I love the look of wire wrapped pendants but the prices for these bead-y baubles had me wondering if I might be able to create my own.
Success? I think so. Cheap? Oh, most definitely. Easy? As pie my lovelies!
Here’s how to make your own personalized family pea pods & egg-y nests:
Let’s start with the nests. You’ll need pliers (tweezers will do in a pinch), wire & an egg-bead for each member of your family *my wire cost €0.99/20m at the craft store & the beads are all salvaged from old necklaces
chop off about 150cm of wire & string your beads 10cm in from one end
arrange your beads into a circular shape & wrap a few times with the long end of the wire
loop the wire around itself between the beads to secure it together. Continue wrapping & looping…
once you’ve wrapped & secured about half of the wire grab the 10cm tail & bend it into a ring – this is the loop that will eventually hang it from the necklace chain
wind the rest of the tail around the loop & tuck the pokey end into the back of the nest
wrap & loop any remaining wire around the nest & tuck that pokey end into the back of the nest
using your pliers (or tweezers) gently pull & wrinkle sections of the wire for an ever so slightly more realistic messy-nest look
add the chain & wear your fancy new heirloom…
then go make some more for the rest of the family!
They also look awesome attached to bags, zippers and key chains!
Onto the pea pods…get your pliers (or tweezers), wire and a lurvly green pea-bead for each member of your family *this time I used some plant wire that we had leftover from that time my hubby was going to be a bonsai-master…
start the same way as the nest, stringing the beads on 150cm of wire but this time leave a 5cm tail at the end
loop the short end
tuck the pokey bit into the top bead
loop the wire at the other end & bend it back up to the top loop
wrap the wire around the base of the top loop
bend the wire back to the bottom & twist it around that loop
continue wrapping up, down and around your peas…
occasionally weaving through the sides & back to secure the wire
when you’re happy with the size of your pod, trim & tuck the pokey end
string a leather cord through the top loop & wear your adorable new family heirloom
and create some more to gift away