The supplies for this Words with String tutorial are simple and you may already have on hand. If not, here are the list of supplies with (affiliate) links to buy. I did not include the metallic cord as a link though. I already had my metallic string on hand and I did not want to link to one unless I was sure it was the sort needed for this project.
The metallic cord you are looking for has an inner cotton piece that can be removed and is not the stretchy kind.
If you only have wire in cut lengths (like I did) that’s fine too – you’ll just have to work out the length of your words you can do. The Paddle Wire is a great solution, because you could just about write a paragraph of words with that long un-cut length!
You will need:
- Metallic Cord with inner cotton cord (see above)
- Florist wire. Approx 24g – Like this – Paddle Wire 24 Gauge
- Word or Name Template (‘Joy’ available below)
- Print out your word or name. I used Sacramento font if you are wondering. I also changed it slightly in an editing program because the letters didn’t quite join up how I liked. If you want to use Joy, here you go …
- Measure your metallic string on the word for length and cut.
- Pull the cotton inner out of the metallic string slowly.
- Then you will just have the metallic cord ‘shell’ and the plain cotton.
- Align your wire into the metallic string opening.
- Thread all the way through until you have your length for the word.
- Use the print-out as a guide for bending the letters.
- The ends of the metallic string do fray, so …
- Dab a little glue and neatly finish off the letter.
- You can either create a loop at the end, or cut and glue again.
Just thought I’d let Australian readers know, I used this glue, from Aldi. It worked very well. It was a cross between clear craft glue and super glue – hence Craft Super Glue, I suppose. Sets strong, but I found it workable for a little longer than actual super glue. From Aldi – I think about $4 or $5. It finished off the ends of the metallic string just great.
I threaded my ‘Joy’ onto a little pressie wrapped in my Marble Paper (UPDATE 19th December 2015 – Free Marble Paper Printable HERE). The ‘ribbon’ is actually those ribbon things sewn into shirts to
help you hang them get your arms tangled! You know those things 🙂 Well, if you don’t like them either, cut them off and make use of them for little ribbons! I have lots of different colours from doing this.
With this DIY Words with String, you could spell out people’s names for a table setting, gifts or (wine) glass charms. Being wire, you can also bend them around something like a pot plant, or bottle (loops at the end in this case will help you tie it). What do you think – any uses that you might like these for?