I love receiving custom orders, and this “Bless This Nest” sign was a recent request. I had first painted it about 3-4 years ago. An Etsy shopper was viewing the “sold” listings in my shop and noticed it. She contacted me and asked if I could make one for her. Absolutely!
Chick Bloom Chick
The pattern for this project came from an out-of-print painting pattern book from 1994 titled,” Chick Bloom Chick,” by Gaye Shoell, Emily Dinsdale, Rebecca Carter and Kathy Distefano Griffiths. The older patterns are still some of the best, in my personal opinion.
Tracing and Cutting
I photocopied the pattern onto paper, cut around it with scissors and traced it onto a scrap piece of wood. Using a scroll saw, I cut out the wood. I chose a 3/8″ thick scrap of wood to use as the nesting “box” that just so happened to be the correct size. The chicken was glued and nailed onto the back of the nesting box after it was painted.
The tricky part of this project was figuring out how much metal wire to use to create the wire handle. For this, I used two strands of wire and wrapped them around each other to give the handle a “chicken wire” look. The handle had to be a certain height to accommodate the “Bless This Nest” tag. This took some coaxing as well as some trial and error to figure out the correct measurements.
The fun part was attaching the fabric “nest liner” and raffia. The raffia was tied into bunches. I rolled it around in my hands to make it look more natural and not as stiff. Each raffia bunch was glued individually along the top of the nesting box. I believe that there were about 10 bunches used for this particular project, give or take. After the raffia was trimmed to the desired length, the project was complete. The finished sign was 13″ tall and 9″ wide. I think it looks just as cute as the first time I made it.
Custom Order Info
I do accept custom orders for projects like this. It takes approximately 3-5 business days to create a custom order. Most of that time is to allow drying between coats of paint and/or coats of sealant. It does not take long to cut the wood and paint the details. Use the CONTACT FORM on this blog or visit my ETSY SHOP to request a custom order. I’d love to create something for you!
Until next time! ~ Susan