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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

French Soap Bird's Nest

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Blue-colored bird eggs made from 
French-milled soap 
are the perfect small gift for friends. 

Especially when presented in 
excelsior birds' nests 
nestled in peat pots made in France... 

Details about how I made these are below, 
you have to keep these as a secret from my friends.
They don't know they are getting them. 

Since I began blogging and pinning, 
I've seen beautiful small containers made from 
garden peat pots. 

Begin with 100% natural fiber pots. 

Paint with Valspar sample paint, color Honeymilk. 
Yes, this is definitely my paint...tagged with my fingerprints. 

Not until I began painting these pots did I see 
the word France imprinted into the bottom of the pot. 

For me, this adds another special touch. 

Two of my friends who will receive these are 
retired high school French teachers.  

The label image came from an Etsy shop,
The Graphics Fairy has many images 
that will also be perfect. 
A link to The Graphics Fairy is on my sidebar. 

Type 'french-milled soap' 
or another phrase of your choice on 
each label. 

The pots are small and you should be able 
to print eight labels on one 8.5"x11" letter-size page. 

Use deckle-edge scissors to cut out the labels. 
Glue a label on the front and the back 
using Mod Podge. 

Create a small bird's nest from excelsior which 
comes in more than one color.  
I really like how the brown color coordinates with the 
little brown and blue bird on the label. 

Fill each nest with six small 
French-milled blue egg soaps. 

Place the pot into a clear plastic sack and tie with a 
seam-binding ribbon. 

Ready to fly away to a new home with my friend! 
The French-milled soap eggs can be found at 
where I found my inspiration and soaps. 
The soaps can be bought in different quantities in 
several different colors. 
There is also a little bird's nest peat pot 
with egg soaps ready-made for sale 
if you don't want to make your own. 

No compensation from any source 
for this post. I just provided links to 
small businesses that are giving us 
good products at good prices.