Monday, July 7, 2008

Wired Up

I am not a scrapbooker. Unfortunately there are only so many hours in the day. If I took up scrapbooking, on top of my other past times, I would probably find two well dressed people standing at my door. One would flash me a badge showing that they were family service agents, while the other hauled away my children and husband because I had neglected them, and my house, while I had happily wiled away hours and hours of time.
However, I do occasionally cruise the scrapbook supply aisles. One day a package containing words that had been formed by twisting thin wire caught my eye. That package was the inspiration for this project.
First, I went to the home improvement store (my home away from home), and I picked up some 14 gauge wire and a package of double tipped tacks/cloth staples. I found a cedar fence slat in my wood supply and cut it down to size. I grabbed some wire cutter pliers.
I twisted the wire into cursive letters using my hands. The pliers were used for crimping some of the letters. (You could write your word out first on a piece of paper to help determine the correct size and style of the lettering, but I was too lazy.) I spray painted my scrap wood. Once the paint was dry, the wire word was adhered by hammering the staples over the wire and into the wood (tip: use needle nose pliers to hold the staples while hammering). I sanded the edges of the wood and drilled two holes. All that was left was to thread the ribbon, and find a home for my latest project.

13 comments:

Darlene said...

That is soooo neat....what a CUTE idea!! Great job!!

Shirlee said...

Joy, I love your humour (visualizing the "suits" at our door coming to get ya). The sole reason I avoid the scrapbook aisle is because I've heard it's addicting. But if you can find inspiration there, even better.
So in lieu of payment for my position as Prez of JFC (joys fan club) I'll take a (big) discount when you open a shop :). Those signs would sell out & add one to my cart please.

ps the red wall had an accident. I was attempting to install crown moulding by myself. The product said to put adhesive on the ends and well, that was a disaster. I had glue all over my hands and the wall. I knew it was a bad idea and I should have skipped that part. Now I'm waiting for my oldest to come over and help me finish the job sans glue! Then I'll have to repaint the wall. Sigh...

Have a great day! :)

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Cute project. I have just been wanting to paint some signs that I have seen, and they are so expensive in shops so I may give it a try.

Gretchen said...

What a great idea! I can't wait to try making some.

Gretchen

Lacy said...

Super cute and I am with you on the scrapbooking....I would rather do something that can be seen in my home! You have inspired me!

DebbieCalif said...

What a great idea! I absolutely love all the flags and the one you made is amazing. Everything looks wonderful for July 4th. You really did a good job decorating. I just found your blog and I am really enjoying visiting it. I will be back! Blessings, Debbie
ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com

Susie Harris said...

Another great project by Miss Joy! Love it!!! Susie H~

Mrs. Trixi said...

This is very cute. I'll have to think about where I could put this.
Blessings,
Trixi

Susie Harris said...

Joy... it's me again.. thanks for the sweet comment. Wonder Woman..hehe.. My husband says that too. I wonder why she brings every creature into our house... smiles. You are such a dear friend! Thank you! Susie H~

Annalee Barrett said...

What a woman you are joy! WOW! So creative! I wish I had more time for all that stuff! Soon enough I'm sure! I found your blog off Ali's! This is Annalee Allred...Barrett by the way! YEA!

Tausha said...

cute!
I love it!
Love that you can go to the Depot and find craft stuff!
My hubby hates it when I do this!
hates it!
I love it. I usually win!
cute!!

Jill -Forever and Ever House said...

This is sooooooo cool! I love things that are simple yet creative!

Gale said...

I know I sound like a broken record. I can visualize this being used for wedding table numbers or signs on the back of a bride and groom's chair..

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