Friday we had a bit of fun making both edible and non-edible birds’ nests. The kids really got into it and let their little personalities shine through on their creations.
String/Yarn Birds’ Nests
Various Yarn and String Bits(fabric strips would work well too)
Bowls or jars
Oven Bake Clay (sculpey)
Step 1: Cover the outside of the bowls or jars you will use with plastic wrap to protect them. This also makes it easier to remove the nests once they are dry.
Step 2: Dip pieces of string or yarn into liquid starch. Squeeze out the excess as you take the string out.
Step 3: Wrap your strings around the bowls or jars. Going back and forth in a criss-cross pattern works better than just wrapping it around and around the bowl.
Step 4: Let them dry overnight. Some of the kids also put dryer lint in their nests. That took a VERY long time to dry!
Step 5: Shape oven bake clay into birds and eggs. Bake according to package directions.
Step 6: Once the oven bake clay is cooled down, paint away!
Step 7: When the nests are dry carefully lift the plastic wrap from around the bowl to remove the nests. Flip the nests over and remove the plastic wrap.
Step 8: Place birds and eggs in nests to decorate your house for spring.
Edible Birds’ Nests
Dry Chow Mein Noodles
1 Cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 Tbsp. shortening
Candy eggs and marshmallow birds
Step 1: Melt the chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave safe bowl. Only cook for 30 seconds at a time stirring after each 30 seconds. It only took us about 1 minute to melt all the chocolate chips.
Step 2: Stir in LOTS of dry chow mein noodles. I didn’t measure how much we put in. Stir to coat them all with the melted chocolate.
Step 3: Drop big spoonfuls onto a waxed paper lined baking sheet or plate. Shape each glob into a little nest.
Step 4: Put them into the refrigerator to harden.
Step 5: Place candy eggs and marshmallow birds in your nest and gobble them all up!