Bird Nest Pin

If you have been following along here, you know that I have slowly been working my way towards being crafty.  For years I have said that I was missing my "woman" gene.  I'm not good at cooking, cleaning or sewing and I was not really interested in the crafty/decorating side of things.  

But things change and I have slowly been exploring these sides, some with success and some with failure.  When I saw this tutorial on one of the blogs I follow, I thought it would be a great thing to make for my mother for mother's day.  I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to do it with my limited experience, especially since it would need a modification, but I decided to give it a try.

24 gauge craft wire
glass beads
pin back

One of the hardest decisions was color choices.  Many of the tutorials online have different colored beads and wire, but I liked the idea of the more natural look.  My mother is active in the nature community (birds, gardening, master naturalist) so natural colors seemed best.  I found these beads at Michael's that looked like speckled eggs and I chose a wire that was closest to tree branch color.

I actually bought several different colors of beads and wire to make a practice run first.  I'm glad I did because I had to buy a different pin back.  The first one I purchased was too big and peeked out at the ends of the nest.  

You can follow the instructions on the linked tutorial.  To attach the pin I just wrapped the wire in and out of the holes and around the bar to secure it to the nest.  It's not exactly pretty but I'm pretty sure it is secure.  The most important part is that my mom liked it.  Yay for completing my first project.  Crafting is fun.

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