Working with wire

Working with wire


Posted 5th Mar 2018


Rabbits, chickens and flowers – these Easter decorations are easy to make and bring a seasonal touch to your home

1 Green, cream and yellow – three little colourful chickens that can be made using paper wire or simply painting white wire with watercolour. A little brown paper is glued to the back of the figures (see instructions in part three below). The nest is made from moss and has been decorated with eggs, feathers and flowers.

2 This rabbit’s face acts as a clip to keep the Easter greeting in place and the gift bag closed. It works the same way as a paper clip (you can find the rabbit template here). To finish it off, little teeth have been fastened on and eyes drawn in.

3 A pair of rabbits enjoy a tête-à-tête at the Easter table. The figures are attached to a twig so that they can easily be moved from the table to decorate a windowsill or shelf instead. Ribbons around their necks add a lovely finish.

4 Candles also make good canvases for seasonal decorations. You can make simple wire shapes like flowers and Easter eggs and attach using pearl cotton. You can also make a ring of grass or boxwood to sit the candles in. Viola and pansy flowers look lovely stuck in amongst the branches or stems. The whole thing is arranged on the lid of a glass preserving jar. No need to throw the jars away though, once the candles are finished you can put the lids back in their rightful place.

5 A little rabbit adorns this Easter bouquet made from hornbeam and cherry blossom. The hanging decoration, made from white paper wire, perfectly complements these delicate flowers. The instructions for making your own wire figures can be found below.

Part two: making your own wire figures

1 Adding a beautiful touch to the scene is this hanging heart decoration, made with pink tissue paper. Paper wire shaped into a circle makes a pretty frame in which to fasten the hanging heart. The whole thing is tied to a twig with a little ribbon.

2 Who’s that hiding in there? Two little rabbits hop about among the spring flowers. Colourful tissue paper in pink and yellow make sure the rabbits don’t stay hidden for long! Kebab skewers have been fastened to the back of the rabbits using strips of glue, making them perfect for sticking into your plants in the springtime. Add them to potted plants like this candytuft to create a charming little gift. They look even better if the container is wrapped in some tissue paper, with quails’ or colourful hens’ eggs placed among the flowers. Wicker baskets or bark tubs make excellent cache pots. Tip Glued onto a skewer, the wire rabbits can also be used to decorate Easter bouquets. Add a name to the figures to give your presents that extra personal touch.

3 Easter greetings! The wire figures slot perfectly into an envelope, acting both as a card design and a little present for the recipient. So that they can hang the figure straight up, simply leave it loose in the envelope or attach it to the card with an elastic band.

4 A pair of decorative ears add a whimsical touch to the humble boiled egg – sure to raise a smile over Easter brunch! To make your own, make a ring from paper wire (measure it out by wrapping it directly around the circumference of the egg). Then make the ears using two more pieces of wire and attach them to the ring.

5 Dinner is served! Thanks to the place settings made from a pebble and some wire, every guest knows where to sit. 6 A hanging mobile that’s as light as a feather! The wire is overlapped to form a circle or oval. A separate piece is used to make the hanger and holder for the feather. Decorate with ribbons and hang your mobile onto a hazel branch.

Part three

You will need:

Paper wire (white or natural)
Wrapping wire (approx. 0.6mm thick)
Aside cutter and craft pliers for shaping the wire.

Depending on the project, you may also need:

Wrapping or tissue paper
Glue stick
Scissors
Feathers
Ribbon
Water
Poster paint.

Plus: relevant templates (you can download the templates here).

1 Make your desired size by enlarging or shrinking the template when copying it out. This will act as your guide. Cut out a piece of wire (we used paper wire in ‘natural’) with the side cutter and shape. Keep comparing it against the template as you go along. It doesn’t have to be exact – each wire figure is unique and little variations make them even more special.

2 If you are working with paper wire, you can always use glue on your figure. Cut out generously sized pieces of colourful wrapping or tissue paper in the shape of the figure. Go around the outer edges with the glue stick and press the wire figure on top. Leave to dry. Should there be too much of a border on some edges, you can cut the excess away. Finish it off with some poster paint, if desired.





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