20 minute crafter-wire bird nest pendants!

I thought I would whip up a little tutorial for these sweet little nests...because they are much easier than you think and Mother's Day is just around the corner.  Make one for your ma, grandma and all your girlfriends.  :) 
You can use any and all color of beads and wire.  
Here is what you need:
20-22 gauge wire-both produce a little different look
small beads that will fit on your wire
wire pliers (that is not what they are called is it?  but that is what comes to mind so I am going with it)
a round object that is roughly the size you will want of the INSIDE of your nest...a spoon handle, marker or something like that.  
Leaving a 2-3in tail start to wrap your round object with wire...
Wrap around lots of times...15 or so depending on the gauge of your wire...or whatever suits your fancy...
 ...slide the wire off when you are done wrapping...
 ...use your little tail to wrap around the nest once to hold everything together...cut the other tail (still attached to the wire supply) down to 6-8in...
...add your beads...
 ...curl the ends in with your pliers to hold them on there...
...curl that wire around the cozy them down in the nest...
...start to wrap your nest...around and around...
...in and through...
...when your long tail is down to 3-4in it's time to make loop for hanging...
...straighten it UP...
...fold it down...
...twist...
...and then continue to wrap around the nest if need be...then tuck the end into the nest.  Be sure to hide the end of the wire well so it won't snag clothes or skin!
...and you are done.  Go make some for every lady you know!!
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18 comments:

April@ Natural Nester said...

I saw the colored bead one on facebook and fell in love! I know you said it'd be good for foster Moms, but I also thought it would be good for teacher. We have so many "little birds" that come into our nest when we teach and minister to children that this would be perfect!

Nichola said...

So very, very cute. Will have to give these a try :) Thanks for sharing.

Alicia said...

I can't think of a Gram that wouldn't want this hanging around her neck or made into a brooch! Love!

Drew and Kristi said...

Love these! Can't wait to make one! Not sure I could make one for my mom though- seven beads would be tricky! I will definitely be wearing one soon however! Thanks for sharing!!

Angie Mae said...

Crystal, you are awesome! Thank you for this great tutorial, I can't wait to try it!

Kimberly said...

This is adorable! Can't wait to try it. Thanks for the tutorial!

xo-Kimberly

Amber said...

Thanks SO much for sharing! I loved your nests and I am so pleased I can make myself one now! :) Maybe some friends will get one too. You are the best!!

Stephanie said...

Wow this is so much easier than it looks! I'm going to make one for my mom, with five eggs to symbolize my brother and I, and her three grandkids. Thanks for sharing!

Rulissa @ Mustard Seeds in Oklahoma said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial! It is even easier than I thought!! Now I have plenty of time for all the Mom's Day gifts!!! Woo-hoo!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for a great step by step tutorial!! I have been wanting to try my hand making one but I hadn't figured it out enough. now it's all laid out for me.
Thanks!
Susan : )
susansbarn@yahoo.com

{northern cottage} said...

awesome tutorial - i've been wanting to make some of these and your tutorial and pushed me over the edge (in a good way) be on the look out for a copy cat soon! xo

www.NorthernCottage.net

Al@PolkaDotsandPaisley said...

So cute! I've made a bunch of these (they're on my blog) and I'm actually wearing one right now.

Suzanne @ Life Made Joyful said...

Awesome tutorial! I have a feeling my mom will be getting one of these for Mother's Day. And I am totally stealing another commentor's idea of a teacher's gift - how cute would that be!! Thanks for sharing Crystal!

Joy Morris said...

Love, love, love this! Thanks for the tutorial!

Smilie girl said...

Wow!

mccall said...

Where did you buy your beads? I can't find round, colorful ones at Michaels or Joann. mccallnewland@gmail.com

mccall said...

Where did you buy your beads? I can't find round, colorful ones at Michaels or Joann. mccallnewland@gmail.com

Susan said...

So sweet - think I'll make one with "birthstone" beads for each child or grandchild . . . Thanks for a great - and easy - tutorial!

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