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Craft Tutorial – Birds Nest Necklace

With Mother’s Day coming up here in the UK, I’ve been busy preparing. That is preparing to be disappointed. Last year I had no presents, no breakfast in bed, no acknowledgement whatsoever. And as it was my first ever Mother’s Day, you can imagine how upsetting it was.

Still, I believe my man has learned his lesson, and he assures me that this year will be different…

So while I can only assume that MY gift is sorted, I started thinking about what OTHER mothers out there may like. A while back, I saw someone selling gorgeous Bird’s Nest Necklaces (like these ones here and here). And while they are absolutely beautiful, the price tag isn’t. So I decided to try my hand and do it myself.

And the result? So easy, a child could do it! Which makes it PERFECT as a Mother’s Day craft!

So here is how you can do your very own necklace.

First, get some wire. You can buy it from the craft store or even a hardware store. I got a spindle for £1.99, and there were all different colours.

Next, grab some beads. Again, any craft store and lots of other places have beads. Different shapes, sizes, colours are all great. I actually have loads of beads in my craft drawers, so I just grabbed a few from there.

For the necklace, you can either buy a ready-to-wear chain (or steal one from another of your necklaces), or you can buy some chains, jump rings and clasps. I opted for ready-to-wear, and it cost me only £2 for each 18inch chain. If kids are doing this, you might consider letting them use string instead. Up to you.

And then, we start. Simply take the beads and string them onto end of the wire. A good idea is to put the same number of beads as number of children the mother in question may have. Or, if it’s for a pregnant lady, perhaps one large bead to symbolise the baby.

To keep from having pointy wire poking your chest, make sure you tuck the end into one of the beads.

And then? Wrap the wire around and around and around the beads to create your nest.

I’d advise every so often to loop around the wires so you can keep them together.

Once your nest looks the way you like, either add a jump ring or create a loop from the wire at the top, where you want your chain to attach. Then take the end of the wire and weave it into the nest, making sure to hide it well.

The result?

A lovely little bird nest that mama can wear around her neck.

As this was a first attempt, I’m not too worried about it being a little messy. With a little practice, I’m sure it’ll get easier and more neat.

Here’s one I did with a single heart-shaped bead.

Add a bird charm or other accoutrements to really make your necklace something special. The sky is the limit!

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Alexa (katbiggie)

Tuesday 2nd of April 2013

I LOVE this! I've been wanting to learn to make these! Thank you! I actually bought birds next necklaces for my mom and sisters last year for Mother's day. Awesome gift!

Katie Vyktoriah

Wednesday 3rd of April 2013

They are really simple to make, and when you do them right, they look SO amazing. The ones here were my first attempts, and I think the wire was slightly too thin, but later efforts were SOO pretty! :) Glad you like them. :D

Aisha

Saturday 19th of May 2012

Thanks for visiting my blog. And this is a Lovely bird nest..love to have one for me..You do have a pretty blog and the name says it all and so I have followed it..

Mixed Kreations

Wednesday 14th of March 2012

Cool bird nest! Thanks for sharing, I see these around but I haven't made one yet. I am going to have to give it a try. Thanks Linda @ Mixed Kreations Blog

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