bless you

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much for your kind comments, Lady Fiddler! God bless you too!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      What a really creative idea! I totally love this. Thanks for sharing your tips!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much for your visit and sweet comment, Crafty :-)

      Have a great day!

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