DIY: Bird’s Nest Necklace

When Young House Love announced the Pinterest Challenge “winter edition” was goin’ on, I definitely wanted to participate! Basically, the challenge is all about taking the inspiration you’ve found via Pinterest and actually doing something about it! 

I pinned this project … oh … approximately 12 months ago. {here’s the original pin & the site it hails from}

Yep – it took me a long time to make this. But, I’m so glad I finally did:

bird's nest necklace

This is a pretty simple project – the most time-consuming part for me was actually going out and buying the supplies. And speaking of supplies…here’s what you’ll need:

supplies bird's nest nacklace

Let me break it down for ya…

24 gauge wire

any color your heart fancies:

beads

probably not completely necessary, but they’ll make life easier on you:

needle nose pliers

and you’ll also need a necklace. You can either buy one or use a chain you already have.

Before you begin, decide how many eggs you want in your nest…or beads in your necklace. I made this for my sister {who has 4 adorable kiddos}, so I decided to give her 4 beads to symbolize her precious children.

Start by stringing the beads onto the wire:

string beads

 

then begin wrapping the wire around the beads to get a nest-like look:

curve wire

I continued wrapping around the beads until I liked the look of things. Then I began wrapping wire around the existing nest to keep everything together. Here’s what the back of my nest looks like:

necklace back

Once your happy with how the nest looks, you need to come up with a way to attach it to your chain. I made a little hook:

closure

attached it to my necklace, and then wrapped the wire around the hook to make things nice and secure:

wrapped wire closure

And that’s it! The fun thing about these necklaces is you can personalize them for the recipient and give them as many beads as she has children.

Or you can just make it as a pretty little bird’s nest charm. I could see things looking a bit odd if you tried to cram 9 eggs onto a bird’s nest for someone with 9 kids. But hey, it’s the thought that counts, right?

Speaking of the thought that counts, I thought it would be a great idea to take a pic of these necklaces while someone was wearing them. Seeing as I was the only person available at the time, I tried some self portraits. Some of them turned out okay:

bird's nest necklace2

And here’s a smattering that didn’t:

attempted self portrait

Pretty great, huh?

So, go make a necklace for yourself or a friend! If you don’t want to make one, but still want to wear one, I have a few in my shop just for you.

Happy DIY-ing!

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20 comments

  1. Melody♪♫ says:

    aha! I’ve had a nest necklace “pinned” for over a year, too… I’ve got all the supplies I need to make it, but that project just gets bumped to the back of the line.
    Great pictures, BTW!

  2. That is so pretty! I love the blue and silver. I actually received a nest necklace from my husband (from an Etsy seller) after our daughter was born. There are three eggs inside. Is this a look into my future? 🙂

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