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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. 


  1. Lovely, Judith. You are a busy lady. Your friends are going to be delighted with these sweet gifts.

  2. Oh, Judith, these are just beautiful. You make it sound so easy. I need to branch out and try new things.

  3. Judith!
    I LOVE these!
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. You, my dear, are a genius! These look like would have cost the earth. What a superb gift!

  5. I love these! We always have a "homemade" Christmas exchange at one of our family Christmases. Maybe I need to try these. I've been wanting to try making soap too.

  6. I am inspired to make a gift similar to this Judith, love anything to do with birds and nests. I may look for a Canadian distributor for little soap eggs though, sometimes ordering from the US can cost more than what the product is worth.
    Thanks for sharing.

  7. Thank you so much for the lovely comment you left on my old sideboard post! You have such a wonderful blog here. And this is a beautiful project. I like how you give detailed instructions. There are a few ideas here I would love to try. So glad you stopped by!

  8. Thank you so much for the lovely comment you left on my old sideboard post! You have such a wonderful blog here. And this is a beautiful project. I like how you give detailed instructions. There are a few ideas here I would love to try. So glad you stopped by!

  9. So lovely !!!...have a nice evening Ria...x !

  10. Peat pots are so fun to decorate and such a lovely french graphic! What lovely gifts they'll make!

  11. Gorgeous! You rocked this and your friends are going to love these gifts. Wish they were headed my way :-)

  12. What a delightful idea - lucky friends!

  13. These are just adorable! Your friends will love them! I would love to make one for my new blue bathroom! Sweet hugs!

  14. this is such an amazing gift. I love the idea of using those pots for the soap. Very creative and well done

  15. These are beautiful! Love this idea and you did a great job. :)

  16. Oh, these are wonderful! I love them, Judith! You are just one talented lady! I adore hand made gifts -- both for giving and receiving. They are just so much more personal since your precious time is involved. Can you move next door to me? We could get into such mischief together!

    1. Wouldn't we have a great time crafting away on rainy days, snowy days, sunny days, ... all days!


  17. Unique and makes for a beautiful gift for someone. You did such a fine job , thank you for sharing.

  18. Beautiful! I love the image you used and the pretty gift the whole presentation makes. I'm sure your friends will love them!

  19. Oh my goodness! Love this idea. Would make great gifts for neighbors at Christmas too! You have lucky friends. They are going to love this! Thanks for sharing!

  20. What a perfectly wonderful and pretty gift. Love it. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  21. This is so lovely-what great gifts! I will check out their site. Jennifer


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