Friday, June 17, 2011

Wire wrapped letter? Oh yes I did.

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So, I'm all about collections in my house. More specifically, letter collections. On our mantle, we have a collection of the letter "D" for our last name. In my oldest daughters room, she has a wall of "A"'s for Arielle. I always keep an eye out when I'm at the thrift store for either of those two letters. I made a wire wrapped letter for our living room a long time ago, and decided to do a version for Arielle's room. 




So this is what I started with. Some $3 wire from Walmart (they had two versions, one longer and thinner, one thicker and shorter. I picked the second one, I think it's still 12 yards long). I also had hubby print out a 7 inch letter in a typewriter font. It was a little bigger than I planned. When I said 7 inches, apparently I was thinking of a 5 inch tall letter. Oh well, I made it work.











So, I put some double sided tape on the edges of the letter, and used the wire to line the outside of the letter.









Once I had one layer going around, I wrapped some wire around that, and went around the sides again. If the letter doesn't lie flat, no worries. It'll be easier to flatten out, once you have more layer on it. It helps to have some pliers to help you wrap the end of the wire.







For me, I'm not about perfection. My letter wasn't exactly lined up with my paper, but I wasn't worried about it. This project probably isn't for you if you're OCD.












After I got the sides double wrapped, I started going from side to side. Sometimes I would just wrap it around the outsides of both sides (wrapping across both wires), other times I'd stabilize it by wrapping it around the individual side.











And here is my completed piece! I think it'd be great for those of you who do those fabulous alphabet walls.













And here it is on her wall! She loves it. I love it. Score.











And here is the original one on my fireplace mantel.










So, whatcha think? Love it? Hate it? If you hate it, lie to me. My ego is fragile.



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jandjhome said... [Reply to comment]

Love it! It's really cute and I'm telling the truth :)

taidyeoriginal said... [Reply to comment]

COOL! I really like this!

Jennifer said... [Reply to comment]

I love it...totally unique and it fits nicely with the rest of her collection :)

Rachel @ Pleased as Punch said... [Reply to comment]

"a" is for awesome. Love it!

Whimsy-ma-blog said... [Reply to comment]

Oh, I really like it! It's such a nice unique take on the letter thing.

Cherie said... [Reply to comment]

Awesome! Very nice for your little ones collection

Shawna said... [Reply to comment]

This is fantastic idea!! I'm definitely going to need to try this. I even pinned it to my "Things To Try" board on pinterest. :-)

Lesley said... [Reply to comment]

So you know I'm going to try this and am totally pinning it! Sweet idea!

sippycuptrails said... [Reply to comment]

Love it! Pretty sure I'll be doing one as well!

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said... [Reply to comment]

I love it! looks awesome!!!

Chameleon Girls said... [Reply to comment]

This is awesome! I will have to give it a try.

Rachael said... [Reply to comment]

Oooooh love this!! What a great idea! As if I need more excuses to make monograms for my house LOL. Thanks for linking up :)

LP aka A Crafty Southern Chick said... [Reply to comment]

LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. *sigh Wish I had thought of that! I'm so gonna try this...and it's getting pinned for sure ;)

Megan said... [Reply to comment]

What a great idea! I think it's really cute!!

Nancy StylenDecorDeals said... [Reply to comment]

Love this! You are so talented and crafty! Love your blog too!

I'm your newest fan/follower on GFC!
Have a great weekend!
nancy
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Maggie @ Midwestern {Sewing} Girl said... [Reply to comment]

Ummm...this is AWESOME! What a fantastic idea! Love it...and I'm a new follower...;)

Tanya @ Greetings From the Asylum said... [Reply to comment]

Nope! I can't say something I don't think,...so I can't say it's silly. I can't say it's ugly, and I can't say it's out of style because IT IS AWESOME!!! Thanks for sharing such clear instructions!

Kei said... [Reply to comment]

That is totally cool!

emilysnan said... [Reply to comment]

hiya x love love love this idea x tfs
xmaggiex

Kim@todayismysome-day said... [Reply to comment]

I really like this! I appreciate the few materials required and that it didn't have to be perfect! I have an "a" daughter in my house; I may try my own version... Saw you at FT Think Party.

Jen said... [Reply to comment]

This is very cool, I love that it's not solid wrapped with wire, but that you can still see through it. Great tutorial! Jen @ www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com

Lesley Litrento said... [Reply to comment]

Love your letter. Our letter is an L and I never ever see it anywhere!! Might have to try this. Thanks for sharing this!

Frugal in WV said... [Reply to comment]

Great idea, I might try it for my sons room! New follower from fancy friday hop, have a great week!

http://wvfrugal-wvsaver.blogspot.com/

Kimberly said... [Reply to comment]

So cool! I love it!!

Chef in Training said... [Reply to comment]

this is SO cute! I seriously adore it! I found your blog through a link party and LOVE it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!
-Nikki
http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

theteo5 said... [Reply to comment]

Love it! I think it's great. I'm feeling inspired...Thanks!

Rachel
http://www.holy-craft.blogspot.com

Jennifer said... [Reply to comment]

I have a letter wall and I feel I might have to make an addition. So cute. I am a new follower. Check me out at www.sciencesoftballandsomethingsweet.blogspot.com

Rosenbergh Fam said... [Reply to comment]

Very cool! Can't wait to try it!

Katie said... [Reply to comment]

Oh my gosh! I love it! Did it hurt your fingers wrapping it around? Did you have much wire left over? I have to know! I want to do this now!!!

Green Door Girl said... [Reply to comment]

I love it! I also love the collection of A's in the room, what a great idea! :) Linked over from sugar bee today.

kpmattingly said... [Reply to comment]

Very cute!
Adding this to my 'to make' list! :)

Jamie said... [Reply to comment]

this rocks!

Kristy@MyPretties said... [Reply to comment]

I love it! So much that I'm following you now.

Come by and say hi on my blog at www.illgetyoumypretties.blogspot.com

Gail said... [Reply to comment]

Why not add beads? It would be adorable for a little girl's room. Try colored wire (telephone wire) for a child's room as well. The ideas are endless. Thanks for posting.

Lovely Light said... [Reply to comment]

I love it! The street vendors here in South Africa do stuff like this- lots of beading and wore wrapped flowers, key chains, and baskets. Good job!

stories&morestories said... [Reply to comment]

Your idea just gave me another idea! Im going to do a wire "ball"... Hmmm Im OCD'ish so lets see how it turns out lol.

stories&morestories said... [Reply to comment]

BTW I found you thru "Hookin Up with HoH #54" :)

Jim Barry said... [Reply to comment]

Rather than buy the wire, you could dumpster dive for some left over copper wire and do the same.

Kristen @ Who's Watching the Baby? said... [Reply to comment]

I just saw this. I LOVE it! I saw it pinned, and just realized it was yours! I want to make one for a gift, but it would need to be an 's'... not sure I have the patience to do an 's'.

Lovin' your D collection! I'm building an F collection of my own!

Nicolette said... [Reply to comment]

Love this! I'm pinning it as a future project. Thanks for sharing. BTW: Visiting from Not Just a Housewife

cheryl said... [Reply to comment]

newbie here - visiting from N.J.A.Housewife!
love this. really fantastic tutorial.
thanks for sharing.
cheryl xox.

donatella said... [Reply to comment]

you nailed it again! you're pretty darn good!!!!

Michele said... [Reply to comment]

It is awesome - and how cool is it that my daughter's name begins with an "A" - so I can follow your steps exactly! Thanks for sharing!

Kristine @ JandMs Eye Candy said... [Reply to comment]

LOVE this! So fun and simple! Thanks for sharing!

We host a linky party "Strut Your Stuff Sunday!" We would love for you to link up! We appreciate it!!

Kristine
www.jandmseyecandy.blogspot.com

Jordan McCollum said... [Reply to comment]

This is great! It reminds me of an award-winning wire sculpture one of my sisters did in high school (of a hand). I'm going to send this to her--she just had a baby and LOVE monograms for her new daughter!

Here from Sisters of the Wild West

shopannies said... [Reply to comment]

love this idea was wondering how you did it was happy to see you shared your tip of how to come see what I shared at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

Brit @ JandMs Eye Candy said... [Reply to comment]

I have a thing for letters too! I am going to steal some of your creativity on this one! I love it, and not to much $$ makes me :)
Thanks for linking up and sharing with us today! We appreciate it!
Britney
www.jandmseyecandy.blogspot.com

Antonella said... [Reply to comment]

This is such a great tutorial! I am going to have to keep this in my "some day" projects :-)

I stopped over from J&Ms Strut Your Stuff link party where I've linked up too, pop on over if you get a chance.

Hugs, Antonella :-)

Jamie said... [Reply to comment]

Awesome idea! I totally plan to give this a shot! Thanks for sharing with us!

putasporkinit said... [Reply to comment]

Hi Jennifer,

I just came across these repurposed cork letters on Etsy and remembered reading your post a while back. Thought you might like them!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/CreativeCorksNMore?section_id=7961551&page=1

-Jen

Inspire Me Heather said... [Reply to comment]

Wow, too cool! I think this is just fantastic and linked it to my letters and numbers post today, well done!

~FARM CHIC~ said... [Reply to comment]

Way to go! Love that you shared how you did it, so fab!
Kim

Mrs. Dixon said... [Reply to comment]

Dixon is my last name too! Yay! Thank you for the inspiration!

A Girl's Guilty Pleasures said... [Reply to comment]

Wow, I am amazed by your creativity!! I am definitely going to try this sometime...so cool! Thanks for the idea!

-M

agirlsguiltypleasures.blogspot.com