Creating wall art isn’t something that should only be done by the pros. You can make your own with this DIY wire dress tutorial. They’re elegant, whimsical and loads of fun too.

Add little elegance and whimsy to your wall art with this DIY wire dress tutorial. Made from jewelry wire, it's rustic and fun to do. Includes dress template and instructions for printing. Can be hung indoors or out. #WireArt #DIYTutorial #ACraftyMix #WallDecor

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love supporting our local artists, but if the only art you can afford is mass produced, you may just want to get those creative juices flowing and make one a few of these instead 😉

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Add little elegance and whimsy to your wall art with this DIY wire dress tutorial. Made from jewelry wire, it's rustic and fun to do. Includes dress template and instructions for printing. Can be hung indoors or out. #WireArt #DIYTutorial #WallDecor

And it’s such a fantastic feeling knowing that you made something yourself, am I right? 😉

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What you need to make the wire dress

I love using wire to create art. It’s so relaxing, and the wire seems to take on a life of its own as you bend and twist it around a form. For the wire dresses, I used 14 and 20 gauge black jewelry wire. We had a whole bunch left over from when we made the tree of life.

What you need to make the wire dress. #WireArt #DIYTutorial #WallDecor

Besides the wire you’ll also need:

  • Wire cutters and needle nose pliers
  • Rough sketch of a dress. You can download the ones I used here – dress 1 and here – dress 2. Just right click on the picture and select “Save Image As”.
  • Paper and printer
  • Sticky tape
  • Protective glasses – wire tends to jump around a lot while you’re working with it, so those glasses are essential. You don’t want to stab your eyes out 😉

All righty then, let’s make some art, shall we? Before you start, you need to enlarge and print your rough sketch.

How to Enlarge and Print at Home

To enlarge a sketch you can either get a print shop to do it for you, or you can use a free online tool called blockposter.com and print them at home. Simply upload the sketch and choose a size. It’s pretty straightforward. I’ve added a video below that will show you how to use it.

How to use BlockPoster

If you use blockposter.com you need to tape all the pages together to form one large sketch or template.

Using blockposter to create large prints to use as a template for making a wire dress. #BlockPoster #WireArt #DIYTutorial

Making the Wire Dress

We’ll be using the enlarged sketch to guide us while we make the dress. Tape the thicker wire (14 gauge) down somewhere on your sketch. When making the dresses, I usually start at the top and work my way down. With the first dress, I started in the middle of the neckline where the little bow goes…..

Bending the wire to make ruffles with video tutorial #WireArt #DIYTutorial #WallDecor

And on the second dress, I worked my way around the buttons first before doing the rest of the dress. Just follow the sketch lines with the wire and tape it down as you go. Sticky tape is your best friend when it comes to making wire art.

Bending the wire around tight corners and making buttons #WireArt #DIYTutorial #WallDecor

Don’t worry too much if the wire and the sketch don’t match up exactly. Let your hands guide you and go with the flow. For sharp bends, you may need to use your needle nose pliers. Or if you’re really strong you can do it by hand. I find that the pliers make it much easier to get the exact curve bend.

Bending the wire around tight corners. #WireArt #DIYTutorial #WallDecor

When adding interesting details, like flowers and ruffles, it’s best to use the thinner wire. It’s more forgiving, easier to work with and it’s great for joining two pieces together too.

Bending the wire to make flowers with video tutorial #WireArt #DIYTutorial #WallDecor

You can watch the video below to see how I did those. For more wire bending tips and tricks you can have a look at how I made Mozart.

Making Wire Ruffles and Flowers - Wire Dress Art

Making a Branch Hanger

To finish the wire dress off and add something a little more special I made some hangers using dried branches. They would look lovely hanging from a piece of driftwood too. To make the branch hangers, look for “V” shaped branches or twigs that are about an inch thick.

Drill a hole through the branch at the point of the “V” and insert a hook-shaped piece of wire.

Add little elegance and whimsy to your wall art with this DIY wire dress tutorial. Made from jewelry wire, it's rustic and fun to do. Includes dress template and instructions for printing. Can be hung indoors or out. #WireArt #DIYTutorial #WallDecor

Use the thinner wire to attach the dress to the hanger.


Bending the wire around tight corners and making buttons #WireArt #DIYTutorial #WallDecor

Embellish the dress anyway you want to. Ruffles or gathers work well ……..

Bending the wire to make ruffles with video tutorial #WireArt #DIYTutorial #WallDecor

……… or trim the wire dress with some flowers. It’s entirely up to you.

Bending the wire to make flowers with video tutorial #WireArt #DIYTutorial #WallDecor

I would love to know what you think of the wire dresses.

Add little elegance and whimsy to your wall art with this DIY wire dress tutorial. Made from jewelry wire, it's rustic and fun to do. Includes dress template and instructions for printing. Can be hung indoors or out. #WireArt #DIYTutorial #WallDecor

Is it something you would make to hang on your wall?

If you like the idea of making a wire dress (or two 😉 ), don’t forget to pin it for later.

Add little elegance and whimsy to your wall art with this DIY wire dress tutorial. Made from jewelry wire, it's rustic and fun to do. Includes dress template and instructions for printing. Can be hung indoors or out. #WireArt #DIYTutorial #WallDecor

Pssst; if you want to try your hand at some other wire art projects, here are a few to get you started:

And if you’re looking for some of the things we used, we’ve got you covered Disclosure: Clicking on the links below, means we may receive a commission from Amazon. But don’t worry it won’t come out of your pocket, and it helps us make more amazing crafts to share with you 😉

Mandala Crafts Anodized Aluminum Wire for Sculpting, Armature, Jewelry Making, Gem Metal Wrap, Garden, Colored and Soft, 1 Roll(22 Gauge, Black)
HP OfficeJet 3830 All-in-One Wireless Printer, HP Instant Ink, Works with Alexa (K7V40A)
The Beadsmith Anodized Aluminum Wire – 12 Gauge – 39 feet – Black Color – Bendable Craft Wire Used to Jewelry Making, Wire Wrapping, Sculpting, Floral, Modeling and Other DIY Arts & Crafts

And if you’d rather buy rather than DIY, then these beauties will work.

Darice, Metal Dress Form Jewelry Display, Black
SouvNear Wedding Dress Hanger, 18 x 0.75 Inches, Brown
MyGift Vintage Designers Black Metal Adjustable Wire Frame Dress Form Display Stand/Freestanding Mannequin Garment Rack

As always, here’s wishing you a beautiful, love-filled week. Happy crafting my friends. Thank you for popping in for a visit.

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