I can usually get one large or x-large nest made in a day or several of the small or medium nest. I just use scrap yarn, 3 strands, because the animals do not care what colors their nest are. But most of the nest actually turn out to be pretty colors that work well together. The animals are just happy to have a soft, warm, and clean place to sleep. By using 3 strands to crochet with, they really hold their shape well. The bottom of the nest range in size from 4 inches to 10 inches. And they use the larger nest for squirrels and opossums, whereas birds are in the smaller nest.
I think these nest would even make wonderful candy dishes on a coffee table or desk. If it got knocked over, it would not break and it is also washable. I plan on making them for Christmas gifts next year to match the recipients decor, actually this year... 2009. I can see storing all sorts of items in them. Loose beads, paper clips, rubber bands, jewelry, candy, and so much more.
This is a large nest. I absolutely love the colors of this nest.
almost kept it for myself, but I didn't. I gave it to the sweet animals.