From Plastic Tubes to Spring Nests

Nests. They are deeply symbolic, beautiful and functional. They speak of Spring, birth, nature and renewal. They speak of hearth, home, nurturing, and comfort. Yet they also whisper of growth, flight and taking leave.

Spring is in full bloom here. With Earth Day and Mother's Day around the corner it seems fitting to celebrate with a creative series of Nests. This "tube nest" is a miniature study of the interaction of our own "Nests" and Nature. In our own homes, plastic is everywhere, so I've transformed a plastic tube into a Nest.

Using permanent inks and embossing powders in conjunction with a variety rubber stamps,  I chose a mixture of free flowing images juxtaposed with chicken wire for the back of the tube.

You can see how the white embossing powders raise up on the plastic. To achieve this, you must be careful with the heat gun!

Gold thread embellishes the top of the tube, as well as the opening of the hollow on the front of the tube. Found feathers emphasize the soft, organic, nurturing quality of the natural world.

The front of the tube provides an intimate peek inside the hollow that holds the nest. 

I stamped an image of a nest onto photo paper and colored it with photo pens. A little chocolate egg nestles down in the tube as well.

The hollows that Nature creates are so much more stunning...

...which then makes me pause to consider what we decide to create.

Next Nest in Series:

Party Bowl

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Mindie Hilton said...

So creative :)

Simply Tasheena said...

This is such a clever idea. I would love for you to link up to my Linky Party via:

Mrs. Delightful

very merry vintage style said...

Very pretty! Thanks for linking up this week on Share the Love Wednesday!

Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon Designs said...

So neat and your post was beautifully written! Thanks for sharing with us!

Take care,


Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon Designs said...

So neat and your post was beautifully written! Thanks for sharing with us!

Take care,


Alison @ Oopsey Daisy said...

Very beautiful. What a great way to recycle old plastic tubes. Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

Melissa said...

So creative and clever! Love this Christina!!

Jill said...

So cute! What a great idea to recycle those old tubes!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success