Family Tree Pendant

Great news! If you don’t have time to make one for yourself, I sell these in my Etsy store!!! :D

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! :D

Have a great “Leap Day”, Peeps! :D

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Family Tree Pendant — 75 Comments

  1. LOVE this! My son used to make something like these when we did wire wrapping, but it was just a “tree of life” kind of thing… I love the idea for a family tree. Although ours would need a LOT of beads just for the main family, it would be great! :)

  2. I love that even better then what I have seen online. The ones I have seen are just a tree of life, while still cool, I like the family tree idea more. Very pretty.

  3. I’ve always loved these types of necklaces too…something about having something around your neck and close to your heart that reminds you of your family!!
    What a great tutorial. You really make this type of project seem achievable. Thanks for sharing!

  4. This is awesome. Totally sweet. I love it. This makes me want to try a crochet version. Thanks for the inspirations and the lovely pictures.

  5. Gorgeous! I love using the family birthstones; I’ll have to keep that in mind for a grandma gift. I made one of these once {although not a family one} and I put beads all around the outer ring too. Let me just say, it’s freakin’ hard!! It took forEVer…but it looks so pretty, it was worth it. So glad you shared your beautiful one at Shine on Fridays!!

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  7. I love this, I can’t wait to make my mother in law one for Christmas for all her grandbabies! I’m wondering though what was the diameter of your memory wire circle, and what were the size of your beads mm wise if you recall or know? Thanks for your awesome tutorial!

    • Hi Jodi!
      I’m not sure off the top of my head the mm of the beads. I’ll need to measure them and get back to you. Just to make sure I’m understanding your question, you want to know the diameter of the pendant? Or do you want to know the wire gage I used? Just checking! Thanks for stopping by! :D

      • Thank you Stephanie, sorry for my delay, I didn’t know you had responded to me until now. You answered my questions perfectly. I was trying to figure how big to make the pendant, so I think I should be able to figure it out now, One other question…I’m having some trouble finding the beads you have here. Are they Swarovski Crystals or something different? Can I get these in a pack with a variety of colors? What is the best way of finding these beads and where should I be able to find them? I went to Michael’s (craft store) and they only beads I coud find that looked like the ones you have here were swarovski,

  8. Can I pay you to make one for me?? I am a photographer and love crafts, making jewelry…but as my photog bus gets busier each year….all my sad beads and wire sit in boxes. Do you sell these??? I love this so much but know cannot take time to make this, and would make a mess of it. I am better behind the camera :) Mandy Hostetler

  9. I just stumbled across this on Pinterest. It is just lovely! I wanted to make something meaninful for my daughter for Christmas and this will fill the bill. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  11. I have a question, can you add more beads later on? Like I was planning on waiting to make one until all my kids have kids but they are all still way too young for kids and I don’t want to wait that long :-P

  12. This is just a stunning necklace and SO unique! My question is what guage wire would I need? This will make an amazing birthday gift for my mom!!

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