Gold Bird’s Nest DIY Christmas Ornament

This gold bird’s nest DIY Christmas ornament is a beautiful combination of nature and glam. Like the DIY pine cone ornaments I made last year, these are really easy to make and add lots of the sparkle I like so much in my Christmas tree decor.

DIY gold bird's nest Christmas ornament

One of my favorite types of Christmas decorations are nature-inspired ornaments that have been embellished with a bit of glam (in other words glitter).

So when I saw these glitter bird’s nest ornaments* at Pottery Barn a couple of weekends ago, I was sold! Until I realized how much money I’d have to spend to get as many of them as I wanted.

As usual when I don’t have the budget for what I want, I decided to make something similar instead.

And these gold bird’s nest DIY Christmas ornaments turned out to be really easy to do. Which is even better!

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  • container or jar – to hold the glitter mixture
  • spray tent (or cardboard box) – to prevent the spray paint and spray adhesive from getting everywhere
  • pins or small skewers – to hold the eggs while spraying. I used upholstery T-pins*.
  • floral foam, styrofoam or a cardboard box – to hold the eggs while the paint is drying
  • glue gun

How to make the bird’s nest DIY Christmas ornament

1 | Mix The Glitter

The first step of our DIY Christmas ornament project is to make our glitter mix.

For this you’ll need a container or jar with a lid to hold the glitter.

Fine glitter being poured into a mason jar

Then pour in some of the fine gold glitter*. I used about 1/4 of the bottle to do 6 nests.

Large glitter added to mason jar

Next add in some of the stubby gold glitter.* I put in about 1/3 as much of this glitter as I did for the fine glitter.

Put the lid on the container and shake it.

2 | Glitter The Bird’s Nest

Spray adhesive with twig nest

The next step is to use some spray adhesive and the custom glitter combination we just made to coat the bird’s nest.

A cardboard box makes a good spray tent to make sure that the adhesive and glitter doesn’t end up everywhere.

Twig nest sprayed with adhesive

Lay the bird’s nest down inside the box and spray the top side with adhesive.

Glitter sprinkled on twig nest

Then sprinkle with your glitter mixture until all of the twigs are covered.

Turn the bird’s nest over and repeat for the other side.

3 | Spray Paint The Eggs

Mini faux egg with gold spray paint bottle

Now we’re going to spray paint the mini eggs gold.

I re-used the cardboard box to contain the over spray. Just put down a piece of paper over the adhesive and glitter that’s in the box to prevent it from getting all over your eggs.

Mini egg with a pin

Insert a long pin (an upholstery T-pin in my case) into the side of the egg so you can hold it while you’re painting.

Mini egg being painted gold

Holding the egg down inside the box, spray paint the egg on all sides. If you’re worried about getting paint on your hands, you might want to wear gloves for this step.

Gold-painted mini egg in floral foam

To let the paint dry, push the free end of the pin into the floral foam (styrofoam or cardboard box, depending on what you have).

Paint 2 more eggs using the same process.

Wait for a few minutes for the paint to dry. This shouldn’t take more than 5 or 10 minutes.

4 | Put The DIY Christmas Ornament Together

Mini egg being glued to twig nest

Use the glue gun to put a small dab of glue on one side of the first egg.

Twig nest with one egg and others ready to be glued

Then place the egg inside your nest.

Twig nest with gold glitter and two mini eggs

Do the same with the other two eggs.

Glitter gold bird nest ornament with three mini eggs

When you have all three eggs glued into the nest, turn the nest over.

Put glue along the front end of an alligator clip.

Alligator clip on the bottom of the bird nest ornament

Glue the clip to the bottom of the nest, making sure that the end is sticking out far enough to get your fingers around it. Otherwise, it will be very difficult to open the clip.

Now you’re ready to put it up on the tree!

Gold bird nest ornament in a Christmas tree

More DIY Christmas ornaments you might like

But before you go…

This post was part of the 5th annual 12 Days of Holiday Ideas event, hosted by Shirley of Intelligent Domestications  and  Erlene of My Pinterventures. This is where a bunch of my blogging friends share their Christmas projects.

Go here to see our kick-off collection of Holiday ideas as well as all of this years topics and participating bloggers.

Now, be sure to check out all of the other DIY Christmas ornaments HERE.

Have a comment or question about our gold bird’s nest DIY Christmas ornament? Tell us in the comments below.

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Glam gold and glitter DIY bird nest Christmas ornament

This post was originally published on November 25, 2019 but was updated with new content on November 17, 2021.

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  1. Your sparkly birds nest is stunning! I love the mixed glitter and how easy they are to create!

    1. Wanda Simone says:

      Thanks, Jessa! I have a bit of a thing for glitter 🙂

    1. Wanda Simone says:

      Thank you, Maria!

  2. Gorgeous nest for your tree. I love recreating things I see in the stores. The glitter is perfect.

    1. Wanda Simone says:

      Thanks, Jenny! Me, too! Especially when it’s easy like these bird’s nests were 🙂

    1. Wanda Simone says:

      Thank you! I’m really happy with the way they turned out 🙂

  3. Cute way to add bling to a nest! I could see this used on a tree and tucked into a small teacup:)

    1. Wanda Simone says:

      Thanks, Rachelle! You’re right…they would be really pretty in a tea cup, too 🙂

  4. I always have a bird’s nest in my Christmas tree because I heard it’s good luck. Your DIY version is beautiful and would make great gifts!

    1. Wanda Simone says:

      Thanks, Marie! I didn’t know about the good luck part…I guess I’ll be really lucky this year since I will have so many of them on my tree 🙂