DIY Jute Twine Nest

DIY Jute Twine Nest

 

I want to talk today about how I made this nest.

Really, I do.

I want to tell you how it costs under a dollar to make and that it only takes about an hour to create (not including drying time) and that when you’re finished it looks like it showed up from the fancy store.

But I can’t concentrate.

I can’t think.

It’s not my fault, it’s just that I have one burning question on my mind that I’ve been mulling over and over and over again in search of an answer:

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MONOPOLY THIMBLE?

The thimble is gone.

Along with its friends the wheelbarrow and the boot.

In tragic news, they won’t be skipping along Ventnor Avenue on their way to Water Works and Park Place.

They won’t pass go.

They won’t collect $200.

Instead?  A t-rex, a rubber ducky and a penguin will be buying hotels and houses and visiting the Electric Company and trying to ride the Reading Railroad.

Seriously?

I literally can’t even.

Let’s not think about the Monopoly pieces that are no longer with us.

Let’s observe a moment of silence and distract ourselves with a DIY instead.

Like this easy, simple, super cheap jute twine bowl.

To make it, all you need are two supplies:  jute twine and a mixture of three parts craft glue to one part water.

Mix up the glue and water.

When in doubt err on the side of too much glue.

Flip over a bowl and cover with a sheet of plastic wrap.

Then cut the jute twine into smaller pieces ranging from four inches to six inches.  Soak the twine in the glue mixture for about five minutes.  Make sure they are extra goopy.

After soaking, lay the glue-soaked twine pieces in a random pattern over the bowl.

Press the pieces to the sides of the bowl covered in plastic to create the depth of the nest.

Let the twine dry overnight.

When the twine is dry, remove the twine from the bowl and slowly peel away the plastic.

Flip the glued jute twine upright and your bowl should look like this.

And this.

Here are a couple of project notes.

1. The more glue you use, the harder the bowl will be and the longer it will take to dry.

2. Jute twine is so much cheaper at the hardware store.  I think I paid about $1.67 for mine.

3. You can trim the edges of your nest to even it out once it’s completely dry.

4. I found these cute wooden eggs at Hobby Lobby in the wood section.  I think they’re the perfect friend for the nest.

PS  If you live in Nashville you might have seen me yesterday on Talk of the Town on Channel Five sharing this project.

It was fun.  My hair looked super cute.  I wore my red lipstick and I didn’t bring up the monopoly pieces once. 🙂

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Comments

  1. This is adorable – can’t wait to try with Will, and Monopoly…sad. I was always the wheelbarrow! Happy Wednesday, my friend!

  2. Gasp! No! The thimble, boot and wheelbarrow are gone? Guess kids today don’t know what a thimble is so they to replace it. Can I be the rubber duckie?
    Cute twine bowl. Good tip on where to buy it too! Thanks.
    Happy Wednesday, friend!
    Hugs,
    Cecilia

  3. Very cute and I already have all the supplies at home, can’t wait to try it!
    Also I always fought with my sister on who got to be the thimble in Monopoly, those days are gone.:(

  4. Thx Karianne- this will be my weekend project w/granddaughter -am going to weave some wrinkled seam binding thru for color

  5. Thanks for the smile and the giggle this morning! Indeed! How dare they replace the thimble, shoe and wheel barrow…where are even going as a society?! 🙂

  6. I sort of hate to bring this up but did you tell what to do w/the glue & the pieces—does one soak them in the glue/water or ??? It is a delightfully adorable idea & you are obviously still missing those pieces (even if you did not mention them)! 🙂

    PS: I am your biggest fan ever! no.kidding.

    • Sandi,

      LOL! I am so lame! I should have explained it better! I just went and updated the post to make it make more sense. 🙂

      This is what it says now.

      Mix up the glue and water.

      When in doubt err on the side of too much glue.

      Flip over a bowl and cover with a sheet of plastic wrap.

      Then cut the jute twine into smaller pieces ranging from four inches to six inches. Soak the twine in the glue mixture for about five minutes. Make sure they are extra goopy.

      After soaking, lay the glue-soaked twine pieces in a random pattern over the bowl.

      Press the pieces to the sides of the bowl covered in plastic to create the depth of the nest.

      Happy day friend!
      karianne

  7. Just went and watched your segment~ you and your ideas are just too cute! Keep on creating and shining, you are a Rock Star!

  8. This is an outrage! I would be so upset…except I don’t have the patience or discipline to play Monopoly. I feel sorry for people running out of money and I let them not pay. I know. Call me a softy.
    In other news, this is an absolutely amazing nest. Especially if you missed the boat on the nests in the store. Great project! This one probably didn’t make your hands a gluey mess like my project did. You’ll have to check out my moss debacle.

    Have a great day!

    Nancy

  9. Love this project…too cute!! As a side note, when
    I was a little girl, I thought a wheelbarrow was a
    wheelbarrel. It made perfect sense to me!! xxo : )

  10. Teresa Gonzales :

    No! Not Monopoly too-seems like change is the only constant in life. Thanks for the DIY! Love it!

  11. You just gave me the greatest idea. We are selling our house this spring and I think I will put something along this line with the word NEST by it. Our fireplace is very fieldstone-ish so the basket will be perfect! You are such a hoot! I sure hope you find your monopoly pieces!

  12. You are so cute ! Love reading your blog. Passing this along to a good friend who is a high school art teacher, she might like using it her classroom.

  13. What is this world coming to? Changing the Monopoly pieces to such weird objects. I don’t think I could play with those. Fortunately, since I’m old we still have a vintage set (1950’s) in the family.😏I love this idea for a bowl/nest. I think I can actually do this one.

  14. Miz Marianne, say it isn’t so! Was this your Monopoly set with the missing pieces, or have the NEW Monopoly sets been sabotaged? Not a pretty sight…..sigh.
    Cute nest….thank you. Great day to you little one.

  15. *sigh* I know, I lose sleep over missing pieces too. Especially now that I live alone. I’m the only one who could have lost anything that’s missing. But the egg nest? Checked all my boxes for the perfect project! Adorable, easy, fun and inexpensive. And the perfect distraction for any missing pieces.

  16. This is sad news. I always chose the thimble….flipping it over, placing on the tip of my finger as it should be used, and pouncing across the board. Cute nest, by the way!

  17. Tina Matteson :

    Hi KariAnne, just watched your segment and it was so much fun to see you ‘live’! And I love your hair!

  18. Thanks for always brightening my day. Love the nest. So very sorry for the tragic loss of the game pieces. Have a wonderful day anyway, friend.

  19. Jeanette Davis :

    Seriously? T-rex??? Some day our old Monopoly games are going to be worth a fortune. We should probably buy insurance riders.

  20. Rowena Philbeck :

    So cute. I guess you dipped each piece in the glue. You didn’t say that part but I assume that is what you do instead of like painting the glue over the strips on the bowl. Great idea. I do have lots of jute and can make different sizes. Thanks!!

  21. I love this project! I’m going to try this one!
    I always love your newsletter, you are so creative and fun!

  22. Oh Lady…you will always be my favorite!!

  23. Send us a pix when your hair is cutte & you have your red lipstick on!

  24. Thanks so much for this great idea. It’s hard to find the bird nests and plus they are so expensive.

    They did away with alot of the favorite pieces. Now they have all sorts of different Monopoly game with themes. I got my granddaughter one that has horses with all the different things that go with having a horse. She loved it. But all of us that grew up with the original set miss it.

    Have a great week.

    Mary

  25. Cute nests! I know, RIP to old school Monopoly. I guess the vintage set I picked up last year will now be collectible.

  26. This is so simple yet so adorable. The perfect spring and Easter home decor. This piece would look great on an Easter table setting, a spring mantel, or an entryway table.

  27. Marijean Jenson :

    Such a cute project ! Thanks for sharing !

  28. Thank heavens my husband NEVER throws anything way, so we still have our 50 year Monopoly game……thimble and all 😉

  29. Adorbs! Whenever I try to make any kind of nest I gain a new respect for the birds who do it without glue or *gasp* a glue gun!

  30. If I can’t be the thimble then I don’t want to play. Love the nest.

  31. I’ve never been a fan of Monopoly and it still bothers me that they are changing it. It’s like my youth is being wiped out. Stop it already! On anther note – that is the cutest little nest! Seems really doable as well. Of course I’m pretty sure I’ll glue myself to something while making one.

  32. KariAnne,
    The Monopoly people got rid of all my childhood favorites. The game will never be the same. 🙁
    debbie

  33. I’m making this tomorrow and can’t wait. Then I’m lining it with moss and adding pansies. Again, can’t wait. Thanks for the idea!

  34. Soooo CUTE! My granddaughter and I will be making several nests. She is going to FLIP when I tell her about this little project! My guess is that she will take one, (or several), to school on her “sharing day”.
    👍❤️❤️❤️

  35. This is so timely! I am having the extended family to my farm for a day- before-Easter luncheon. I’ve been trying to think of a good way to do place cards, I think I’ll make Ten mini nests, just the right size for one egg with the names printed on them.
    Thank you so much for the inspiration!

  36. Uh UH! NOpe! No way friend! I’m not even over Pluto yet.
    I love you! the end! See you at Haven!

  37. Great tutorial and I can’t wait to try it once I have something in mind for a project it will go with. So sad about Monopoly! Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

  38. Love this – your Jute Twine Nests are wonderful. Scheduled to pin and tweet. And I do hope you find the Monopoly thimble! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Hearth and Soul. Hope to ‘see’ you again this week!

  39. If I sat this bird nest on my porch, there would be eggs in it in days with all the birds we have and how realistic it looks. Super cute, can’t wait to try it.
    I’m with you, and those missing Monopoly pieces. As if that isn’t enough, Crayola got rid of Daffodil too! What IS the world coming too. Lol Thanks for partying with us at Merry Monday.

  40. You make me laugh so often! I love your random-ness… and your DIYs!

  41. Hey, Kari Anne! Just wanted to let you know that we loved your DIY Jute Twine Nest so much when you shared it at the #HomeMattersParty last week, we’ve FEATURED it THIS WEEK! Hope you can check it out when you get a sec. Happy Friday!!!
    http://lifewithlorelai.com/2017/04/06/home-matters-linky-party-130

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai / Home Matters Linky Party

  42. Donna Marie :

    Nice craft idea!!! One I might even try!!!

  43. Love this craft! How long does it take? My craft minute budget once or twice a month is 30 minutes!

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