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Lunch Hour Crafts #7- Wire Initials

August 9, 2011

Wuv, twoo wuv…anyone? Name that film? Well, it is the summer of weddings here at Lunch Hour Crafts. So far, the weddings have been beautiful and full of crafting. True love indeed.

With weddings come gifts. With gifts come cards. Now, I have a love/hate relationship with expensive cards (Papyrus from Chapters/Write Impressions, I’m looking at you). I really like making my own cards most of the time, but let’s be real- for a wedding, homemade cards don’t always cut it.

With 3 more weddings yet to come this summer, I think I’ve finally found a way to make the ultimate homemade wedding card. Personal, simple, classy, and easily converted to post-wedding wall art.

Get on with the craft explanation, you say? “As you wish!” (That’s another movie hint.)

You’ll need:

– pliable wire (from the craft store) which should be about 2mm in diameter

– glue gun

– cardstock (white, and two coordinating colours. Perhaps the wedding colours?)

– needlenose pliers

To start, write, in cursive (thank you Grade 5 teachers), the initials of the couple getting married, separated with a heart. Practice this on paper several times until you understand how the letters flow and can visualize how to bend the wire.

Next, curl the starting end of your wire in a tight little curl, and start making the first letter. Based on the cursive you wrote, shape the letter, leaving a gap and then shaping the heart, then finishing the last initial with a curl. It is simple once you get some practice. One tip is to use the pliers to pinch some of your turns tight, but not all of them. This gives definition to the letters- again, takes practice to see what looks right.

Use the pliers to make tight curves

Make your card- fold a half sheet (8.5″x5.5″) of cardstock to make a normal sized card. Glue a smaller (2.5″x4″) white rectangle on a slightly larger framing rectangle, and glue both onto the card, being careful to center.

Take your beautiful initials and lay them on the card. Check which parts of the wire lay against the card and apply a small drop of hot glue to each of these spots (I usually do 3-4 dots of glue in total) and quickly stick onto the card before the glue cools.

You’re done! Pick up a matching envelope and you have a classy yet homemade card. The best part is that the bride and groom can frame the card when they’re done reading it- just fit it into a raised shadowbox style frame.

No time to make it yourself? Custom order in the Lunch Hour Crafts Etsy shop!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Abby permalink
    August 9, 2011 1:55 am

    Princess Bride! -Abby

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