The dropping of the leaves in autumn reveals an entirely new beautiful layer of nature. A crunchy walk around the farm always reveals some of the abandoned construction projects of Spring and Summer – birds nests. Often the approaching winds of winter knock some of them to the ground, and we love collecting them to marvel at their intricate construction. (Never remove a nest from a tree…sometimes its tenants plan on returning in spring.)
We started keeping our “collection” on our dining room windowsills and recently we realized we had our own rookery [a grouping of nesting birds]. This inspired the idea for our Rookery Wreath.
Using a recycled wired frame from last Christmas’ wreath (the goats had cleaned it bare of greenery), we positioned the nests around the frame.
If your nests are loosely formed or your particular wreath frame lacks posts, you can secure the nests using acrylic fishing line. Once the nests were positioned we coated with clear-drying aerosol adhesive to secure them into place. After the adhesive dried we then sprayed with a coat of polyurethane. The entire project took less than 15 minutes.
The wreath can hang on your front door as is, or can be used on a table where each nest can be filled with something decorative.
What will you put in yours?
Imagine how you can decorate the wreath for each season of the year and share your ideas with the rest of us in the comments section below.
See how this inspired one of our latest designs: The Bird’s Nest Iron Bowl