DIY nest necklace tutorial (great Mother’s Day gift idea!)

May 6, 2013 | DIY, Gift Ideas

DIY nest necklace tutorial - easy to make!
With Mother's Day right around the corner, you might be panicking if you're anything like me. I'm am the WORST last-minute gift giver.
Like, ever. No seriously. THE WORST.
 For those of us last minute-ers I thought I'd remind you of what I did last year for my mama. This DIY nest necklace tutorial creates gorgeous, unique, affordable, easy, and QUICK (like, 10 minutes quick!) necklaces that your special mama is bound to love. I also make these as take-home baby shower gifts. However you choose to gift them, it's a no-fail gift idea. Enjoy!

DIY Nest Necklace Tutorial

As I mentioned in my LAST POST, I hosted a craft party recently. My friend showed me how to make these necklaces. I couldn't believe how quick and easy this project was! It was a gorgeous day yesterday, so while my kids were playing on the deck I sat in a chair and did the project in less than 10 minutes (and it was my first time trying it!).

Here's how you do it:

Get some 24 gauge wire from a craft store. I bought mine at Joann Fabrics because they take competitor coupons. You can use thicker wire for a “heftier” look, but the 24 gauge is easier to work with in my opinion.
Pick up some pretty beads from the jewelry section; different shapes and colors are awesome.
I made two different necklaces for my mom's birthday coming up – one with 3 beads (she has 3 kids) and one with two (she has 2 grandkids right now). Here's the one with two beads:
Thread the beads and tie off the end somehow. It doesn't really matter how, just as long as the beads are secure. Here's how I did it,
 and here's another option.
Start twisting! I used my fingers as guides, but it really doesn't matter because A) wire is easy to bend into any shape you want and B) nests aren't perfect in real life, so the “messier”, the prettier in my opinion!
Once you have it to the thickness you want the nest to be, cut the wire from the spool. Then wrap it around the sides of the nest, to hold all the next-loops together like so:
Do as many of those as you'd like. I did three, but 4 looks really cool too.
I decided to string my wire across the back of the necklace randomly, to give it more of a nest-y look.
Lastly, twist off the last little bit of your wire so you can attach it to a chain. And that's it! So easy!
It's awesome that each one turns out so unique and different. This shows the difference in thickness of wire:
 Try all sorts of different bead colors and shapes.
 I used copper wire for one and silver wire for the other. I can't decide which one I like better!
The great thing is that it's easy to add beads to it. Flashing forward to Mother's Day 2013, my mom now has 3 grandkids so I can easily add another bead.

So there you go! Hope this helps you with an easy, hand-crafted, beautiful Mother's Day gift idea for you. 🙂
What are YOU giving your mama this year for Mom's day??


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