A few simple tools and 15 minutes is all you need to learn how to make wire word art! Create personalized gift tags or hang your favorite quote on the wall! The fun and possibilities are endless.
I have been deep in Christmas crafts this year! Something about the lights on a Christmas tree makes me feel so buoyant and cheerful. I had this brilliant idea (well, I think so) to make a very special Christmas tree with our Family’s names.
But that brings me to today’s super easy project! Wire word art has been a fun addition that I have seen all over home decor, but it’s so easy and cheap to do yourself!
Supplies to Write Wire Names
- 16 guage soft wire (for small writing. For larger art, use thicker gauged wire).
- Set of Jewelry Pliers (find them here)
- Heavy duty clippers or wire cutters to cut the ends of the wire
- a print out of a font you like (I used this one)
*Choosing Wire Tip – With the wire, you want something that is pliable but not super, super soft. I did notice a difference in softness between brands. What you are looking for is a wire that is easily bent with your fingers but resilient enough that once you make the word it won’t be easily bent out of shape. If making larger wires, use a thicker guage wire.
How To Make Wire Writing
Step 1: Print out a font you like or handwrite a guide.
For the font, I used Sacramento, but others that will work include Brannboll Fet, Allura, and HaloHandLetter. The font is only a guide to help keep the letters all the same size and straight. As you can see below, mine ended up being a bit bigger than the printed writing.
Step 2: Using the guide and jewelry pliers, bend the wire into letter shapes.
You can easily bend most of the curves with your hands, but there are two places I used a pair of pliers. For very tight curves like “r”, “s”, and “e”, I used the round tips to create small loops more easily than with my hands.
Step 3: Crimp together letters that bend back on themselves with the flat area of the pliers. Example letters include “a”, “m”, and “n”.
Each name only took a maybe 10 or 15 minutes and I got to catch up on my favorite shows while I worked on them.
Step 4: Attach and use as you like.
How you attach these or hang them depends on your intention.
There are lots of uses for these really. You could use them for tags for presents, ornaments, frame them in some wall art, or whatever your imagination can cook up.
I have used this method for a few different projects. I used them to make a Family Christmas Tree which you can see here. For that, I hung them with plastic wire I had and sewed them to tiny present boxes.
I also made a large wire word art in our guest bedroom. That I used clear push pins to hold it up since it is pretty light weight.
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Wire Word Art
- Wire Cutters
- 16 guage Wire For smaller sized projects
- Font see note below for ideas
- Printer Paper
- Print out a font you like or hand write a guide.
- Using the guide and jewelry pliers, bend the wire into letter shapes.
- Crimp together letters that bend back on themselves with the flat area of the pliers. Example letters include "a", "m", and "n".
- Attach and use as you like. To hang on the wall, clear push pins or metal nails should hold it up. The wire can also be bent around objects such as hoop wreaths or decorative objects.