I have had the same, stupid bag of scrap yarn since I was a preteen. I decided it was high time to use it all or get the heck rid of it. Then I remembered my Girl Scout days. There was a bird nesting helper project in one of my handbooks back in the day, and this seemed just about the best way I could think of to put my scraps to use. Bonus: this DIY is cra-zay easy! :)
a bunch of scraps of yarn
suet cage or recycled fruit baskets
When you make a bird nest helper, you’re basically trying to help connect your local avian friends with some extra nest-building materials. Materials like brightly colored yarn made from everything from alpaca fiber to acrylic to wool, in particular.
To start, go through your scraps and make sure they’re cut in to bird-sized pieces. I had a few micro-balls of yarn ends that were a few or a dozen yards long that needed trimming to pieces around 6 inches.
Pile up all of your scraps in approximately the size that will fit in your cage. Then, if you’re working with fruit cages like me, you can pull out several pieces of yarn to tie your cages together. If you’re using a suet cage, it will clamp shut on its own. Easy peasy!
Finally, tie a string to the top of your cage and find a good tree to hang it on.
When I hung up my nest helper, I fantasized something like this appearing immediately in one of my local trees. We’ll see how long it takes for my yarn to populate my neighborhood’s nests. ;)
image via phranksphotos365
This is a great activity for kids, by the way! It’s quick and easy and gets them out and in touch with nature.