Spring Wreath Makeover

Last year I put together a simple spring wreath by adding some craft store flowers to a grapevine wreath I had lying around.

It was cute, but nothing special. It could have used something a little extra.

Mother Nature must have agreed because one morning we woke up to discover that a bird had built a nest in the wreath.

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Honestly, it was a little thrilling. And beautiful. I had never seen a nest so up close and it truly was a work of art. I even liked the mud the mother bird left on the glass door. I was – and am – amazed at the construction of it.

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A few days later I came downstairs to find a note that my son had left before going to school.

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Nothing I’ve ever seen described as robin’s egg blue comes close to being as beautiful as this egg was.

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Soon there were two eggs.

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And then three.

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The mother bird was never far away.

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She was often sitting on the nest and I was able to get this picture of her there.

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But usually she flew off to the nearby tree…

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…or to the lawn whenever anyone walked by the door.

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Eventually the eggs hatched. Sadly, one of the three baby birds fell out of the nest and died. But the other two grew and grew. And grew some more.

Now I understand the term kicking them out of the nest. I thought we were going to have to do that.

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But they did eventually fly away. And the nest went back to being just the perfect decoration for my wreath.

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The nest isn’t just perched there, by the way. The mother bird made it part of the wreath. It would be hard to remove it, not that I would ever want to.

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This year I added a wooden ‘M’ that I bought from Etsy and painted with some leftover woodwork paint.

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So that’s my spring wreath makeover. Courtesy of Etsy and a mother bird.

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Comments

  1. Oh that is so cute how she chose your wreath for a nest. The eggs are beautiful aren’t they! That must have been fun to see the nest and the baby birds growing. I like the update with the letter and the fact that you left the nest. Soon spring will really be here!

  2. Love this post! A bird made a nest in one of my Boston Ferns on our back deck. It was late in the spring, and it got hot so quick, too hot for the ferns. So I had one dead fern left on my deck for weeks until the babies left the nest!

  3. Loved watching nature coming to life last spring with this story; the color of the eggs is fascinating.
    Also love what you have done with the wreath this year; the very intricate nest is still so beautiful !

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