Post # 1
We are getting married May 29th of this year and are having a “spring-themed” wedding. Our colors are chocolate brown, meadow (seafoam-ish) and ivory. I plan to incorporate twigs (maybe even pussy willows which are my favorite) into the decor somehow. We are having 6-8″ round or square cakes as centerpieces at each table, but there will be a place for some twig and floral centerpieces, etc. Since two of our colors are blue and brown, and we are having a spring wedding, I thought it would be adorable to make dark brown mini bird’s nests and fill them with blue egg-shaped truffles or other candy to give away as favors. I searched the internet and discovered that this has been done before. We are having a rather large wedding 200-300 guests, so purchasing all the mini nests could get expensive. I was hoping someone may have instructions on how to make a mini twig nest? I’m pretty crafty and have plenty of time to make them if it will be more cost effective than purchasing them. Or maybe one of you knows a place where I can buy them for a reasonable price? Thank you!
These nests from Williams-Sonoma are similar to what I’m looking for, but I couldn’t find a price.
Post # 3
I thought I could find something a little easier, but this is what I came up with:
P.s. I love the idea!! It’s too perfect for a spring wedding.
Post # 4
Thanks, I’m glad you like the idea! You’re right, those do seem a bit complicated for favors, maybe I’ll try one and see how it goes. I wish there was more info out there on pure twig nests. Thanks for searching!!
Post # 5
If the birds nest doesn’t work out you could try a bird seed favor…
Post # 6
@Redeemed Rebekah: That is super cute!! I was really hoping to go with the dark brown nests and blue edibles, but I could always make these with dark brown birdseed and tie a blue tag or ribbon on them. Thanks for the suggestion!
Post # 7
The blue jordan almonds definately look like robins eggs. What if you were to use a bag instead, stamp it with a nest and eggs style stamp? That way you can have the motif, without actually having the nest. (And although the nests are cute, if they are out of your budget, an alternative would still get the point across. Plus, I’m not sure what your guests would actually do with the nest when they get home!)
Post # 8
I second using blue jordan almonds. Also, I’ve seen birds nests like that at Michael’s for great prices. I looked at them for a while because I really considered doing this same thing, but in the end favors just aren’t in my budget. They come in a variety of sizes, and the smallest (which were still big enough to use) were like 2 for $1. Plus Michael’s is constantly having sales, like this past Sunday was 25% off your entire purchase. So you can totally do it for a reasonable price. Unfortunately I couldn’t find them on the Michael’s website, but I know they have them in the store.
Post # 9
Oooh I’m getting married the next weekend, and one of our themes is birds… so I am hoping to make these:
(just made my first one today!!)
And then attach a packet of gardening seeds, like flowers, and tie it with a lace ribbon.
I loove your idea!
Post # 10
Both of those pics are so cute! I love the ideas. I’m also doing a bird-details wedding ( not super prominent, but here and there!). Good luck with the nests!
Post # 11
@whitesonnet: I think I’m more hung up on the colors and the natural look of the nest and eggs than the motif itself. Maybe I could find another “natural” looking favor idea instead. I do think the Jordan almonds would be perfect though! You’re probably right about guests not using the nests after the wedding. Although I can think of lots of fun uses, I’m sure most people would just leave them behind.
@greenleafmountain: I haven’t ever seen them at Michael’s. That’s not a bad price though. I’ve only seen them other places for over $1 a piece, which really isn’t in my budget. I’ll have to check Michael’s.
@sept2610: Those birds are so adorable! How many guests are you having? Are you making one for each of your guests? What an undertaking!! I had also thought about giving away seeds as favors; great idea to tie them to the birds : ) I had also thought about giving away tree seedlings, but they are pretty expensive and some people wouldn’t have a place to plant them. I know I could find a place to plant all the leftovers, but we’ll be so busy after the wedding with our honeymoon, etc. I’m glad you like the idea.
@littlebug: What sorts of bird items/details are you including in your wedding? Thanks, I really hope I can pull it off.
Post # 12
If you have some help, you could make the nest using a haystack cookie recipe. Just form the chocolate/chinese noodle mixture into nests, instead of cookie drops. Or you could even use rice krispie treat mixture. They sell chocolate marshmallows now. You just wouldn’t have the twig effect with those, but you could get the shape more easily.
Post # 13
Here are some links to purchase birds nests. Somn=me are less than a dollar purcahsed in bulk.
Here are a couple of instructions to make your own
“Bird Nest: I found an easy way to make a birds nest. 1) get a tuft of Spanish moss two times as big as your nest will be. 2) roll it into a ball in your hand (roll harder for the nest to be tighter). 3) flatten the ball between your palms. 4) dribble glue in the center of the ball. 5) use your pinkie or whatever finger to push a sitting place for the bird in the center. The glue will dry and leave the depressed place permanent.”
Post # 14
@noritake22: an entirely edible option, sweet! Thanks for the idea.
@julies1949: Thanks for looking all that up! Some of those nests aren’t that expensive. I’ll have to look at those DIY instructions more closely; I wonder if they sell darker brown spanish moss in craft stores? I’ve only seen light colors.
Post # 15
Cute idea!!! Just a tip, I’ve done bird centerpieces for smaller events before and i think good trick is using moss inside the nests. this way if you’re making your own nests (still dont know how to do this but i’m looking into it for ya) then they dont have to look AS perfect. know what i mean?
here’s some bird/nest stuff i’ve done…
hope it goes well!
Post # 16
@LaBelleBride: How adorable! Thanks for the great tip and thanks for checking into how to make a twig nest, I really appreciate it!