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Paper Bags + Scissors = Nest

Paper Bags + Scissors = Nest
Messiness: Low
Age Range: 2y - 9y
Estimated Time: <30 mins

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Lara Housser
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The egg dying & decorating season is in full swing. Regardless of whether you're doing plastic, "real," hard-boiled or blown-out, chances are you'll soon have some eggs in your house. What would be the perfect place to showcase some of those eggs? "A NEST!," my kids shouted.

I saw this cute--and SUPER easy--project to create "nests" for our eggs. You can find projects to create more sophisticated papier-mache nests, but this version was just right for our small hands and attention spans.

How We Did It

Paper Bags + Scissors = Nest

To start, cut off the top 3-4" of the bag. You can recycle the top of the bag or turn it into something else (cuffs? a house? a tunnel?).

Paper Bags + Scissors = Nest
Cut lots of slits in the top of your now-smaller (bottom part of the) bag. It works best if you cut all the way down to where the bottom folds up. (S is about half-way through her cut here.) This works out to about 2-3"deep slits.
Paper Bags + Scissors = Nest
Here's the finished version of Bag #1:
Paper Bags + Scissors = Nest
Repeat the same cutting with the other bag, and then open both bags up, like so:
Paper Bags + Scissors = Nest
Then insert one bag inside the other...
Paper Bags + Scissors = Nest
And then "scrunch" the sides down and together, all the way around the bag. Doesn't it look just like a nest?
Paper Bags + Scissors = Nest
Pop your egg in, and voila! I think a few of these lined up on our dining room table will look so festive!
Paper Bags + Scissors = Nest

P.S. If you're looking for another easy, no-mess two-ingredient project, check out our simple egg decorating technique using just colored craft tape (with plastic or papier mache eggs.)


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posted by: Boolie on 2.25.2013

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