Oriole Nest Vase from Plastic Bottle

We're celebrating the Oriole Nest in my Spring Nest Series. We were thrilled when an Oriole built her nest right outside our bedroom window a few years ago. 

Their nests are an amazing work of art to behold. I wish I had snapped photos of it. Instead, here's my human-made version and the tutorial: 

I cut a plastic bottle at an angle to make this second artistic "study" of the interaction of our own Nests and Nature.

Orioles like to suspend their nests in a twig fork about 20-30 feet up from the ground. I mimic that effect with found twigs glued to the top of this plastic bottle nest

Orioles weave their nest out of natural plant fibers and will even use pieces of string that you leave draped on shrubs. Here, I simply glued spanish moss on the outside of the plastic bottle.

Orioles are attracted to sugar water, oranges, fruit, grape jelly, and meal worms. I'm sure ours were attracted by our hummingbird feeders.

The Oriole will guard her eggs for about two weeks. We were never able to see the babies since her nest was deep. But it was fun watching her sway with the branches in the breeze as she kept watch over her nest. 

In memory of that lovely vision, I added a blooming bit of branch to my "Oriole Nest Vase." 

This series is in honor of Earth Day and Mothers Day. Use your Oriole Nest Vase as a beautiful centerpiece or for display on a mantle or shelf. 

Make spring crafts inspired by the color palette from this project with the free designer papers for download in this post:

Remember to R3:  Recycle, Reuse & Repurpose. With Love.  {free R3 gift tags here}

Nests symbolize Nurturing, and 
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