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Bird’s Nest Napkin Rings – Easy and Budget Friendly

Hello there, how are you doing? For the past few months I’ve been hoarding saving our empty paper towel rolls. They always come in so handy and we’ve built up quite a collection 🙂  This weekend seemed like the perfect time to dig into that stockpile and turn them into these bird’s nest napkin rings.

An easy and budget friendly craft tutorial for DIY bird’s nest napkin rings using recycled materials is an inexpensive and beautiful way to make your own napkin ring holders!

Aren’t they just so adorable and they couldn’t be easier to make. All you need is:

  • empty paper towel roll
  • scissors, spray adhesive and glue
  • pretty scrapbook paper and burlap
  • a few twigs from the garden
  • some feathers
  • coconut fiber

We had a whole bunch of coconut fibers leftover from when we made our wine glass planters a while back, but you should also be able to find some at your local garden center or even pet shop. Just ask for natural nesting material 😉

How to Make The Base Napkin Rings

There are tons of tutorials on how to make napkin rings from empty towel rolls, so I won’t bore you with another one. Just cut the rolls into 5 cm (2″) sections, wrap them with a strip of burlap and then a strip scrapbook paper. I cut the burlap strips a little wider than the rolls so the frayed edges would peek out from under the scrapbook paper and then glued some twig on to the covered rolls.

An easy and budget friendly craft tutorial for DIY bird’s nest napkin rings using recycled materials is an inexpensive and beautiful way to make your own napkin ring holders!

Now to make the little bird’s nest and eggs.

How to Make The Miniature Bird’s Nest

I know you can buy small bird’s nests at craft stores, but they are so easy to make and cost next to nothing too. All you need to do is take a small clump of coconut fiber and twist it out to form a strand about 10 cm (4″) long.

An easy and budget friendly craft tutorial for DIY bird’s nest napkin rings using recycled materials is an inexpensive and beautiful way to make your own napkin ring holders!

Spray the coconut fiber with some spray adhesive. Not too much just enough to make it tacky and then wind or twist the strand around your thumb to form a circle. Keep a small “tail” of fibers and tuck it underneath to seal the bottom of the miniature bird’s nest.

An easy and budget friendly craft tutorial for DIY bird’s nest napkin rings using recycled materials is an inexpensive and beautiful way to make your own napkin ring holders!

Squish the bottom of the nest so it’s nice and tight and voila, the nests are done. Easy right?!!

An easy and budget friendly craft tutorial for DIY bird’s nest napkin rings using recycled materials is an inexpensive and beautiful way to make your own napkin ring holders!

I couldn’t find any egg shaped beads, so I used a few flat oval beads instead. Just glue two of them together to form tiny little eggs. You can also make some clay eggs if you can’t find the right beads.

An easy and budget friendly craft tutorial for DIY bird’s nest napkin rings using recycled materials is an inexpensive and beautiful way to make your own napkin ring holders!

To finish off, glue the eggs inside the nest and then glue the nest onto the twigs. Add a feather or two, if you like, and the bird’s nest napkin rings are done.

An easy and budget friendly craft tutorial for DIY bird’s nest napkin rings using recycled materials is an inexpensive and beautiful way to make your own napkin ring holders!

I’m real happy with how they turned out. They add such a lovely rustic and natural touch and the only thing I had to buy were the beads. You can use the same technique to make larger nest’s too. Just wind the fiber or some grass around a round bowl instead of your thumb and you’ll end up with a life sized version like this one I used here.

An easy and budget friendly craft tutorial for DIY bird’s nest napkin Rings using recycled materials is an inexpensive and beautiful way to make your own napkin ring holders!

All in all, it probably takes about 5 minutes to make each napkin ring once you’ve gathered all the materials. Not bad for a quick and easy craft that looks so cute.

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Oh and you see those biscuits? Well I was planning on doing all these creative shots that involved the biscuits and the little nest but ended up eating them, so the photo above was the only shot I got 😀 Do you eat your props too? I would love to know what you think of the napkin rings. Is it something you’d try? It’s a great craft to do with the kids and the little bird’s nests can even be used in your fairy garden too.They’re pretty weather resistant. And don’t forget to share it with your friends and/or save it to Pinterest. Sharing caring 😉

An easy and budget friendly craft tutorial for DIY bird’s nest napkin rings using recycled materials is an inexpensive and beautiful way to make your own napkin ring holders! #craftsforkids #tabledecor #makeyourown

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Oh and just in case you want to make a few for your next brunch I’ve saved you the hassle of trying to find some of the materials. Disclosure: If you click on the links below, we may receive a commission from Amazon. But don’t worry it won’t come out of your pocket, and it helps us fund our crafting habit 😉

 

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As always wishing you a lovely, creative and blessed week.

Made with love by a Crafty Mix

 

Categories:   DIY Crafty Tutorials, Quick & Easy Crafts, Recycling Crafts

Comments

  • Posted: April 23, 2018 13:03

    Laura Ingalls Gunn

    These sweet tweets look wonderfully high end. Thank you for this delightful tutorial. Have a fabulous day!
    • Posted: April 23, 2018 15:30

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Laura and you too 😉
  • Posted: April 20, 2018 19:06

    Keri

    Michelle, that's too funny about eating your props! Well the napkin rings are super cute and creative, love it!!
    • Posted: April 22, 2018 13:21

      acraftymix

      LOL, those biscuits were just sooo tempting 🙂
  • Posted: April 18, 2018 23:50

    FLORENCE

    Michelle! That's so sweet! Musta been good biscuits! I like the way you created that little nest. I never would have thought of it, but the little faux pearls are perfect as eggs. Such unique little napkin rings. I'm so glad you got your site up running again. I've been checking in.
    • Posted: April 23, 2018 15:22

      acraftymix

      Thank you so much for checking up Florence 💕 I can't tell you how much that means to me. When our blog went down it felt like the worst thing ever and then I realized I still have so incredibly much to be grateful for, like yummy biscuits and friends who care. I so appreciate YOU. Thank you
  • Posted: April 18, 2018 09:36

    Christina Makri

    So cute, so different from what I have ever seen but also so chic! Pinned and I will make them next Easter! I love them Michelle!
    • Posted: April 23, 2018 15:18

      acraftymix

      Thank you my friend 💕 They're so easy to make
  • Posted: April 12, 2018 01:25

    Angela Ricardo Bethea

    This bird nest napkin ring looks really awesome. You are so creative, Mich. You really did a great job on this.
    • Posted: April 23, 2018 15:17

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Angela 💕
  • Posted: April 11, 2018 06:21

    Agnes Vazhure

    I really love this. This is truly nice and unique work. You are so creative Michelle. You really impressive me with your works.
    • Posted: April 23, 2018 15:17

      acraftymix

      Thank you Agnes, I really appreciate that, ALOT
  • Posted: April 11, 2018 00:22

    Sadhna Grover

    I would love to have this napkin-rings, eggs are so cute. I thought you have created some artificial biscuits as well, but you had mentioned that you ate them. :) :)
    • Posted: April 11, 2018 04:52

      acraftymix

      LOL Sadhna, you know me and biscuits 😉
  • Posted: April 10, 2018 21:15

    Ashley

    This is so perfect for Spring! You’re amazingly creative I would’ve never thought of it lol.
    • Posted: April 11, 2018 04:52

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Ashley 🙂
  • Posted: April 10, 2018 19:52

    Claire

    These are ridiculously cute!
    • Posted: April 11, 2018 04:50

      acraftymix

      😉 Thanks Claire, and ridiculously easy too
  • Posted: April 10, 2018 19:48

    Tanvi Rastogi

    Gosh! The end result made me gasp with wonder. It looks SOOO good. Such attention to detail and what a wonderful idea. Loved it.
    • Posted: April 11, 2018 04:56

      acraftymix

      😊 Thank you Tanvi, I really appreciate it
  • Posted: April 10, 2018 17:08

    Ithfifi

    These are absolutely gorgeous, your stocking up of the rolls was a great idea - I still don't get how you do it though (you creative genius!) I could never look at a cardboard roll and invision, let alone make something so beautiful! You'd have no idea what the base is made of without being told. These are seriously so pretty, I could imagine them on a wedding table!
    • Posted: April 11, 2018 04:55

      acraftymix

      😊 Thank you Ithi. I kinda feel the same way when I see the miniature works of art you create. It's just boggles my mind how you do it.
  • Posted: April 10, 2018 15:35

    Leanna

    Michelle, these are so natural, beautiful and one of a kind. I think they are wonderful. Those little birds nests are so sweet. Pinning.
    • Posted: April 11, 2018 04:56

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Leanna 😊
  • Posted: April 10, 2018 14:43

    Elizabeth O

    This is such a creative idea and has a lovely rustic style look to it. A gorgeous craft indeed.
    • Posted: April 11, 2018 04:49

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Elizabeth 😉
  • Posted: April 10, 2018 08:37

    Karolina

    I can't believe how beautiful they are! And you definitely made it seem so easy to do ;) But as I know from experience with my hands- all that can go wrong probably will ;)
    • Posted: April 10, 2018 10:06

      acraftymix

      Awwwww Karolina, thanks so much and you really should give the little bird's nests a try, they are so easy to make
  • Posted: April 10, 2018 08:18

    Daria

    What a beautiful idea! Love the nest theme, I see birds everyday now, coming to my patio, to enjoy the flowers, it is so very springlike.
    • Posted: April 10, 2018 10:07

      acraftymix

      That's good to hear Daria. All my friends up north have been complaining that Spring seems to be taking forever to arrive this year
  • Posted: April 10, 2018 05:14

    Katrin

    Aw how sweet those little nests are! What a fun idea and that birch scrapbook paper is perfect, love it!!
    • Posted: April 10, 2018 07:05

      acraftymix

      😊 Thanks so much Katrin. The little nest are so incredibly easy to make
  • Posted: April 10, 2018 05:03

    Julia - Vintage with Laces

    That looks so pretty and is perfect for a spring table setting, Michelle. I love the upcycling of the paper towel rolls and the use of natural materials. Eating the props is just a kind of repurposing and we love repurposing, right? :)
    • Posted: April 10, 2018 07:06

      acraftymix

      You are the best Julia, now I won't feel guilty about eating my props anymore 😉
  • Posted: April 9, 2018 21:19

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    These are adorable Michelle! I love the rustic natural look of these napkin rings. I probably would of ate all the biscuits, their wouldn't of been any left for a photo. LOL
    • Posted: April 10, 2018 04:04

      acraftymix

      😆 Oh yay, someone else eats their props, I'm so glad to hear that
  • Posted: April 9, 2018 20:16

    Mary

    Michelle these have to be the cutest little napkin rings I have ever seen in my life. They look like little nests that the fairies from the garden have made.
    • Posted: April 10, 2018 07:06

      acraftymix

      😉 Those garden fairies of ours have been super busy. Thanks so much Mary 😉
  • Posted: April 9, 2018 16:22

    Debrashoppeno5

    This is an adorable idea.
    • Posted: April 9, 2018 16:32

      acraftymix

      Thank you Debra 🙂
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