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DIY ribbon-wrapped wire words

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This is a very simple project you can do in just a few minutes and let your imagination run … diy wire words. I’ve made these before as gift toppers (see that post here), but this time I tried wrapping the wire in ribbon and love how it turned out.

I tacked my finished word up to a simple pin board (linen wrapped foam core, popped into a vintage frame) and it is the perfect sentiment for right over the bar cart in our dining room.

Here’s how to make one of your own:

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SUPPLIES //

hot glue gun / wire (a small enough gauge that you can easily bend it, but not so fine that it doesn’t hold the shape – mine is 24 gauge) / ribbon / scissors

STEP ONE // bend wire into cursive word

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I like the freehand look, but you could also print out a template and use it as a guide if you need help forming the letters.

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STEP TWO //   cut pieces of ribbon

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Having 12-ish” pieces lets you wrap the ribbon easier than if it was still attached to the roll. Thin ribbon works best, or you could try yarn or twine.

STEP THREE // wrap wire with ribbon

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Use the hot glue to hold into place and wrap round and round.

When you’re finished, tack up to your pin board (or attach to a gift, or whatever you’d like to do with your cute word!) and enjoy.

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Simple embellishments that only take a few minutes and barely any money are the best. Cheers!

18 Responses to DIY ribbon-wrapped wire words

  1. Linda/makedoanddiy.com June 8, 2015 at 8:03 am #

    Hi Emily, I was inspired to give something like this a go after reading your post and I’ve linked back to you in the post on my blog :)

    http://www.makedoanddiy.com/2015/06/easy-diy-wire-quote-art.html

  2. Mary January 15, 2015 at 8:27 pm #

    Is your plant fake or real? If so, do you know the name of it, thanks!

    • emily January 15, 2015 at 9:43 pm #

      The plant is real and is a rosemary clipped into a topiary. I found it at our local nursery.

  3. Tracy January 10, 2015 at 2:26 pm #

    Emily! I made this today! It is adorable! I used burlap instead of linen and used an old frame I got at Goodwill for next to nothing. This turned our so cute that I think I will get a head start and make some for gifts for next Christmas! Thanks for the ideas!

    • emily January 12, 2015 at 11:09 am #

      I’m so glad you loved the project!

  4. Stacy January 9, 2015 at 5:58 pm #

    Love this idea! Hot glue guns are NOT my friend however…do you just put a dot of hot glue on the wire every couple of inches?

    • emily January 12, 2015 at 11:10 am #

      Hot glue burns are the worst! I just did a tiny dot every few wraps of the ribbon to hold it in place.

  5. Gretchen January 9, 2015 at 4:25 pm #

    Awesome!!! That gets my wheels turning! I bet some cute washi tape would work great too! HAVE to try this out! Thanks Emily- you ROCK! (again)

    • emily January 12, 2015 at 11:10 am #

      Washi tape is a great idea!

  6. Esther January 9, 2015 at 2:11 pm #

    Wouldn’t it be easier to wrap the ribbon around the wire first and then form the word?

    • emily January 12, 2015 at 11:11 am #

      You certainly could, but it might make the wire harder to form the words. Give it a try!

  7. Sarah January 9, 2015 at 1:30 pm #

    Such a cute idea! I have so much of that green wire. I seem to forget I have it every year when I’m buying supplies for Christmas wreaths. I like the suggestion to use twine. I may have to try it out. Thanks!

  8. heidi January 9, 2015 at 12:19 pm #

    so fun….. I also love the bar cart!

    • emily January 12, 2015 at 11:11 am #

      Thank you! The bar cart is from target and I just love the simple lines. Fun addition to the corner of our dining room.

  9. Anita January 9, 2015 at 12:16 pm #

    I love this!! I also would never have thought of doing something so simple that adds a great little impact to the area! Thanks for sharing!!

  10. Erin @Meadow Lake Road January 9, 2015 at 11:44 am #

    I love this, Emily! You are such a creatively talented lady!!

    • emily January 12, 2015 at 11:12 am #

      Thanks erin!

  11. mary beth @ http://www.mbzinteriors.com January 9, 2015 at 11:03 am #

    Love this! at first I thought it was embroidered (which I’m not good at) but I can certainly do this. Thanks for inspiration and I’m lovin’ that old frame.

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