While a bird nest may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Christmas, it has a long tradition as a popular holiday ornament. It’s said to be a symbol of the love and commitment it takes to build a good home, as well as bringing good luck to any family that finds a nest in a tree on their property.
We’ve taken this idea one step further with our bauble bird nest and light sphere D.I.Y. project. This modern adaptation sees hanging baskets transformed into beautiful outdoor ornaments with just a few common D.I.Y. tools and materials. It offers a great way to create unique homemade decorations without breaking the bank!
Once complete, a bauble bird nest or light sphere can be hung from a verandah or patio to add a little sparkle to your outdoor area. When it comes time to remove the Christmas decorations, you can either pack your nest and spheres away carefully until next year or replace the baubles with something seasonal to make them a year-long decoration.
First up, we’re going to create the light spheres.
1. Remove the chain
To prepare your baskets, remove one chain from a basket.
2. Cable the baskets
To make a full sphere, connect two of the baskets on top of each other together using cable ties.
3. Wrap the lights
Starting at the bottom, wrap the solar fairy lights around the outside of the baskets and intertwine when needed. Position the solar panel/battery pack inside the ball, but where the sun can still reach/so that it is hidden.
4. Hang the basket
Using the chain that will still be connected on one side of your sphere, attach your sphere to a beam or support around your house. Alternatively, you could place on the floor or a bench around your home.
Bauble bird nest
1. Remove liner
Remove the liner from the plant hanging basket.
2. Wrap the fairy lights
Begin by wrapping the fairy lights in and out of the basket until it is completely covered. The more the better!
3. Tie the fairy lights
Cable tie sections of the fairy lights to the basket.
4. Snip the cable tie
Once you have secured your lights, snip the cable tie so it’s less obvious.
5. Add the liner
Once you have wrapped the fairy lights, put your liner back in the basket.
6. Finish with baubles
As the final decorative touch, fill your basket with baubles!
7. Hang up
Using the chain that will still be connected to your planter, attach your bird nest to a beam or support around your house to enjoy.
Now it’s your turn!
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