Natural Branch Necklace

Go eco-chic with this easy-to-create necklace that features a charming miniature bird perched atop a handmade wire nest and natural branch.
Handmade Woodland Necklace

Handmade Woodland Necklace

By: Michele Beschen
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Materials Needed:

  • 1/4-inch diameter branch that has an offshoot
  • anvil pruners
  • miniature bird (found at a hobby store with the miniature dollhouse supplies)
  • 20-22 gauge wire
  • 1/16" drill bit
  • leather, jute or ribbon cording
  • head pin
  • necklace clasp
  • wood stain or stain/wax
  • sanding block

Trim Branch

Using anvil pruners, trim branch to 2-1/2 to three inches long.

Cutting Branch For Natural Necklace

Cutting Branch For Natural Necklace

Sand and Stain Branch

Sand branch to remove any rough places then apply a light coat of wood stain or stain/wax.

Drill Hole in Bird

Carefully drill a hole through the center of bird using 1/16-inch drill bit.

Drilling Hole in Necklace Bird Bauble

Drilling Hole in Necklace Bird Bauble

Drill Branch

Using the same drill bit, drill a hole through branch where bird will be attached.

Drilling Hole in Branch For Natural Necklace

Drilling Hole in Branch For Natural Necklace

Create Nest

Create bird's nest using a 10-inch piece of wire. Simply twist, turn and tuck wire ends to create a nest shape that will accommodate the bird.

Secure Objects

Slide head pin through bird, nest and branch. To secure, add a small bead to the bottom then trim and curl end of head pin.

Drill Holes for Cording

Drill holes on each end of branch using a slightly larger bit to accommodate the cording.

Drilling Hole in Branch For Necklace Cord

Drilling Hole in Branch For Necklace Cord

Knot Cording Then Add Clasps

Knot cording under branch to secure ends and add closing clasps of your choice.

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