Wool and Glue Birdie Nest

Make a bird’s nest using yarn and glue as a perfect little craft for Springtime!
This is just too cute for Spring! I have to confess, I got the idea for sculpting with wool/string from watching Mister Maker (yes really!) I must watch him more often as he has some fabulous ideas. 
To make a little birdie nest you need some wool (yarn) or some string dipped in brightly coloured paint. You also need a lot of PVA (runny) glue and a container with a rounded bottom.

 First of all, douse the wool in loads of gloopy glue. This is the fun and messy, sensory play element 😉

Next, lay pieces of the sodden wool one at a time across the pot, criss-crossing and overlapping to build up a beautiful effect of a brightly woven basket.

 Wrap around the circumference of the pot as well (we didn’t do this quite enough.)

 Leave it to dry overnight. We left it for two days as it took ages to dry. Eventually we put it over the radiator and that sped things right up!

 Carefully remove the pot from underneath and you are left with a beautiful nest shape, all ready to fill with eager little chicks.

 Awwwww! I don’t know what it is about these chicks but they’ve melted my heart since childhood. Just so teeny and fluffy and somehow very needy.

 Cakie was thrilled to have somewhere to put her “birds” and carried them around to play with in their new little home. (Excuse the self-hand-stamping evidence.)

And we used some more of the wool and glue combination to create a piece of beautiful art work together.

This activity is good for:
* sensory and messy play
* creative and imaginative development
* knowledge and understanding of the world: animal homes and habitats/ change of materials from soft to hard & wet to dry


  1. says

    I love crafts with yarn and glue and make an attempt with them again and again, always with disastrous results. But we’re going to try this one! Its so cute.

  2. says

    Being in early childhood education, I really appreciate your references to how each activity is a learning experience to children. Awesome blog!!

  3. says

    So sweet!!! I have been wanting to make these with my kids. I need to get my hands on some yarn. I love that you added the little chicks! So cute!

    Thanks so much for linking up with For the Kids Fridays at Sun Scholars. I can’t wait to see what you have to share this week! I’ll be posting the next party later tonight. Hope to have you stop by!

    :)rachel @ SunScholars.blogspot.com

  4. says

    This is so brilliant & so easy! When I saw the picture at the beginning I wondered how it could be done in class but it will be fantastic & different! Thank you so much for linking to the Resource Centre. Hope to see you next week!