I must subconsciously be longing for spring! My last few DIY projects have all featured birds. Like today’s bird necklace and this framed bird decor.
I have seen similar bird necklaces selling for a higher price then I wanted to pay- so what does a good, thrify crafter do? Figure out how to make my own bird necklace! It was crazy simple, and best of all- inexpensive. After I made one bird necklace for myself, I made a few custom pieces for my sisters, and friends.
Supplies needed to make your own bird necklace:
- 26 Gauge Craft Wire, Silver
- 6mm Round Glass Pearls
- 7mm Silver Jump Rings
- Lobster Clasp
- Silver Jewelry Chain
- Round Nose Pliers
- Silver Bird Charm
String your pearl beads on the craft wire.
Once you get somewhat of a bottom to the nest, flip it over, and start winding the wire up the sides of the pearl “eggs.”
What you are going to do- is basically sew the nest with the excess wire.
Take the wire up and around the side of the nest, securing it through the “egg” circle, and back down through the bottom.
When you “sew” the opposite side of the nest, bring the wire up from the bottom to finish it. You want to finish the wire off on the top, so you don’t have a scratchy wire end pressing against your neck.
Make another small, tight loop with the round nosed pliers, and trim. Then tuck that loop into the nest. At this point you can manipulate the nest how you like it. Push the sides up, or push the sides in to cup the eggs better. Wire is very forgiving!
I finished my bird necklace by adding a lobster clasp to the ends of the chain with a jump ring, and an additional jump ring on the opposite side of the chain.
I think it would be fun to add colored pearls to the necklace too!
You could also switch out the color of the wire! So many options, and so, so easy- anybirdie can make these. (<–see what I did there?)
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Shaunte is a 30-something, chocolate-loving, SAHM from Utah. She has been scrapbooking since 1997, the dreaded era of photos cropped with deco scissors. Since then, her work has evolved into a clean, linear, photo-focused style. Her favorite subjects to scrap are her husband and five kids (never a lack for subject material there).