Getting Crafty with Yarn and Wire

When I was collecting ideas for my hot air balloon party, I came across this idea and fell in love with not only the simplicity of it but knew it would be totally cute as art in a baby’s room, decorations on a cloud mobile, or sitting on the party table for the hot air balloon party.  Plus who doesn’t love easy craft projects with yarn and wire? So I set out to make my own version.

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Three easy steps to crafting with Yarn and Wire!

Step 1:  Print out the word you want to use in the size that you need.  I chose the word “baby” and printed on standard white copy paper. I used the font “Wendy” and printed it at 400 pts.  (you can download the pdf of mine here or click the photo below):

baby-download

Yarn and Wire: Baby download

Step 2:  Bend your wire so that it’s the same shape as the word.  It doesn’t have to be exact – the print out is just a guide. I used a medium gauge wire that I picked up in the craft section (near the beads) at Walmart (don’t judge).   You want something that will bend easily but not so easy that it won’t hold up to wrapping with yarn. I used needle nose plyers but they really weren’t needed.

wire art tutorial-step1
Step 3:  Wrap your word.  I actually did this in sections because I knew I would have trouble passing the yarn through the insides of the “b”.  Those loops can be tricky.   I started by adding a small drop of Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac to the wire and smooshing the yarn to it while starting to wrap the wire. (I love this stuff – great for gluing fabrics and it dries quickly but not so quickly that you glue your hand to the metal!).

wire art tutorial-step2

Once the glue dries, just start wrapping.  I actually cut a pretty long piece of yarn and just wrapped until it was almost gone and then glued it to the back and trimmed it close once the glue dried.   It’s a really easy process – and it only took about 20-30 minutes to wrap the word.

wire art tutorial-finished

Notes:  I held the “joints” together with my hand and then wrapped the point where the two pieces of wire came together.  I didn’t want a “floppy b” and wrapping the two pieces together made sense for me. I also used a separate piece of yarn for the inside of the first “b”.  It felt easier to me – it might not be easier for you.  There’s no right or wrong way to do this.

Here is the finished project hanging for the baby shower I hosted.

hot air balloon party - yarn and wire wallart

Thanks for being crafty with me!  I hope that you liked my craft.  If you have any questions, definitely shoot me a message. I’m happy to help.  And don’t forget to pin so you don’t forget where you saw this tutorial!

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3 easy steps for creating wire art - baby shower decorations

 

Donna

 

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