The Luckiest

8 Feb

Luckiest

I love typographic decor, from 3D letters to Helvetica prints to letterpress pieces. When I spotted a wire word wrapped in yarn over on Family Chic, I immediately knew I’d have to try it. We can only have so many J’s and G’s decorating our house, after all! This Christmas, I finally had the word, the time and the occasion.

Luckiest

I chose “Luckiest” because Greg and I danced our first dance to Ben Folds’ The Luckiest. Perhaps it would have been a better as an anniversary gift, but oh well. Now we can enjoy it five months sooner! A similarly meaningful word would make a great Valentine’s gift.

Supplies:
14 gauge primary wire*
Thick yarn
Hot glue

* I basically bought the thickest flexible wire I could find. The original directions called for wire-reinforced clothesline, but I couldn’t find that at our home improvement stores.

Wire word supplies

1. Firmly bend the wire into cursive letters just as you would write them. Some of the letters won’t hold their shape until the yarn is added.

Ready to wrap

When you need to double back with the wire, for example, at the top of the “c”, put the second layer of wire behind rather than next to the first. This keeps the letters from getting too wide.

Forming the letters

Forming the letters

2. Trim wire.

3. Cut a piece of yarn 18-20″ long. Don’t use a strand that’s too long, or it will be difficult to wrap through loops. I learned this the hard way!

4. Start by holding the yarn end in place about an inch from the end of the wire. Begin wrapping at the end of the wire and continue all the way down, covering up the end of the yarn.

Use this technique whenever you need to start a new strand of yarn, as well. Leave about an inch of the old piece unwrapped and add an inch of the new piece of yarn, then wrap over them both.

Starting wrapping

Wrapping down the end

Covering the end

Continue wrapping

A finished end

5. Wrap criss-cross at the joints to secure the two strands of wire together and hold the shape of the letter.

Wrapping along

6. At the very end, attach the yarn to the back of the end with a dab of hot glue.

7. Trim any excess yarn.

The Luckiest

8. Hang your lovely word with a few small nails!

Living room wall

Living room wall

5 Responses to “The Luckiest”

  1. Christine 09. Feb, 2012 at 5:47 am #

    Oh what a great idea! The possibilities abound!

  2. Christine 09. Feb, 2012 at 5:52 am #

    How much yarn did it take? More than one skein?

  3. Jennifer 09. Feb, 2012 at 11:28 am #

    I should have kept track of the length more diligently, but less than one skein. My 90 yard/super chunky skein hardly appears to have a dent in it!

  4. kathy 10. Feb, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

    hard not to get tear-y…

  5. Trish 11. Feb, 2012 at 10:36 am #

    I love it! It’s super cute and very thoughtful! I am going to try it for Valentine’s Day! Now to choose the right word…

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