I am writing this post while waiting for coats of paint to dry on a vintage dresser I am painting for my guest room. My mother bought the thing years ago when we lived in Florida, and I have acquired it. Anyhoo, I thought I would share another little decoration project I did last week. I prefer making my own Christmas ornaments to buying them in a package at Wally world, where I almost never go anymore. I have so many crafty, "found", recycled pieces of stuff hoarded in the house, and I made up my mind to use them instead of stash them!
I have a bunch of branches with bird's nests left over from our wedding a year and a half ago. We were married in the early spring, and we had a "woodland", "Fairy" type of theme going on. I had gone with my floral designer, who happens to be one of my lifelong BFFs, and bridesmaid - to the Hobby Lobby and bought a cart load of every bird, bird's nest, fern, butterfly, twig, branch, etc. etc. All the bouquets had little bird's nests! But I will talk about my wedding later. The point is, after the wedding, I had a bunch of this stuff left over that I had stashed away:
Cute little brides like this were used in arrangements and bouquets....
So I grabbed my glass glitter, craft glue, paint brush, scraps of ribbon, lace, wire.... I did this on the washer, the only flat surface available that day. :)
I brush glue onto all surfaces I want to have a little glitter; then shake the glitter over the bird. blow off all the excess, and you have a lightly glittered, not over-done, bird. I glued them onto vintage wooden thread spools, and attached little scraps of ribbon and lace.
I suppose you could glue a loop on to these for tree ornaments, but I prefer to sit these on a little shelf, mantle, table, etc. and look at them. I also did some bigger nests that I didn't take pix of. I am thinking of doing a second smaller tree this year with a woodland theme,with the birds and twigs and natural stuff. My mother's maiden name is Bird, and my Gramma always collected and decorated with "birdies". She is in bad health, and I find myself thinking of all kinds of ways to honor my Grandma through little things like this, that I know she would love! And she would LOVE a "Birdie tree!" More little Christmas projects coming up; as I complete them and get pics and have time to post. Time is running short!