You’ve heard of guerrilla gardening, but now a company from the Czech Republic is encouraging global urbanites to 3D print birds nests and install them in random places. Printed Nest spent two years perfecting designs of small oval nests to give city birds a safe space to rest. Then they made their open-source design available to anyone who has access to a 3D printer. Judging by the video, these birds love their colorful new homes.


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Printed Nest has included detailed instructions for printing their colorful nests, which can be printed in any number of colors, over on Thingiverse. Those who don’t have access to a 3D printer can order a nest of their choosing from the company, although Treehugger reports they are currently sold out.

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The biodegradable plastic nests are designed to support the weight of small birds, but not pigeons (poor pigeons). The company recommends using a double-sided dual lock tape to eliminate movement when exterior temperatures fluctuate throughout the year. Tested over six months, this adhesive proved viable, although Printed Nest recommends wrapping a wire around the antlers for added security.

The company asks that you log your nest’s location on a map that illustrates a growing network of urban nests. To date they have been installed across 69 cities in 22 countries.

+ Printed Nest Instructions

Via Treehugger

Images via Printed Nest