Bird's Nest Christmas Tree Ornament

Bird nest Christmas tree ornaments are so easy to make.

When you think of bird nests do you think of spring and Easter when nature becomes filled with the hustle and bustle of nesting birds?  Birds and bird nest decorations aren't only for that time of year.

According to German folklore, prosperity will come to any home that finds a bird's nest among the branches of the family Christmas tree.  

So, today’s tutorial is on making a bird’s nest ornament that looks natural and will last for years. It’s so simple and easy.

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Christmas is full of symbolism.  Everything from stars to candy canes, from candles to mistletoe have hidden meanings.  A bird's nest ornament symbolism home, love, good health and prosperity.

"Bird nests are symbols of home," the website My Growing Traditions quotes in the "Legend of the Bird's Nest" post.  Did you know that birds don't sleep or live in their nests?  They are a place to keep and protect eggs and chicks.   Audubon has a wonderful article, Small Miracles: The Wonder of Birds' Nests, on these intricate bird creations.

Nowadays, you wouldn't want to bring into the home a real bird's nest tucked into the branches of the tree and definitely, an artificial tree won't have a nest but this doesn't have to stop you from starting the bird's nest tradition. 

Bird nest decorations are a charming tradition to add to your Christmas celebrations. In less than a half-hour, you can create a beautiful bird's nest ornament that brings a little joy to the holiday season using a few materials from the crafts or dollar store.

Learn how to make a bird's nest ornament by watching the whole tutorial in this video, or by reading the step-by-step instructions below.

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how to make a bird's nest ornament

Bird Nest Ornament Finished Top View

for the bird's nest Christmas tree ornament, you will need:

  • Two Mini Grapevine wreaths
  • Decorative Bird
  • Moss
  • Hot Glue & Glue Sticks
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Pencil Compass
  • Ruler

Bird Nest Ornament Supplies

I purchased the mini grapevine wreaths, moss and bird from Joann.  But you can always look at Amazon, dollar stores or Michael’s.

INSTRUCTIONS for bird's nest decoration:

STEP 1: Create a nest

First cut a piece of cardboard (I am using cardboard from a cereal box) to the size of the wreath. Measure the diameter of the wreath and then make a circle from cardboard this measurement.

A pencil compass is a handy tool for making the circle.  

Bird Nest Ornament Compass

After the circle is cut out, Bird Nest Ornament Cut Circle make sure the cardboard covers the wreath without having the cardboard extend beyond the wreath’s outer edges. Bird Nest Ornament Cardboard Circle Fits

Set it aside.

Bird Nest Ornament Circle Cut

Layer and glue the two grapevine wreaths together with some craft or hot glue.  Allow the glue to dry.

Bird Nest Ornament Glue mini wreaths together

Now, run a generous bead of hot glue around the edge of the cardboard piece.  Place the cardboard on the grapevine wreath applying pressure for a few seconds to make sure the cardboard is firmly glued to the wreath.

Bird Nest Ornament Glue Cardboard Circle

Here is a look at the front of the birds nest after the cardboard circle is glued in place.  Bird Nest Ornament Cardboard bottom

STEP 2: apply moss

It's time to fill the bird's nest with moss.  Simply apply some hot glue to the cardboard and add the moss.  

Bird Nest Ornament Add Nest

Continue layering glue and moss until all the cardboard is covered.

STEP 3: attach bird inside bird nest

A bird's nest wouldn't be complete without a bird; so apply hot glue to the bottom of the bird and press it firmly to the bird nest.

Bird Nest Ornament Add Bird

Now you have a gorgeous homemade bird Christmas tree decoration.  It’s super cute, super easy and super darn quick. 

It’s easy to tuck the bird's nest ornament onto a branch and it looks so cozy in the Christmas tree! 

Bird Nest Ornament Finished In Nest On Tree


This bird nest Christmas ornament makes great Christmas gifts for gardeners, bird-watchers, and anyone else who thinks the best days are those you spend in the great outdoors.

If you don't have time to make a bird Christmas tree ornament, here are some alternatives: Etsy and Amazon.

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