2 yards bark covered wire
2 small feather birds
1 handful of reindeer moss
Velvet millinery flowers
Velvet millinery leaves
1 fresh hydrangea bloom
1 floral water tube
1 small piece of heavy cardstock

Hot glue gun
Wire cutters

Most supplies are readily available in the floral section of any major craft store. The birds are available in crafts stores too, or check Ebay for vintage ones. For velvet leaves and flowers, new or vintage, try visiting

Cut a circle out of the cardstock, 3.5 inches in diameter.

Coil approximately two yards of bark covered wire into a small nest shape, approximately 3.5 inches in diameter. (see figure 1)

Use your hot glue gun to adhere the nest to the card stock. (see figure 2)

Glue a thick layer of moss in the center of your nest. Attach velvet leaves and flowers using the glue gun. (see figure 3)

Next, nest your birds in the moss and add a little glue beneath them to keep them in place. (see figure 4)

Cut the stem of your hydrangea so it’s only an inch or two long. Insert the stem into the water filled tube. (see figure 5)

Tuck the end of the tube into the nest, so it’s concealed by the moss, and place on top of your cake. (see figure 6)

The bloom should remain fresh in the tube for at least 24 hours.

Spool of bark covered wire – $10
Birds $2.00 each x 2 = $4.00
Velvet leaves and flowers – $4.00
Hydrangea – snipped from the yard – $0
Water tube – $.25
Small bag of moss – $2

Total amount spent – $20.25

Project created by Laurie Cinotto


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