Craft: Nesting balls

Nesting ball

I enjoy making stuff, from chairs, tables, and bookcases to something as simple as the nesting ball above. Now you might be asking yourself what the heck is a nesting ball? Well as the name implies, it is a ball filled with nesting materials for birds to use. Makes sense now doesn’t it.

I buy the balls, which I assume are just grape vines woven together, at Michaels craft store for about $7.00. I tried weaving one myself and honestly the Chinese just do it much better than I can.

The ball is filled with various materials; shredded cotton balls, yarn, cloth ribbon, Spanish moss, hemp twine, etc. stuff you can find around your house. The key is use to natural materials. For me, the fun is to find a Robins or a Thrush nest hidden in the hedges and see a piece of blue yarn, or the multi-colored paper or wood Easter grass I use woven in. It reminds me that we are all in this game together.

I give nesting balls as gifts at Christmas, for birthdays and as a house-warming presents. I make a little label to include with the ball that explains what it is. It reads; “Birds love to forage for things for their nests and these reusable balls give an all natural safe and soft option for them. Hang outdoors and birds will fly back and forth picking from the ball time and time again. When it is empty fill it up.”ย 

Making these balls are a fun, relaxing and messy project you can do with the kids or grand-kids on a rainy day. Spring is almost here, make a ball and help support our feathered friends.

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27 Responses to Craft: Nesting balls

  1. What a terrific idea. I’ve seen the balls at Michaels…..now I know what I can do with them. Thanks. Already have three neighbors in mind who would love them.

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  2. I’m intrigued. I’d never heard of such a thing. So, once you’ve made it, do you just drop it outside and wait for a bird to notice it / do you hang them in the trees? What a cool idea… ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. I am totally borrowing this idea! Thank you!

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  4. William Tell says:

    It’s a blessing to be the kind of person who likes to MAKE things. And such people, in their making, bless others.

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  5. You are a true friend of Mother Nature. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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  6. Patty says:

    Love this idea too ๐Ÿ™‚
    XxX

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  7. visionsbyjoe says:

    Wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Stacy Linn says:

    Love this idea! I took note of it and may try it myself… I’m going to be adding much more crafts to my utube and lifestyle blog. If you ever wish to collaborate on an idea please me know!

    Like

  9. ~Mel says:

    I love this idea! I may have to try it out this spring!

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  10. neatsoap says:

    Hello! I have a fairly new soap business and blog, I mostly only show finished products but do you think showing step by step instructions on how I make it will be more endearing to readers?
    Thank you!!

    https://wordpress.com/view/neatsoap.wordpress.com

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  11. Theses look fun! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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  12. This is such a cool idea

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  13. craftingqueen03 says:

    I love the idea! Its nice to do things like feed the birds, but giving them materials to make their home is one step better!

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  14. craftingqueen03 says:

    I know a few family members that would just love this gift!

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