Spring is such a lovely time of year. Especially here in Michigan, after months of looking at brown trees, grey skies and muddy snow, we finally start seeing a bit of color again. This has been a really strange spring though. In the last 4 days alone, we have had beautiful warm sunny weather and green grass, followed by 6 inches of snow the next day, the third day brought more warmth and melted all of the snow, then the 4th day we got more snow. It’s driving me nuts. I am ready for bright beautiful color.
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This week is my son’s spring break. Despite the fact that he is only in Kindergarten, it seems like he has no time for the fun projects we used to do so often. Between school, homework, piano lessons, piano practice, soccer practice, soccer games, and of course time spent playing with friends, we haven’t done any projects in ages. So this week we are going to squeeze in lots. Our first project was all about embracing the beauty of spring.
We live in an area where the arrival of spring is marked by the return of birds. After a long cold winter, I love waking up to the sound of chirping birds again. And, of course, spring is the time of year when those birds start building their nests. Birds naturally gather all sorts of things to create a nice comfy nest for their eggs/babies, and this project is a great way to help them out while also adding beautiful color to your yard.
I started by creating a vague basket shape out of some scrap chicken wire we had lying around. It’s pretty ugly now but that won’t really matter. If you don’t have chicken wire, these suet holders would be a great option.
I purchased the most colorful yarn I could find. Here's some fun options.
Then we started cutting. You want to aim for 2”-5” pieces so that the birds won’t get tangled up in the yarn. We filled the basket then squeezed the top shut so the pieces wouldn’t just blow away in the wind.
We attached another piece of yarn for a handle, and hung it from a tree.
Now all that’s left to do is wait and watch.
The birds take the pieces of yarn and add them to their nests. So basically this project serves 3 purposes.
1. It’s a pretty and colorful piece of yard décor.
2. It helps the birds to create nice cozy nests.
3. It adds color to the nests all around the yard, in essence creating more yard décor.
What a fun way to add spring color!
For more fun outdoor decor you can make with the kids: