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.”
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.