With Christmas just around the corner, these would make a thoughtful handmade gift. Whether made into a pendant, pin, or something else, these little wired birds nests are too sweet.
I know I would love to receive one! However, now I know how to make my own and let me assure you, these cutie pies are super easy to make. Even if you have zero jewelry-making experience, I really think you could pull this off. All you need to make these are the following:
Wire (I used 22 gauge), beads, and pliers. I ended up using several feet of the wire for one nest and utilized glass pearls.
The first step is to string your “eggs” onto the wire. I always do this step first in the configuration that I like. Making a gift for a Mom or Grandma? Coordinate the number of eggs with the number of children or grandchildren that they have. I recently made one of these as a pendant for my Mom with 7 small pearls, one for each of her grandbabies. So, string the eggs on and start to wrap the wire in a circular pattern. The beauty of this project is that you really can’t mess it up! With the gauge of wire I used, I could easily manipulate it without using my pliers often. However, if you use a stiffer gauge, you may need the pliers a bit more. Keep wrapping until the nest looks full. I also try to keep mine flat on the bottom so that it sits nicely. Once I get to the point where it looks full, I also loop the wire around so that it holds all of those layers of wire together. Making little loops, whorls, and curlicues just adds to the charm.
As you can see, you don’t have to limit yourself to white or cream-colored pearls. I’ve also seen ones made of gold wire that look great.
Add a little loop of wire to the top for a pendant, glue a pinback on for a cute brooch, make tiny nests for a pair of earrings, or wrap wire onto the back for a chic ring.