These adorable DIY shredded paper nests are a fabulous way to present Easter goodies to your loved ones and party goers. The nests also put recycled shredded paper to good use! I adore the idea of these mini nests sitting atop a pastel napkins at my Easter table. The charming neutral palate of the paper nests against the shiny foil and color of the goodies makes me so happy.
When I was young, for every big holiday, my mother put a little dish in front of our plates filled with candies. This little dish of sweets became one of my favorite parts of special occasions. Literally, I couldn’t wait to see what was in the dish each year! I now do this as a tradition for my family as well. These paper nests tickled my fancy as I think they are a perfect way to provide a new and fun way to share those little holiday treats!
DIY Shredded Paper Nests for Easter
- Blow up balloon until diameter reflects desired nest size (these are 3 to 5 inches wide). Rest balloon on jar, knotted end down.
- In a small dish, mix equal parts decoupage finish and water. Brush mixture onto top half of balloon to create a guide for the nest.
- Lay strips of shredded paper onto glue-covered area, covering as much as you can.
- Dip small handfuls of crumpled shredded paper in glue mixture, and continue adding to create a full nest. Let dry overnight.
- Pop balloon. Top off inside of nest with additional shredded paper and fill with jelly beans, foil wrapped chocolate eggs, and other small candies.
The how-to for these paper nests is originally from the pages of Martha Stewart Living. The issue is so chock full of fabulous crafts and projects, I had a hard time choosing what to share this month! Give these sweet paper nests a whirl and go grab a copy of the latest issue for other fab crafts, projects and recipes for a beautiful Easter celebration!
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