Quick & Dirty Bird’s Nest
Easter Decoration

A couple of years ago I dedicated an entire post to how much I hate Easter decorations. I’ve recently realized I don’t hate ALLLL Easter decorations. Just the ugly ones. Which means pretty much anything in pastels.

So I decided to take the rabbit by the ears and come up with a few ways to decorate for Easter that didn’t involve pink rabbits wearing plaid overalls sitting on my counter.

Now around Easter, I drag out the few things I’ve made that give a sense of spring and renewal, without making me feel like I’ve just had a Barium swallow.

2 years ago my pride and joy was the “Dirty Old Bird’s Nest“. A real birds nest I found on the porch, which I brought inside and displayed on a glass pedestal.

Last year I made the Moss Wreath with dyed brown eggs.

After running those two posts, I found a lot of people were afraid of real birds nests. Mites and bugs and just ick I suppose. It didn’t bother me at all, but for those of you who want a quick and dirty birds nest (without the worry of it actually being dirty) try this little trick.

Grab a length of grapevine (I had some in my basement from Christmas) and just wrap it into the shape of a bird’s nest. I didn’t glue it, wire it or tape it. It’s so picky and hooky it just sticks in the shape you want.






All the charm and none of the pesky microorganisms that can be found in a real bird’s nests.   If you *do* use a real nest and you’re worried about mites and such, just put it in a plastic bag and shove it in the freezer for the day.

For those of you who have no intention of making a grapevine bird’s nest … I took the liberty of taking the picture in front of a few books and the book case.  I hope trying to decipher what some of the books are has kept you entertained for the duration of this post.



  1. Laura Bee says:

    Ha! I almost pilfered a nest from a tree today…then thought of mites. Must be my subconcious thinking about that old post & comments. I doubt there are any in an old one from last year.

  2. gloria says:

    Here’s another way to deal with nest ick. Put the nest in a wax paper bag (the kind everyone saves out of their cereal boxes…what?…you don’t?), then zap it in the microwave for 30 or 40 secs. Voila, cooked mites.

    Freezing sounds good too, but if you are the kind of germophobe that some people are, freezing is too good for the little blighters. Orrrrr…how about giving the nest a good coating of spray-on clear lacquer? All those nasty microorganisms will be stuck to the nest and not marching all over your coffee table.

    I never got to the titles of the books in the photo, except Guitar for Dummies, which jumped right out at me, I’m still trying to figure out what’s with the gold dog’s head.

    Thanks for a lovely Easter idea.

  3. Elle says:

    I like that golden animal statue (dog? wolf? cat with a very hairy tail? hard to see from the other side of the globe) who is about to jump on the eggs and devour their contents…

  4. Teri says:

    is that a gold cat looking to eat some of those eggs? Or if not a cat then what the hell is that thing on the books staring at the eggs?

  5. Karen says:

    I like real nests, too. I carefully handle them so they won’t break apart, and soak them in a bowl of water with a little bleach. I rinse with the sprayer, and carefully lift it out onto a paper towel to air dry.

  6. Gayla T says:

    I’m entertained wondering what that gold creature is that’s eyeing the eggs. Is that the Great Golden Easter Platypus? Do they suck eggs? Well, to each his own. I think I’ll find a bunny in plaid overalls who doesn’t eat the eggs. I know it’s hard for a mother of hens but eggs are actually laid by bunnies and put into hen’s nests. I’ll bet you didn’t know that, did you?

  7. I like the pastels and little plaid rabbits! sorry!
    I know this is ott but I don’t think I could put a bird’s nest in my freeser, with my food, even in a sealed plastic bag.
    Am I reading the wrong blog? Can you imagine me with chickens, hens or whatever they’re called!!!

  8. magali says:

    I would suggest keeping the bird nest in the freezer for longer than a day and probably more like three days (I work at an Insectarium). 🙂

    • Faith says:

      Even longer than 3 days. Bird mites are tenacious. Better to leave the bird’s nests alone.Its not a matter of germs. Mites are a whole different entity and once they become your problem they can take over your whole house. Nightmare.

  9. Pam Smith says:

    Your posts crack me up. I look forward to them. Keep em coming! Love this idea, with or without the mites. Thanks, Karen!

  10. Jennifer says:

    This looks great! I’ll have to try this tonight or tomorrow… it would look great on the side table.

  11. Paul says:

    If you want a real birds nest. Clean it out and then lay it on an old cookie sheet or heavy aluminum foil in the oven. Bake it for an hour at 200 degrees. That will kill all the little nastys that may be living in it.

  12. AmieM says:

    But the fun part about those dirty and mitey and spider-infested real birds nest are the prey you just brought in for your cat to chase, play with, and eventually kill. On your pillow.

  13. Two springs ago we had a mother hummingbird create a nest on our patio chandelier. It was a wonderful gift each day to see nature’s progress. After the two babies flew the nest I saved it. People were horrified by the ick. Mehhhh. I love it.

    Come by and see the recent Easter decor I made in your honor. It has salmon in it. 🙂


    • Karen says:

      Laura – I’m stunned!!! That’s great! I absolutely love my honour egg! And quite frankly … it’s my favourite among the bunch. Very clever with the salmon. 😉 Thank you very much! ~ karen

  14. Maureen says:

    I do squint away at the book titles in a pic just to see what they really read.

  15. Ummm,am I the only one who recognizes a dog statue in a playful stance when I see it? I am glad to know I’m not the only person who doesn’t quail at germs!

    • Pat says:

      I see the dog as well; looks like an Irish Setter or, wait for it, a *Golden* Retriever.

      Grapevine is a wonderful product of mother nature! Multitudes of uses.

  16. It is actually against the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to remove bird nests in some places. Just FYI… I know this because my mom teaches preschool and had a nest (demited) in her classroom. One of her parents was a naturalist. They used their words.

    • Karen says:

      By naturalist I assume you mean a nudist. And this nudist was streaking around the classroom, frightening the children because she had mites. Did I understand the story correctly? ~ karen

      • Well, obviously. Most of the children were keenly aware that it is not proper to streak around a classroom nude with mites but rather that you should stand in line next to your buddy.

  17. Marie says:

    “For those of you who have no intention of making a grapevine bird’s nest …” Oh Karen, you know us so well! We’re just trying to know you better.

    Did you see the recent article in the NY Times entitled “Nobody Minds Dyeing the Egg, but the Chicken Is Another Story”? Easter decorating is getting out of control. Your rustic, bug-free nest of eggs is lovely.

  18. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Love it Karen..so easy..

  19. Thera says:

    My son brought me a nest a few years ago, I love it and it’s on my bookcase, I have no problems with germs etc, but I do have cats, spray it with hairspray every 3-4 months and it will be cat-proof as well!

  20. Denise Leavens says:

    First thing I noticed were the hyacinths in the shaker box with hay. A truly beautiful look. I am allergic to hyacinths, so I intend to borrow this idea and use primroses instead. The tall kind of primrose.

  21. christine says:

    We are reading the same Etiquette book by Elizabeth Post….

  22. Shauna says:

    It sounds like you have a world of possibilities in that basement of yours – I’m jealous.

  23. SG says:

    Elizabeth Post’s “Book of Etiquette”? Really? Makes a nice plant stand, along with “Freshwater Fish”

    • Karen says:

      SG – I would correct you by letting you know that it’s actually “Emily Post”. But that would be improper etiquette. ~ karen!

  24. stacy says:

    I know I’m eons late with a response on this but deciphering books isn’t what kept me entertained AT ALL. Nope. What I was most concerned with was what in the hell is that golden thingy behind the birds nest?! From the angle its at it appears to be a dog body with a frog head and a nutsack hanging from the side. Hmm. You may be onto something here….Nothing says easter like mystical frogdogs with misplaced balls….

    • Karen says:

      Stacy – Don’t be stupid. All responsible pet owners have their frogdogs spayed or neutered. Nutsack. As if. ~ karen

  25. Sarah in Illinois says:

    New reader, catching up on some old posts! I feel the same about Easter decorations! I don’t care for the pastel, cartoon bunnies, and plastic brightly colored eggs. So I am making notes for next year to come back here to get ideas! Thanks!

    • Karen says:

      Sarah – You’re welcome! What’s funny is my sister has Easter dinner every year for the family and she has all of the pastel, Bunnykins kind of stuff. She almost didn’t put it all out this year because she read my post. But at HER house I like it. It’s tradition. I just don’t want it in my house, LOL. ~ karen!

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