How to make a momma bird necklace {guest tutorial}

Hello Love Stitched readers!
My name is Sarah
from and I’m so happy to be here today.
I love DIY projects and today I’m going to be sharing with you one of my favorite tutorials, how to make a bird nest necklace.
These pretty pendants are easy to make and they also make wonderful gifts.
I have been seeing a lot of bird nest jewelry around lately. They are beautiful and I love the trend so I thought I would try making my own. These turned out to be really easy to make and require just a few simple supplies. This necklace would make a lovely Christmas gift, which just happens to be around the corner!

What you’ll need:

– Jewelry wire (I prefer using a 24 gage because it is easier to manipulate but the 20 gage can work well too with the help of some round nose pliers)
– pearls or glass beads
– necklace chain
– jump ring and a clasp

Select the beads you want, string them onto your wire and arrange them as you’d like.

then simply wrap the wire around the beads

wrap some wire in the space between each bead (I like the look of three loops but you could just do one or two if you prefer)

this is what the back looked like. (In the other necklaces I attached a jump ring but on this one I just formed a loop with the wire.)

now attach a jump ring and a clasp to the end of a necklace chain

and this is what you end up with :)

I love how each one is so different

just to show you the difference between the 20 and 24 gage…
the two on the right were made with 20 gage wire and on the left is the 24.
The 24 gage is definitely easier to work with and manipulate and I like the delicate look of it but I also like the thicker look of the 20 gage
Sarah also sells these necklaces in her shop if you are the buy it and not make it type of person!


  1. 1

    These look great! And I love working with wire. I will have to try this!

  2. 2

    I love these sooo much!! Thank you for the tutorial!

  3. 3

    I enjoy making these too, with different wires and looser wraps.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Linda B

  4. 4

    love this!!

  5. 5

    DO you sell any necklaces already made? I want some that look like the one on Ann Voscamp’s Blog page.

  6. 8

    I didn’t realize how easy they would be to make. My bestie gave me a birdnest bookmark for christmas,,,,so I am seeing that there are lots and lots of things I can make this this simple tutorial. Thank you!

  7. 9
    Kristy Lynn says:

    These are so beautiful! Thank you for sharing how to make them with all of us! I my just have to try my hand at making them for my two daughters (17 and 12).
    Blessings =)

  8. 10

    Hi Lucy and Robin!
    Yes, I sell these necklaces in my Etsy store,
    I have a turquoise necklace similar to the one shown on the Ann’s blog.
    This is the turquoise necklace:
    And this is the turquoise mini with slightly smaller beads for a more petite pendant:
    I am still in the process of restocking my shop post Christmas rush but if you message me (info(at) I’d be happy to start a custom order for you if you like :)
    -Sarah Ortega

  9. 11

    I’m thinking that I’ll make one for me and my daughter since we are now (mother birds). The twist will be to try and find beads the color of our kids birthstones.

  10. 12

    They’re ADORABLE! Can’t wait to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

  11. 13

    Hi Sarah,
    Thank you so much for the tutorial!! This past weekend, my 2 daughters and I tried our hands at making the nest necklaces and ran into one problem. We loved the necklace that you made with the one big pearl in the middle, and tried it but could not get the wire to “stay put”. It kept sliding up the sides of the large bead we were using instead of a pearl. Could you give us some tips? We did make a nest w/ 3 smaller beads, and that turned out great! Thank you for any help you can give!!

  12. 14

    Looks like I’m just finding this. ABSOLUTELY LOVELY! I love all the color combos you came up with. Thank you for sharing!

  13. 15

    Thank you so much. It so cute.

  14. 16

    I made these for mothers day for my mom and mother-in-law. They said they get comments all the time on their beautiful necklace! They each have 5 beads (2 daughters and 3 grandbabies for my mom and 5 grandbabies for my mother-in-law). My sister-in-law requested one as well. And I made myself two different ones! I love it! Thank you!

  15. 17

    Giving these directions to a friend at work for vacation Bible camp next year and she is so thrilled! Fits right in with the theme and the supplies they have on hand already and they are soooo cute!

  16. 18

    Just made one of these and it’s adorable…making more for Christmas presents…THANKS!

  17. 19

    How much wire does each nest take?

  18. 20

    Many thanks for posting the directions. The step by step photos are a big help. So charming!

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