Paper

Nesting Arrangement

By  Diane D. Flowers  for  The Dow Chemical Co.

  • Nesting Arrangement

Materials

  • STYROFOAM brand foam* Cube (Dow), 5”
  • Bird images, 3-1/2”x4”, four
  • Brown corrugated cardboard, 4-1/2”x5”, four
  • Natural handmade or texture paper
  • Silk/artificial flowers: purple thistle stems, six; white daisies with leaves, three; mini eucalyptus stem; purple wildflower or lace cap hydrangea stems, three; dark green moss
  • Bird’s nest with eggs, 5”

Tools

  • Low-temperature hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Floral shears
  • Mono Aqua Glue (Tombow)
  • Glue Dots (Glue Dots International)
  • Floral pins
  • 1. Cover sides of STYROFOAM brand foam cube with handmade or textured paper.
  • 2. Trim cardboard and bird images to fit sides of cube. Use glue dots to adhere cardboard panels to cube and bird images to cardboard panels.
  • 3. Hot glue moss to top of cube.
  • 4. Pin and hot glue nest to top edge of cube.
  • 5. Trim purple wildflower or hydrangea stems between 5" and 6" long. Use photo as guide to position stems around back and sides of bird's nest.
  • 6. Trim leaves from daisy stems. Trim daisy stems between 6" and 9" long and arrange them in a triangle behind wildflowers or hydrangea.
  • 7. Position daisy leaves around nest.
  • 8. Trim thistle and eucalyptus stems between 6" and 13" long and insert them between daisies and around and behind nest.
  • 9. Reposition stems and leaves as desired and use hot glue to secure them to top of cube.