A friend of mine was wearing a wee bird’s nest around her neck when I saw her last week. I squee-ed and then I went home and started looking up tutorials for these. Seems I really missed the boat. These have been gracing the interwebs for ages. So, I’m late on the bandwagon, but *needed* one. And, as it turns out, it’s an easy craft for kids too! Abby immediately started making hers when she saw me start mine. Honestly, I think I like hers better!
I looked at a lot of images of nests out there (see here and here) and then looked at a few tutorials (see here and here). In the end, Abby and I just winged (ha!) it with what we had on hand. The wire is 20-ish gauge sterling I had in my jewelry supplies from 10 years ago. My beads (the cream ones) had fallen off a bracelet and Abby’s (the turquoise) are from a Melissa and Doug jewelry set she got a year ago (somewhat like this one). It is easier to secure the wire by using some needle nose pliers, but any pliers would work in a pinch.
In the simplest terms:
What you need:
- 3-4 feet of 20-ish gauge wire (or lots more feet of a smaller wire. . . you can experiment on this)
- 3 beads that you like and look egg-ish
- wire cutters
- a string to make the necklace out of
What to watch out for:
- Long ends of the wire can be unwieldy and sharp. So keep a good eye on the kiddo (and yourself, Abby kept inadvertently poking me with her wire as she wrapped!)
- When cutting off wire ends, they can fly pretty far. Maybe do that part away from the littles and um, look away when you clip. I had a piece of the wire fly right at my eye. Eeeks!
What you do:
- String 3 beads onto some wire. (the larger the gauge, the skinnier the wire and the more yardage you’ll need. Experiment here.)
- Wrap the wire around the outside of the 3 beads a bunch of times.
- Stop and secure the bundle of wires by putting your wire down between the 3 beads and wrap around the “wreath” a few times.
- Wrap around the outside of the beads some more, then secure again.
- Repeat until you like how it looks.
- Secure your ends by twisting them into a circle you can string your necklace through. (Here’s a much more extensive and fancy way to make a bail with wire. You’ll get the gist if you check this out.)
- Trim off any sharp ends with wire cutters.
- String onto a necklace.
- Wear with pride.
Abby’s looks amazing because she wasn’t as *precise* as I was trying to be. Her imprecision and carefree wrapping makes hers look a bit more natural. I LOVE it.
She was able to do 85% of this project by herself. I had to hold onto the nest while she secured her wraps and I made the bail for her.
We’ve been wearing our nests around and looking for signs of spring outside. (Um, the snow around here is making THAT task hard!).
A fun, simple crafty project to while away these snowbound days.