Great news! If you don’t have time to make one for yourself, I sell these in my Etsy store!!!
I just love these pendants. I’ve seen several on Penterest, like this one from Play At Home Mom, (Although, I could not find the original post on the blog.) and this one at Lisa’s Craft Blog. I think they are so beautiful and are such a great way to show off your family.
To make this family tree pendant, you will need to start with a ring. I could not find a ring so I just made my own out of memory wire. I wanted something that would be stiff, something that would be stable enough to secure the wire tree.
Lets just say that memory wire is a little tough to work with ’cause, um… it has memory and did not want to bend, but I worked it anyway. Grrrr!
For the tree itself, I used the thinnest, most pliable wire I could find.
You will need two long pieces (about 36 inches) and 16 shorter pieces (about 18 inches).
Twist the wire in the middle like this…
This twist will act as the tree trunk.
Next, divide the bottom wire into three, and then braid each section, making sure to keep the two long pieces in the middle. These braids will be the roots for the tree.
With the middle braid, begin wrapping the roots onto the bottom of the ring, working up the ring. Wrap up one side, and then the other.
Do not wrap the longest two pieces, these will be wrapped last after the roots and the branches are done.
Wrap the wire all the way to the top and then trim off excess.
Now, for the branches… Spread the wire out like a fan, to resemble branches, and begin adding the birthstones. I started with my husband’s and my stones first, and then added the kid’s, to show our family branching out.
From the center, begin wrapping the branches down the ring, toward the roots. Do one side, and then the other.
Cut off remaining wire. Don’t worry about the edges being sharp. These will be covered with the longest two pieces from the roots.
Wrap the remaining long wires up the ring, from the roots. Use one wire for the left side and one for the right, meeting at the top. Use these wires to make a loop so the pendant can be hung on a necklace.
There you have it! So easy!
I think this turned out so beautiful, but then again, I’m kind of partial!
Have a great “Leap Day”, Peeps!
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