Well hello there.
Meet my little wire word art.
You kinda already met the concept, in Erin’s nursery:
When I showed you the wire words over Erin’s crib in the room reveal, I got a lot of questions about how she did it.
SO EASY, you guys. The little “hello” took us about five minutes. This is the oddly addicting kind of craft that you can do while watching tv, and it’s so quick and simple that you just want to keep going, and making more words, (and more words and MORE WORDS!!) and suddenly everyone you know is getting the same thing for Christmas this year.
- 12-gauge grounding wire (It’s by the telephone cord at the home improvement store. Erin’s whole roll was only $5, and it’s $9 regular price for 50 feet at home depot.)
- wire cutters
- (optional): Gloves, pliers, yarn
Step 1: Plan it out
You can do a simple one-word deal. (I like “rest” for a bedroom, “eat” for a kitchen, or “hello” for a foyer.) Or do a phrase, like a quote from your favorite verse or song (like this one):
Or Erin’s hymn:
Once you know what you want to do, practice with yarn. We laid out the yarn until we liked the arrangement and the direction of each loop. (The “h” in “hello” was a little tricky, but overall this one was pretty straightforward. If you’re doing something a little longer or with more complicated letters, the planning stage is more important.)
Step 2: Bend it
Thank you, captain obvious! You can use gloves if you’re going to be doing a long phrase like in Erin’s nursery, but for a short word, it’s not necessary. Using the pliers to do the bending can help get a nicer rounded edge, but you can also just use your pretty little fingers. Here’s Erin using her pretty little fingers:
(Optional) Step 3: Spray paint or wrap it in yarn
If you’re looking for a color or something not-silver, you can spray paint it. (I painted mine gold.)
Or you wrap it in a colored yard if you’d rather have a fuzzier texture. Fuzzy is always fun. Except in food. Or ….navels…
Hang it up!
Erin used little screw hooks, or you can just use thumbtacks. Don’t overthink it. Life is too short.
Aaaaand that’s two super-simple DIY tutorials in a row. It makes me think the next one should be overly complicated. Like, “how to build a house!” or “how to survive a camping trip with your four-year-old!” (Because that’s what we’ll be doing today. And it sounds kinda fun-slash-terrifying. It’ll be our first camping trip with an offspring. Pray for me.)
What would you make your wire art say? Anyone else in super-simple DIY mode?