DIY Spring Nest Starter For The Birds

March 09, 2021

I think spring is finally beginning to show its face... its big, beautiful, sunshiny face!! ๐ŸŒž

I am so ready, aren't you!?

I'm ready to get my yard cleaned up and start planting some flowers!

I can hear the birds chirping outside as they start building their nests.

Speaking of birds, I was on one of my favorite shopping sites back when I was doing some online Christmas shopping and I saw a wool nest starter ball... basically, a wire ball that is stuffed with pieces of wool. The birds come and pick out pieces of the wool to use in their nests.

I decided to DIY my own nest starter for my bird friends!

DIY Spring Nest Starter For The Birds

DIY Spring Nest Starter For The Birds

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This is the Wool Nest Starter Ball I saw on Uncommon Goods.

DIY Spring Nest Starter For The Birds

When I saw it, I thought of these rusty bed springs that I have, I thought they would work perfectly to DIY a nest starter! 

I picked up a bunch of these springs on one of my trips to The Dump. You can get bedsprings on Etsy if you don't have any, HERE.

DIY Spring Nest Starter For The Birds

Here are the nest starter materials I used for my DIY version:
  • Ribbon - only natural materials, no nylon or plastic
  • Pieces of yarn - cut very short
  • Colorful wool roving
  • Dryer lint - not if you use fabric softener sheets
  • Raffia
  • Sphagnum moss
Other options:
  • Twigs from the yard
  • bristles from an old whisk broom

DIY Spring Nest Starter For The Birds

DIY Spring Nest Starter For The Birds

DIY Spring Nest Starter For The Birds

I just started combining all the different materials and mixing it up until it was basically just a big mess! ๐Ÿ˜‚

DIY Spring Nest Starter For The Birds

DIY Spring Nest Starter For The Birds

I just shoved this big ball of nesting materials inside the spring!

DIY Spring Nest Starter For The Birds

I hung it in the tree in my backyard.

DIY Spring Nest Starter For The Birds

It helps to cover the bottom with a piece of chicken wire so the stuff won't fall out.

DIY Spring Nest Starter For The Birds

I'll be checking out nearby nests to see if I can spot any of these colorful pieces in them! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

DIY Spring Nest Starter For The Birds

DIY Spring Nest Starter For The Birds
**UPDATE - I have done some research and have learned that yarn and ribbon are not good for birds unless it is cut into very small pieces and made of natural materials. The baby birds can get tangled in them and choke. I have removed this nest starter from my tree and removed the ribbons and cut the other things into small pieces. There is a great article here about it: How to Help Make a Bird's Nest

I have received some very hateful messages regarding this post am very sad that grown adults choose to be so hateful via email or social media. I bet they wouldn't be so mean about things if they were standing face to face with me rather than hiding behind a computer screen and acting like a nasty troll.
DIY Spring Nest Starter For The Birds


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