Make a Fluffy Yarn Easter Nest : Tutorial - The Magic Onions

Make a Fluffy Yarn Easter Nest : Tutorial

Kitty was enchanted with the little yellow yarn chick Teddy made yesterday (here’s a link to see it). What can I make? She asked. Well, I replied, What would you like to make? Um… a soft little brown nest with three speckled robins eggs in it, she decided… I smiled. It was just like Kitty to have a detailed and specific idea. Luckily, I had just the yarn for a fluffy little nest!

To make the nest, we decided that wrapping a length of wire in fluffy brown yarn would work well… then we could shape the wire into a nest. We cut a length of malleable wire about 5ft long. The yarn I had was perfect as it has a straggly mass of brown, creamy and nest-colored fibers coming out of it, in every which way.

We shaped the end of the wire into a tiny hole and threaded the yarn through this hole and tied a knot, fixing the yarn to the wire.

Then we began wrapping the wire in the yarn.

At first it was easy but, as our wrapped length of wire grew longer, Kitty found that the yarn became tangled in it with each new wrap. It was frustrating. But soon she discovered that if she twisted the wrapped end into a spiral, she could wrap the remaining wire much more efficiently. I delighted in watching her work out a solution to her problem… creative critical thinking!

Once the entire length of wire was wrapped in yarn, she adjusted the spiral she’d made and a beautifully fluffy little nest appeared. Oh, it’s just perfect!!! She exclaimed. She “found” three little speckled eggs in my workshop and her robin’s nest was complete.


She is so very proud of her creation and has been playing with her nest all afternoon. It warms my heart to see my children playing with playthings they have made with their own hands… they are makers, creators, harnessing the power of their spectacular imaginations.

If you want to see some of our other Easter crafts, click here.

Happy Easter crafting,

Blessings and magic,



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Donni Webber is the mom behind the popular natural living Waldorf website and blog, The Magic Onions - where the magic of nature and the wonder of childhood collide to make each moment a precious gift. She is a photographer, writer, crafter, wife and mother of two inspiring young children. Her work has been featured in many popular publications, including HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Disney and Apartment Therapy.

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  1. All of your Easter crafts are so sweet! And I love that the kids are able to complete the projects with very little adult assistance.
    ~ joey ~

  2. Very nice Donni, Kitty did a great job with that. I can see CG making one with pink yarn. We will be making one soon.

  3. I’ve been scouring blogs this morning looking for a craft the children can do at our big family gathering. I think this is perfect. The little boys as well as the little girls will like it. So glad I follow your blog. :) for what it’s worth

  4. *smiles* Pretty crafts, both of them. And lovely to see the kidlets learning and growing. Kudos for stepping back and letting them work it out, and for sacrificing your pretty yarns to give their wagon a shove.

  5. I never would have guessed your nest was made from yarn, until I saw the close up pics. How adorable. My granddaughter will love doing this little project. Plus we found some abandoned small blue robin eggs in the backyard. Perfect. Thanks for the tutorial

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