Before my daughter was born, I spent a ridiculous amount of time scouring Pinterest for nursery room themes. So many choices, ahhhh! I knew I wanted something sweet, gender neutral, and a theme that would still be appropriate until she could decide how she wants her room decorated (even though she is never going to grow up and will be my little baby forever). I ended up deciding on a woodland creatures theme and I still love it a year later.
I knew I wanted some kind of centerpiece over the crib and entertained the idea of a mobile, but kept reading that once they could sit up you had to take it down because those little hands will grab and pull (and let me tell you oh yes she loves to grab anything within reach... and then stick it in her mouth). So what could I use that would fit in with my theme and not be a risk to any grabby hands? ... A bird branch! It turned out sweet and simple and super easy to make!
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Here are the supplies you'll need:
A long branch
Artificial birds and flowers
Hot glue gun
Now, getting a branch will probably be the hardest part of all of this. I used a walking stick that my Dad had found in the woods and used when he went hiking 30+ years ago, but lately has just been sitting in the closet. So it was extra special for me to be able to incorporate something of his into Violet's room, but I realize that readers of this blog will probably not have old walking sticks lying around. Go take a walk in your local park or forest and see if you can find a branch lying around. No, I don't recommend you start hacking away at a limb that is still attached to the tree, but maybe a little searching off the trail will net you a nice branch. Now, if you have found a piece of wood that has been outdoors, I recommend you take certain steps to make sure you don't bring any bugs into your baby's nursery (the horror!). Your first option is to bake it so that the heat will kill anything inside. Set the oven to a low temperature like 200 and bake for about 30 minutes. I would keep an eye on it and check every so often to make sure nothing is burning in there! Well, what if your branch is too big for the oven? If this is the case, your second option would be to soak it in a bleach solution to kill anything in there. Soak the wood for 24 hours in a bleach solution with a ratio of 1/2 cup bleach to 1 gallon water. Afterward, rinse the branch and soak again in clean water for 1-2 days. Change the water out periodically for fresh water, I would say every few hours if you can. Then air dry (preferably outdoors) for another day or two.
Next, let's prepare our birds and flowers. I bought these at Dollar Tree (I love that place!), but your mileage may vary when it comes to finding these birds. I went to 4 different stores before I was able to find any that I liked! They also had metal clips on the bottom which I cut off. If you can't find any birds at the dollar store in your area, they have some really cute options available on Amazon here, here, and here. For the flowers, I bought a stalk of artificial blossoms and cut individual ones off to use.
Ok, now that that's out of the way, let's get to the actual instructions! Lay your branch out flat on a table or the floor so that you are looking at it from above as it will hang on the wall. Now I know you are excited to get gluing, but I would first suggest taking the time to place out your birds and flowers in a way that you like. Make sure everything is spaced out evenly and looks aesthetically pleasing. Plug in your glue gun and glue your birds and flowers to the branch. I would put the glue on the bird or flower rather than the branch to minimize any extra glue being left visible. Let the glue dry for a few hours and ta-da, you are done! Your bird branch will look beautiful in your nursery or wherever you decide to hang it.