I spent some time last week (the only nice day we had) cleaning the old nests from the birdhouses and making some necessary repairs. I hated to throw the beautiful roosts out, so instead they came into the cabin to create a natural table vignette.
My favorite is the smaller nest made by Wrens (I know this because I watched them go in and out of that house all summer long). I can’t believe all the feathers they have wove into the nesting material. It’s quite impressive how crafty they are. After getting them in place I thought they needed a pop of color and of course eggs were the natural choice.
I didn’t have any at home and wasn’t spending the time to drive 40 miles to locate some so I decided the next best thing was to make my own. I used a simple salt dough recipe…..made them up before I went to bed and let them dry overnight.
The next day I gave them a coat of Krylon Blue Ocean Breeze spray paint and splattered them with chocolate colored watercolors. Voila I had faux bird eggs and never had to leave the house or spend any money to get them.
Here’s the easy, easy recipe. I think I may be using this for other projects. I can think of a million things I can create with salt dough.
- 1/2 C Flour
- 1/2 C Salt
- 1/4 C Water
- Mix together to form a dough, add more water if needed. Form into shape and let dry overnight on wax paper.