Bird Nest Helper


Yesterday the kiddo and I made a little gift for the birds. When I was little I ALWAYS wanted to do this: a bird nest helper. Yarn bits and grass/branch pieces for our feathered friends. Not that they need the help… but it was fun! SO, during my research for this project, I found out a few things. First, you probably want to use all natural materials for this. As in… no acrylic/rayon yarn. I used wool and cotton. I also read: don’t use dryer lint. Dryer lint tends to fall apart and disintegrate, and this can create a weak nest for your birdies.

Things to use: sticks, grass, moss, natural yarn and string, and even hair (sort of ewww…. but those birds love it)! You want to keep all string/yarn lengths under 3 – 4 inches. I have NO idea why. I just read this multiple times, so I stuck with it. Add all these bits and pieces to a suet feeder, thistle feeder bag, or even an old orange mesh bag and hang from a tree. We hung ours in a tree in front of our living room window… hopefully we’ll see those birds grabbing some nest goodies this spring!





Happy Monday,



  • TishaO on said:

    this is a really great idea. a great photo opportunity too, capturing them pulling the pieces out!

  • jenny holiday on said:

    Oh my gosh! Ohh a girl after my own heart! Aaron and I did this a few years back and we waited and waited with fingers crossed…and were SO SO SO excited to see that some of our sparkly yarn and aqua raffia was used by a mama bird!

    You made my day today! 🙂 So happy I popped in!

    Here's to a Happy Happy Spring!

    Love from the NJ Shore!
    xo Jenny Holiday

    ps Your VINES are the best ever ever ever!!

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Ooooo! Fun! Maybe we'll see some lovely red pieces in some nests. 🙂

  • Danielle on said:

    What a great idea!!! That sounds so sweet.

  • Anni on said:

    This is a really cute idea, but wouldn´t it be better to use "natural" colors of yarn and wool?
    Otherwise it's too much a hint for cats and other evil animals… and humans…


    • The Paper Mama on said:

      I know… I thought of that…. later. Ha! Good idea. 🙂

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