How-to: Upcycle a Mesh Produce Bag into a Nesting Materials Buffet for Birds

nesting bag filled with upcycled materialsNow, for everyone’s favorite part: stuff your produce bag full with anything that you’d think the birds might like.

You may notice in these photos that there are a few unlikely items in our own nesting materials bags. We’re homeschoolers, and this is a science project for my girls, and this is, apparently, when they’re going to learn that birds tend to not make their nests out of large pieces of paper or plastic drinking straws.

The rubber bands, however? I think that those stand a fighting chance of being chosen.

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Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life, and my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties.


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  1. This is all great stuff. I think the mesh bags are fine to use. We use them in the UK for lots of different bird foods and never had a problem with birds getting trapped before. Plus recycling these mesh bags is a good idea (we cant recycle here).
    thank you for the ideas and inspiration!

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