Looking for a fun way to spruce up your decor? Follow these easy steps to make your own DIY nest with jute to decorate for spring.

Here’s how to make a cool, eye-catching and fun decorative DIY nest from strips of jute twine and glue. That’s all you really need to make this nest in minutes.

DIY nest with jute twine

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:


How to make your own DIY nest

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.


I literally can’t even.

Supplies for the DIY nest

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.

DIY Nest With Jute Rope or Twine


jute twine 




plastic gloves


Drape the twine over the bowl

1. Cut pieces of jute twine

Then cut the jute twine into smaller pieces ranging from four inches to six inches.

If the end starts unraveling—don’t worry. If they aren’t the perfect length—don’t worry.

The goal is to have assorted lengths (and we’ll be trimming them later so the length really isn’t that important).

2. Mix up the glue mixture

Create a mixture of 3 parts glue to 1 part water.

You want the texture to be similar to runny glue.

Mix up thoroughly with a spoon until it’s an even consistency.

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

Soak the twine in the glue mixture for about five minutes.  Make sure they are extra goopy.

3. Get the bowl ready to make the DIY nest

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

Wrap the piece of plastic wrap under the bowl.

The size of your bowl will determine the size of your nest, so choose accordingly.

4. Place the twine on the bowl

After soaking, lay the glue-soaked twine pieces in a random pattern over the bowl. I used plastic gloves for this to save my fingers from all the glue.

Crisscross the pieces to resemble a nest.

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

Keep going until you have completely covered the bowl.

The nest after the glue has dried

5. Let dry

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.

Detail of nest with egg in it

6. Trim edges

You’ll have an uneven top to the nest after it dries in place.

Trim the edges until it’s relatively even.

You can also shape the nest slightly after it’s dry.

Jute nest with eggs

Here are a couple of project notes for this DIY nest with jute rope

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.

It’s seriously such an easy project for spring and perfect to fill with different types of eggs.

Make your own DIY twine nest with jute rope in minutes.

It will take your mind off all those missing monopoly pieces. 🙂

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  1. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    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

  2. Image for Andrea Andrea

    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.:(

  3. Image for Sherry Sherry

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

  4. Image for Diania Diania

    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?! :)

  5. Image for sandi sandi

    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.

    1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      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

  6. Image for Carrie Carrie

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

  7. Image for Nancy @ Slightly Coastal Nancy @ Slightly Coastal

    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

  8. Image for Peg Peg

    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 : )

  9. Image for Maureen Maureen

    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!

  10. Image for Hedy Hedy

    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.

  11. Image for Nancy Nancy

    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.

  12. Image for Sharon H Sharon H

    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.

  13. Image for Michelle Michelle

    *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.

  14. Image for Pam K Pam K

    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!

  15. Image for Debbie Debbie

    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.

  16. Image for Jeanette Davis Jeanette Davis

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

  17. Image for Rowena Philbeck 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!!

  18. Image for Mary W Ferguson Mary W Ferguson

    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

  19. Image for Lisa Marutz Lisa Marutz

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

  20. Image for Kimberly Kimberly

    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!

  21. Image for Angie M Angie M

    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.

  22. Image for Margaret Margaret

    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!

  23. Image for Sheila F Sheila F

    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". ?❤️❤️❤️

  24. Image for Shelley Shelley

    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!

  25. Image for April J Harris April J Harris

    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!

  26. Image for Shirley Wood Shirley Wood

    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.

  27. Image for Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

    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!!! https://lifewithlorelai.com/2017/04/06/home-matters-linky-party-130 ~Lorelai Life With Lorelai / Home Matters Linky Party

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