I started out with this sweet bird shaped votive holder. I was able to purchase several of these earlier this year..you know one of those, "I'm sure I can use this for something" purchases. I knew I would probably want to create some sort of assemblage piece in it, but the ideas never came and I almost sold these in our yard sale this summer! So happy I didn't! Ok, so I'm not exactly sure where you would find something just like it, but I'm sure you can find a bird votive holder at Michaels, or maybe even your dollar stores?
Anyway, to prep her, I added some Diamond Stickles. (Diamond and Platinum are my go to favorites every time..) I added a little to her wings, and as you can see in the top photo, I later went back and added quite a bit more to her tail feathers, etc. A Christmas bird does need to be glittered now, doesn't she?
I then glued in a little paper shred to the area that would normally hold a candle.
Cut her out and using a chalk pencil, give her some rosy cheeks.
I added a little Platinum Stickles to a bleached bottle brush tree. (later I also added more Diamond stickles)
I also have these little vintage bottle brush tree picks, and I used two of those in this project. I trimmed them to size, and covered them with the Diamond Stickles. Now, if you don't have access to vintage tree picks, you could use some smaller bottle brush trees, lightly bleach them out so they're not such a dark green, and trim the bristles to give yourself a more narrow tree.
I also glued some vintage pearls to the trees and then glued the trees and my little nest pixie into the paper shred. Add a few vintage pearls to the shred as well, and cover them with a bit of the Stickles.
I gave the bird a little bow using vintage tinsel trim, and added more Stickles to her, and she was finished! Now, I also think a little banner with a holiday sentiment would also be a cute addition to this Christmas nest, and I may add that later.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask, I'm always happy to help. Also, if you have made any ornaments from any of the tutorials, I would LOVE to see, so please share!
I was able to put a handful of these kits together for you, and they're located in the shop. The kit contains the lovely bird candle holder, a printed pixie, white bottle brush tree, and two vintage botttle brush tree picks, vintage pearls, and vintage tinsel! All you'll need is some strong adhesive and your favorite Stickles glitter glue. (or regular glitter and glue)
Be back soon with some more ornament inspiration from around the web, er Pinterest that is.. :)