I made this to give my patio a natural look. It's a hand made bird's nest with egg planters for small plants, like succulents. I hope you like my instructable!
Step 1: Gather the Materials
- 3 eggs (I will show you how to make the shell pots)
- Pine Straw
- Feather (optional)
- Red Clay
- Napkins (It gets kind of messy.)
- Round Bowl or Pot
- Basket (not in the pictures above)
- Other Accessories/Decorations
The amount of each thing you need depends on how big you want to make your nest. I used about 3 handfuls of pine straw and 1 handful of moss. My nest should be large enough to fit 3 large grade A eggs.
I have a lot of red clay, because I live in GA. I am sure you can just use any soil that packs in the pine straw well or stays clumped when dry. You could also substitute it with glue if you want to put your nest inside.
I gathered my moss and pine straw outside. When you retrieve your moss or pine straw make sure you clean off all the dirt and bugs. If you don't want to go through the dirt or, again, you're putting this inside you can buy dried moss at craft stores like Michael's and coconut husks for hanging planters to substitute pine straw. If you use coconut husk it should stay together without glue or mud. I decided to use the mud, because I didn't have any coconut husk on me and I am keeping my nest in a patio.
Step 2: Egg Shells
Take your spoon and tap the top of the egg with the edge of the spoon. Crack all around the egg. Then poor insides of the egg out into a small bowl. I would have a recipe on hand that uses the amount of eggs you need, but I just made scrambles eggs for breakfast :33.
Clean off all the cracked pieces at the top and fill with soapy water and swish to clean. Be very careful handling the hollow shells. They crack very easily!!!
Step 3: Filling Eggs
Using your spoon again, scoop the fertilizer into each egg carefully and pat it down using your fingers. Repeat with each egg until they are tightly packed and full.
Step 4: Mixing Mud
Take the rest of your soil and red clay and mix it in with a small amount of water. Mix using your small shovel. Only use enough water to make a thick, but not drowned, mud.
Step 5: Preparing the Pine Straw
Cut the end of the pine straw where all the strands meet to give yourself more flexibility. Then mix all of the of the pine straw into the mud evenly. Push it up to the sides of the bowl to round it out and let it sit for ten minutes, so the shape can set in.
In the image above I placed the moss in the middle. DO NOT follow that image. I had made the mistake of thinking of just letting it dry into the shape, but it would have been crusty and hard to remove.
Step 6: Shaping Into Basket
Pick up the pine straw and place it in the basket. Prop and shape it into a circle using the pebbles.
Add one third of your moss to the bottom of the nest to provide cushion for your eggs. Then gently add the eggs in and fill the gaps between each other and the nest with the next third of your moss. Place in your plant. For this I am propagating succulents. If you're planting something then dig a small hole in the egg with your finger and pat down gently.
I added a blue jay feather I found for decoration.
Carefully clean up any dirt you got on the basket off now.
Step 7: Finish Up
Add the rest of your moss in a thin layer at the bottom of the basket. You can add any other accessories you think might look nice.
The moss will dry and look more brown overtime. I am going for this look, because it'll look more natural and make the succulents pop more.
I hope this was helpful. If anyone makes this I would like to see :33