Bird Nest Clipart: 19th and Early 20th Century

Did I mention I’m drowning in vintage illustrations?

I’ve been stocking up on antique die-cuts and struck gold with these illustrations ideal for bird nest clipart. Plus, I found egg illustrations for specific species, like the Bulfinch eggs pictured above.

Getting ready for the scanner!


There are a lot of projects you can use these for. Animal flashcards, Easter basket add-ons, dioramas, Valentines, and art assignments are just a few ideas that come to mind.

And before I forget…

*In website housekeeping news: stay on the look out for a new miscellaneous gallery section, master gallery, and revamped holiday galleries in the coming weeks. 

Okay – back to birdies! Here’s a look at four more vintage illustrations of birds, nests, and eggs. And some more freebies I picked up along the way.

Free Tutorials: How to Make a Bird’s Nest

Want to make your own nests similar to the bird nest clipart above? Check out the following tutorials to make your own nests for school, decor, and other creative projects:

How to Draw a Bird’s Nest

Need to draw a bird’s nest for an assignment or video game? There are several types of nests to choose from. Styles include spheres, cups, platforms, mounds, burrows, scrapes, and cavity-nesting. You can learn more in this in-depth Spruce guide.

Here’s a YouTube video tutorial on how to draw a simple bird’s nest:

7 School Projects You Can Do with Bird Nest Clipart

Vintage animal illustrations are ideal for school and art classes. Here are 7 creative projects you do with antique bird illustrations:

  1. Avian (bird) science diorama
  2. Bird species flashcards
  3. Storyboarding
  4. Stop-motion animation
  5. Book report cover
  6. Bird posters for the classroom
  7. word-image association

Is your project ready to take flight? Don’t forget to check the FAQ page and terms page to get the scoop on image usage. If you like what I’m doing and want to see more vintage illustrations, give this site a like on Facebook and share on social media.

Stay tuned for more 🙂


Mushroom Illustrations from the 19th-20th Century

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!

I’ve been trying to curate a post with vintage mushroom illustrations for a while now and finally got around to it this weekend. I found some awesome scientific illustrations from the 19th century book, ‘Champignons et truffes (mushrooms and truffles)’ and ‘Minnesota Mushrooms‘, published in 1910.

I love including mushroom images in my artsy projects, but they’re also fascinating to learn about. Keep reading to discover more free illustrations and other cool mushroom-related stuff.

What Can We Learn from Vintage Mushroom Images?



Lots of stuff!

For starters, you get a peak into how science was being studied and visualized in the 19th and 20th century. But scientific illustration didn’t end there.

Even with advancements in photography, the art of scientific illustration is still very much alive.

Believe it or not, there are limits to what photography can do for research, but scientific illustration can fill in the gaps by illustrating processes, extinct specimens, anatomy, and highlighting more specific subjects.

Vintage mushroom illustrations are also fantastic resources for learning how to draw. In doing so, you sharpen your observation skills and eye for detail.

More Free Mushroom-Related Resources

Need some creative inspiration for your next mushroom-related project? Check out the following links and tutorials to inspire your mushroom craft, book cover, video game art, classroom projects, and more:

What Can You Create with Mushroom Illustrations?



I have friends that are really into sustainable mushroom design, so these illustrations would make an excellent card or print-on-demand mug for gifts.

Here are a few other ideas to consider:

  • Mushroom shrinky-dink jewelry
  • Geeky scientific gift wrap
  • Print-on-demand wall art
  • Note cards and stationery
  • Unique Christmas tree ornaments
  • Vintage scientific illustration scrapbook

Stay tuned for more vintage illustrations! As always, you can check the archives section for past posts and sourcing information.

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