Fall Sign│Twine Craft. A couple of days ago, I shared a post on how to preserve fall leaves for decorating your home. You might recognize the picture above from that post. Those pretty leaves are from our gardens, and thanks to an application of mod podge, they won’t be drying out or shriveling up. Check out that post, and a side-by-step guide to preserving fall leaves HERE. Today I am going to show you how I made the “Fall” sign that you see in the middle of the frame.
You will need some wire, a big roll of twine, and a pair of pliers. The wire doesn’t have to be too thick, but it needs to have some strength. If it is too thin, it may not hold it’s shape for longer words. The wire that I used was about 2mm thick. Any kind of twine can be used too – you can make that decision based on the type of look you want to get. If you only have wool, that will work just fine as well. A pair of flat pliers are great for squeezing the wire down in certain places, and a sharp pair would be good for cutting. I used one long piece so I only had to cut the wire in one place.
THE WORD. Decide what word you would like to create, and then consider what style of font would look good for those letters. Sometimes starting a cursive work with a capital letter doesn’t work well for the frame, other times capital letters look awesome. Play around with some designs on paper before you begin.
THE WIRE. Once you know exactly what you want to do, clear a work space and begin positioning the wire. I found that it worked better when I lay a letter down and then placed a couple of books onto it. That way it wouldn’t fly around and hit my hands (and face) while I worked on the next letter. This part takes some time, and you might feel like giving up… But stick with it! Eventually the word will start coming together.
THE BENDS. The bends and connections in the letters are very important. These are the parts that might be a bit of a struggle. Try to define them well, and use the flat-nosed pliers to clamp down on the bends. This will keep them in place and prevent sliding. You’ll see that the top of the “a” took some careful planning. It works well to draw the exact positioning of the wire on paper first. Don’t pick up your pencil at all while you are planing the path for the wire. This will help you see where the wire needs to double over, or wrap around.
STRAIGHTENING OUT. With all the letters complete, hold the word up and make sure that it has enough strength to maintain it’s form. Make sure the letters all look good, and that the cursive flows nicely.
THE TWINE. Finally, start at one end and begin wrapping the twine around the wire. This part takes some time but it is quite simple. For this step you will have to cut the twine a few times. Doubling back will make certain parts of the letters thicker than others. For best effect – Aim to keep all parts of the letters only one layer thick.
HANG OR FRAME. When you are done with the twine, your sign is ready to be hung.
I put two nails in the back of my gold frame and wrapped the ends of the wire around those.