Always a fan of Anthropologie’s wares, I was looking through their home decor section when I came across a Wire Script Sculpture for hanging on the wall. I liked the idea but the price was pretty hefty–$58–for what is essentially a piece of wire bent into words. Plus, as a nerdy DIY-er, my first thought was naturally, hey I bet I could make that. Turns out, I was right.
- wire clippers
- hammer and very small nails
- optional: needle nose or jewelry pliers; ribbon
*Wire comes in all different gauges, the thicker the wire, the lower the number gauge. Thicker wires look more substantial on the wall but are also harder to bend. Wire comes plain, as the metal it’s made of, or you can get them coated in different-colored vinyl. For this project I used a 12 gauge black coated wire that I found at JoAnn in the jewelry making section.
Start bending the wire into the letters of the word you want to spell. If you’re having trouble getting smooth lines with your wire, you can use pliers to help bend the wire. BUT, if you do this, put a cloth over the wire where you’ll be using the pliers, otherwise you’re likely to scrape away the vinyl or ding up the metal in the places where the pliers touch the wire.
Some letters are a bigger hassle than others (the letter “t” for instance would be a bear) so let that inform the word you choose. The first word I did was “yum” because I wanted to hang it in the kitchen, and it was pretty easy to form after some practice.
I like that the letters are a little bumpy and not quite perfect. Once you have finished your word, hang on the wall–you’ll need at least two small nails to do this, and it may take some experimenting to figure out the best placement for the nails. In the word “yum” above there’s a nail at the top of the “y” in the second loop, and also at the bottom of the second loop of the “u.”
The second piece I made, also for the kitchen, is the word “cook” and you can see the tiny nails in the first photo, at the top of the “c” and the “k.” If you use a small nail, no one will be able to tell how it’s hung unless they get right up next to it.
Another option for hanging is to put one nail in the wall, and then attach a ribbon or twine to the word. Here I did someone’s initials “dns”, then hung it with a simple reel of ribbon I bought from Target’s $1 bin. I think this would be especially cute in a kid’s room.
Give it a try and let us know how it turns out!