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Nest with eggs Christmas ornament

I love these necklaces that look like a bird’s nest and you can have it made to fit however many eggs you want. I think they are an adorable idea. I was walking through a local craft store and came across these eggs. At first I thought they were a little strange as a crafting supply, but the idea of making the necklace idea into a larger ornament struck and I had to get them! These are so great because you can add as many or as little the amount of eggs you want and completely customize it to the family who will be hanging it on their tree, great, right?!

you will need:

jewelry wire

small, plastic eggs

needle nose pliers

ornament hooks or ribbon

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Before we start, the gauge of the wire you choose is totally up to you.  I am not sure what size mine is as I used some I had that was not marked anymore. A large wire would look great, but keep in mind that you will need to be able to poke the wire into your eggs and the larger the wire, the larger you have to make the holes.

Begin by poking a small hole on the end of your eggs. My eggs already had a hole in one end, I just poked a hole in the other end. I used a thumb tack and it worked perfect.

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Once your eggs are ready, thread them onto your wire one after the other leaving a bit of wire hanging off the end. When you have all of your eggs on the wire, bring your two ends together and twist your wire somewhat snug so that it keeps the eggs from slipping off and holds them in place. Twist the wire a few times to make sure it is secured.

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Cut a length of your wire. I wish I had measured, but I didn’t. I would say it was 10 feet. If you do this much and it isn’t enough, you can always cut more off and continue with a new piece. Now you are going to form loops around your eggs to create your nest.  I held with one hand and twisted around with the other. I would go several loops and than take the end of my wire and weave it through the nest in a couple of different spots. This helps hold it into place so if you drop it you aren’t losing all of your work but also doesn’t look like you are wrapping it.  It should blend in with what you are already doing.

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When you are at the size you want, loop the spot of your ornament that you want to be the top several times. This will give you a spot to hang your ornament hanger. When you are done here, simply trim off any extra and secure the end into the nest. It should tuck right into some of the “branches” without even being seen.

What a great ornament! I love that I have my 3 little “eggs” represented on my tree.

Great gift for a friend, neighbor, new parents, grandparents, new couple. So many options! How many eggs is your ornament going to need?

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Every Christmas my kids look forward to making ornaments. It is so fun letting them make some of their own creations that they can hold on to as the years go by. This is one that kids will really enjoy and is easy to do with a little supervision.

You will need:

twigs

twine or yarn

hot glue gun and sticks

buttons for the eyes and nose (2 black and 1 red)

Begin by cutting your twigs to equal lengths (6-8 inches works well) and gluing them together in a point.

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Let the glue set for a couple of minutes to make sure that they are good and attached to one another.

Now you will begin to wrap your twine around the sticks. I began by going through the center of the sticks and then covering it by twisting around.

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Wrap around the stick holding the twine so that it is going on without slack. It isn’t necessary to glue every time you go around, but glue periodically. Some areas may still seem pretty bare, be sure to go around those spots a little extra so that it has enough coverage.

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Once you have the coverage you want, clip off the end of your twine and glue it in the back where it won’t show.

Now you are ready to glue your eyes and nose on. I used buttons that were smooth on top but anything will work. I just liked the looks of these ones for this. Glue them on.

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If you want to be able to hang it off a branch, you can now take some ribbon (or use the twine like I did) to make a hanger for the top. I put a dot of hot glue on the top and than wrapped the twine around it twice on each antler.

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Maybe its just me, but I love a good pun or play on words. I think they are cute in the right context. I especially love when they go along with a small gift. That is why I searched for one when I decided to give my kid’s teachers lotions and body sprays for Christmas this year. I couldn’t find anything that I liked, so instead I made my own and now I can share them with you!

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These are great for more than just lotions though. The “Berry” Christmas one would be great for anything having to do with berries. The SCENT-sational one (center in photo above) would be great with anything scented. (think lotions, soaps, room sprays, candles, so many different ideas!). And the Be Merry is great for anything and everything. I think they are a fun way to add a special finishing touch to your thoughtful gift.

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These are SO EASY TO MAKE, and so much fun. My kids giggle when they see them, and best part of all… they are a healthy snack that is still sure to bring a smile.  This year we have a FREE printable so the hats can just be printed right at home. Does not get much simpler than this.  Hope your kids love these as much as mine do.

 

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To make these you will need:

“String Cheese” Mozzarella cheese sticks

Ribbon

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Double-sided tape

Sharpies – Black and Orange

Scissors

First cut out the hats, turn them over and put some double sided tape on them. Place the hat on the top of the cheese stick (on the side that does NOT have logos or writing).

Use the sharpie markers to draw a face on your snowman. Two medium sized black dots for eyes, a orange line for a nose and  five small black dots for a mouth.

Next tie a piece of  ribbon around the cheese to make it look like a scarf, tie a double knot so it stays in place. Trim to appropriate length.

Just below the scarf,  draw 3 medium sized black dots to look like buttons.

 

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