We love using copper wire for DIY projects because it is such a versatile material. One trend that we’ve been noticing is using wire to create scripty words that you can use for art pieces and home decor. In the past we’ve shared wire word projects like Christmas gift toppers and cheery messages for your plants. Today we are sharing the template for a brand new set of words for the spring season, plus an instructional video to help you as you go! When you are finished with the wire words, some of our favorite ways to use them are as cake toppers or as decorative accents to your flower bouquets and potted plants.
Tools & Materials
- Round Nose Pliers
- Needle Nose Pliers
- Wire Cutters
- 20 Gauge copper wire
Generally the thinner the wire, the more easy it will be to bend it. We usually use copper wire, which you can find at your local hardware store or online, but you can also use silver or gold wires instead. To get started, download the PDF below with the template for the words bloom, sweet and happy. Once you have your materials ready, watch the video below to learn how to bend wire into letters! Some of our main tips for making wire words are:
- Use a template for consistency
There is no need to free-hand your words! If you do, they might end up looking jumbled or the letters may have awkward spacing between them. You want your words to look as cohesive as possible, especially if you are making a set. Pick out a script font that you love, or use our PDF template below.
- Try to keep the wire as flat as possible against your surface
While you are bending the wire, lay it flat against your table, directly on top of your template. It will make it much easier to bend the wire so that it is straight and even.
- Use pliers to help with tight corners and curves
Create pointier angles, like for the top of the S, by using a pair of pliers, as shown in the video. For letters that overlap, like the L’s, use the pliers to flatten the wires against each other.
- Take it slowly and practice as much as you need!
This is supposed to be fun and you don’t have to feel like a master at this on your first try! There is no rush, so go as slowly as you need and consider practicing with a few individual wire letters before crafting an entire word.
To find all of the crafty possibilities that you can make with copper wire, browse through our collection of copper wire projects. And let us know how your projects go! Leave a comment below with feedback or suggestions for projects you want to see in the future, or share your project photos using #DIYDreamingWithLia. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for daily doses of pretty, or head to our membership page to join our community of creatives. Lots of love! ~ Lia & Team