My Mother had this vintage metal strainer. It is too old to use anymore but it makes a really cute Spring decoration.
I went through my stash and found a bird's nest, a faux bird to go with the strainer. My plan was to add faux succulents and insects.
The first thing I did was to hot glue the nest to the inside of the strainer, added some natural colored packing shred and then I added a few moss covered sticks I collected last time we were in the mountains. There had been a wind storm and there were sticks all over the ground. I also added the bird to the nest.
Next I glued a few pieces of moss around the bird nest.
I chose a few colors of card stock to make faux succulents.
Using my Big Shot Machine, I cut out my succulents using the Oh So Succulent dies.
Using white ink and the stamp for the succulent tips I stamped each tip.
I also cut out a few grass pieces.
I cut out all the petals.
The next thing was to shade the tip of each petal to resemble real succulents.
Then using a small brush handle I curved each petal.
Then glued each plant together.
Then it was just a matter of gluing all the succulents in place and adding a bee and a dragonfly I also cut out on my Big Shot.
I cut a small ribbon from vintage music and added a small succulent to the center.
Lastly I glued a icicle shaped crystal to the bottom hook.
And here is the completed project. Now I just need to decide where I am going to hang my new bird's nest.
I have several more projects in mind using these dies and stamp set for summer decorating, too.
I love it when I can turn something that would get thrown out and make it into something new. One less item for the landfill.