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Thursday, December 20, 2012

yarn & wire monograms | handmade ornaments & gift toppers

As promised, here's the tutorial for making the yarn wrapped wire initial ornaments we made at the holi-diy event at Anthropologie on Tuesday night. 

First, gather your supplies: plastic coated steel wirequick dry tacky glue or a hot glue gun, yarn or wool roving, and pliers. 

Cut a piece of wire about eight inches long and bend it into the shape of the letter you want to make. You may need to use the pliers to get sharp corners so use them to help you form the letter. Cut a length of yarn about four feet long. 
  
Squeeze a line of glue about an inch long onto one end of the letter. 

Lay the one end of the yarn along the glue, with the end pointing in towards the letter. In the above image, I'm holding the end of the yarn and the length extends off the 'E.' This allows you to hide the end once you start wrapping the yarn.

Begin wrapping the yarn around the wire, starting at the tip of the letter and continuing towards the bend. 

Keep wrapping! Continue until you get to a place where the yarn might slide off. Add a dab of glue, wrap, and hold for about thirty seconds. If you're using hot glue, definitely do not hold the yarn in place! That's for tacky glue users only. You may need to fuss with it a bit to get it looking right.

Wrap until you get to the end of the letter and repeat - glue, wrap, and hold. Trim the yarn, or leave the end hanging if you like that look.

Add a loop of yarn (just cut a few inches and tie it off) so you can hang your new yarn monogram on the tree! E is for Ezra, of course!

Or add the letter to a gift. It definitely makes personalizing each package easy!

If you're really ambitious you can make a word. My needle nose pliers got a workout when I was trying to form the word "joy!"

You can even make a word garland. I hung the word "peace" over one of my chevron canvases and added a few more lengths of yarn so I could hang our Christmas cards with little clothespins. If you were at the workshop Tuesday night or if you make any monograms from the tutorial, send me a picture! I'd love to see how yours turn out!

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