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Bird's Nest Christmas Ornament

About this design:

I thought it would be fun to try and make a bird's nest that is made out of a material that can be manipulated like wire, while adding in elements that a bird might actually add to her nest such as string and twigs. The sparkling crystal brings the glitz that is a must for adorning your Christmas tree.

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • 1 spool of wire
  • 3 rice shaped beads for eggs
  • 1 bird pendant
  • 5 faceted round crystal beads
  • 4 headpins
  • 2' of string such as hemp for nest
  • 2 1' lengths of hemp for hanging
  • 6" ribbon for a bow on the hanger
  • handful of twigs from yard

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
To begin the nest, I wrapped a couple small loops and wire wrapped them together - about 1.5" diameter. Once this base is set continue wrapping loops from top to bottom gradually getting larger as the loops come to the top and smaller as they reach the bottom. It works well to weave the loops through each other to keep the shape of the nest.
Step 2:
Take your bird pendant and create a few wraps through the bottom of the bird leaving several inches at each end to poke through the bottom of the finished nest and wrap back into the nest for security.
Step 3:
Once your nest is complete (your spool is almost gone), take your end piece, trim off the remaining wire and poke from the bottom up into the middle area of the nest. String one rice shaped bead onto the wire and create several curlycues to keep the bead secure. Now take 8" of wire and fold it in half. Loop this wire over a group of wires at the bottom of the nest then bring the ends up through the middle and repeat, stringing the eggs on each end and creating curlycues.
Step 4:
Now that your components are all set, take the bird pendant that has the wire attached and poke through the top of the nest, nestling the bird between the "eggs". Twist your wire on the underside of the nest and wrap back into the nest creating additional curlycues to finish off the ends.

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  1. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    So fab!! :D

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Sweet, sweet, sweet!

  3. Lyric Chick aka Bev
    Lyric Chick aka Bev says:

    How cute is that. Your designs are always so “out there”. Love the way you think.

  4. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Ali, this is a wonderful idea and would make a great gift, too! Very clever! :D

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    D Geurin says:

    I love this bird nest especially in the egg white wire. It shows up so much more on the tree. I would like to make some for gifts. Could you tell me where you got the black bird. I absolutely love your creative designs.

  6. DazzleBeads
    DazzleBeads says:

    I can see doing this with miniature birds and the small pearls, and attaching to Christmas packages.

  7. BeadSpirit
    BeadSpirit says:

    So adorable! This great design will be Christmas gifts and on my tree this year!

  8. Bead Genie
    Bead Genie says:

    Love this,can you tell me if these wonderful Lipstick Ranch cut outs,she’d rust? Do they need sealing pls?

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    D Clark says:

    This is adorable, I’ve seen tiny nest with eggs in them. The eggs were seed beads or pearls. I hope we’re all thankful for the talent we have, and each of us have a talent of some kind.

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    Old bitty says:

    I love this. I am going to make one to hang with my plants. Can’t wait!

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