How to make wire ornaments | DIY tutorial
A simple tutorial on how to make wire ornaments for your Christmas tree or decorate your home this holiday season.
Are you looking for a unique way to decorate your Christmas tree this season? Have you ever thought about making custom ornaments?
There are many different ways to make an ornament, but this tutorial is about how to make wire ornaments.
They’re simple and elegant, and they complement any holiday decor. And they are easier to make than you would think!
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DIY Wire ornaments
- decorative wire (any color you want)
- scrap board (size of printout)
- wire cutters
STEP 1: PRINTOUT DESIGN
The first step is deciding on your design. I chose two classics: a star and a Christmas tree.
To find the template, I searched the internet for black and white clip art for the object I wanted. Then, I saved the image to my computer.
I would recommend resizing the object so that it is around 4″ to 5″. You can make whatever size you would like, as long as it fits on your wooden board.
Once you have the image you want, print the object onto paper. Trim to the size of the board.
SIDE NOTE: You can also get creative and freehand the design!
STEP 2: SECURE THE DESIGN TO THE WOOD
Once you’ve printed your design, attach the paper to the scrap board with tape. I would recommend placing enough tape so the paper does not move around.
And don’t worry about centering the paper perfectly on the board.
STEP 3: PLACE NAILS
To build your template, place nails onto the design wherever there is a point or an arc. Also, place the nails anywhere else you need to give the template the correct shape.
TIP: Place a nail on the inside of a point and the outside of the indent point.
STEP 4: WRAP THE WIRE AROUND THE TEMPLATE
Unroll the decorative wire, leaving about 1-1/2″ to 2″ at the top of the template. This is so you can secure the end of the wires together.
Then, start wrapping the wire around the template following the paper design, alternating between going over and under the nails.
TIP: To give you a better point, wrap the wire around the nail, pull it firmly, then move to the next nail. See the video for an example of this.
Once you return to the start, wrap the beginning end around the wire. Then, remove the wire design from the template.
Adjust anything that you feel needs to be adjusted to get the shape you want. Then, create your hook and cut the wire with wire cutters.
Repeat the steps to create another wire ornament using the same template.
To use a different template, you can remove the nails or use a new board.
These wire ornaments will look beautiful on any tree and you can even include them on wreaths or other holiday decorations. Have fun with it!
I hope this tutorial helps you make wire ornaments to decorate your home this holiday season.
Just in case you’re interested in more holiday home projects:
- DIY lighted outdoor Christmas tree
- DIY Happy Holidays Wood Sign with lights
- Simple Christmas Hoop Wreath
- DIY Winter wreath with magnolia leaves
- Let It Snow throw pillow cover
- Merry Christmas Wood Sign
How beautiful! They will look so nice on the tree with the greenery and lights showing and it would make a beautiful ornament garland.
I agree! Thanks, Jenny!
I LOVE these wire ornaments!! I would not have thought about using a piece of wood and nails to shape it!! Such a great idea!! They are wonderful!
Thank you, Christine!
These are gorgeous, I love the simplicity!!!
Thank you, Katrin!
I just love simple ornaments like this, Megan! Thanks for the amazing tutorial, too.
Thanks, Meegan! I like how simple they are too!
These are so cute, Megan. Love it. Adding them to my round up. :)
Thank you, Stephanie!
Love the simplicity of these ornaments! They’d look great hanging in a window, too. Pinned!
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