Create your own bird nest helper to aid your neighborhood birds in their nest building!
We're going to share two different ways to create these, depending on what you have around the house.
Recycled Container + Wire Mesh Helper
Grab a smallish container from your recycling bin. We used a container that once held mushrooms. We had chicken wire, so we used that for the front of our bird nest helper. We duct taped the wire to the side of the container, both to hold it on and to cover the sharp edges. Then, start filling!
You can fill with and small pieces of string, yarn, ribbon, or fabric. You can also use shredded paper or other fillers. Make sure to cut the pieces so they aren't more than a few inches long. If the pieces are too long, it will be hard for the birds to remove and potentially dangerous to them.
Hand or mount your bird nest helper in your back or front yard, preferably in a place you can observe!
Wire Ball Helper
Use medium gauge wire to create a base and sides. Begin by making a square for the bottom and criss-crossing the wire across to make it sturdy enough to hold your materials. Loop the wire from each side to a single spot on top, creating a wire ball in the process. Then fill with small pieces (no more than a few inches in length) or yarn, ribbon, and fabric. Paper is also okay, but know they will not withstand inclement weather. Hang from a tree and see what birds come to visit!