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Wire Dress Wall Art Tutorial

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 #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 leftover 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, 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

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)
Sale HP OfficeJet 3830 All-in-One Wireless Printer, HP Instant Ink & Amazon Dash Replenishment Ready (K7V40A)
BeadSmith WCR-4103 11.8m Aluminum Craft Wire, Black, (12 gauge/39ft)

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

Darice, Metal Dress Form Jewelry Display
Sale SouvNear SG-SNPR-056 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.

Made with love by a Crafty Mix

Categories:   Craft Tutorials, Home Decor Crafts, Quick & Easy Crafts, Wire Crafts


  • Posted: May 19, 2019 08:09

    terry alexander

    I'm not able to get the full tutorial what am I doing wrong
    • Posted: May 19, 2019 09:25


      Oh dear Terry, I'm sorry to hear that. Are you struggling to download the images or is the written tutorial in the blog post unclear?
  • Posted: May 11, 2019 17:42

    Kim Howell

    I LOVE THIS!!! <3 I have been really interested in doing wire/wall art for sometime now...I live in Texas and as you might guess barbed wire is plentiful. I know it is a much thicker wire than is in the video. Other than using a larger needle-nose pliers, do you have any pointers on how to simplify bending the thicker barbed wire?? Looking forward to seeing more of your projects!
    • Posted: May 12, 2019 04:58


      Hey there Kim, so glad you like the dresses 😍 Other than pliers and really thick leather gloves 😉 basic wooden shapes help a lot. Softer wood works best. We've cut pine circles, triangles, and a square and use those to help shape the wire around. I hope it helps and that you have lots of fun making your wire art creations
  • Posted: May 1, 2019 13:45


    You ARE a local artist!
    • Posted: May 1, 2019 14:38


      🤗 That's so special, thank you. You've just made my day
  • Posted: May 1, 2019 13:27


    I have loads of wire hangers. Would that type of wire work with this type of project? Not exactly sure what gauge it is.
    • Posted: May 1, 2019 13:42


      Hey there Sandy, wire hangers could work, but they'll be a little more difficult to bend. They're normally a 10 or 12 gauge. If you can't find jewelry wire I would suggest going to a hardware store and bending the various wires they sell. If you can bend it with your hands and it doesn't jump back it will work. You can also ask for baling wire - that's a 14 gauge. Best of luck and shout anytime if you need more info
  • Posted: April 30, 2019 19:52


    When I click on the links you provided for the pics you made, they are the same one. Do you have the sketch of the dress that you actually show in this tutorial?
    • Posted: May 1, 2019 08:36


      Thank you so much for pointing that out Michele. I've fixed the link so you should be able to download the sketches of both dresses now.
  • Posted: April 13, 2019 03:11


    LOVE this!! I can't wait to get my own wire and make one! This is one of THE most creative things I have ever seen. I'm signing up for your emails.
    • Posted: April 13, 2019 05:06


      Thank you Tina, I'm so happy to hear that and really appreciate it
  • Posted: March 30, 2019 06:56


    Oh my gosh Michelle, I think this one is the most amazing piece of art you've created, I'm blown away! This is so freakin unique! LOVE IT!
    • Posted: March 30, 2019 12:07


      😊 😊 😊 😊 😊 I can't tell you how much that means to mean Katrin. I love your decor style. Thanks so much
  • Posted: March 29, 2019 00:28


    Michelle, your dress is truly a work of art! I can't imagine how many hours it took to create it, but it is quite attractive. Where are you going to display it? I just love it!
    • Posted: March 29, 2019 05:18


      Hey Florence, I missed you so much 💓 The dresses only take about 30 minutes to do once the template has been printed and taped together. These two are going down to our holiday home. I painted a portrait of the hubby a few years back and I'm hoping we can add a dress on either side of the portrait and start building up a gallery wall. Well that's the plan anyway 😉
  • Posted: March 23, 2019 13:26


    You are so creative and talented, Michelle! This wire dressform art is truly stunning!
    • Posted: March 24, 2019 08:09


      Thank you so much Gail, I really appreciate that. Your stuff is always so beautiful
  • Posted: March 20, 2019 03:21


    This is totally amazing as always Michelle. I have been keeping an eye out for an antique dress form for my laundry room. This idea has possibilities. Pinning, I just love it.
    • Posted: March 20, 2019 05:35


      So glad you like it Leanna. Thank you. The wire dress would look great in a laundry room
  • Posted: March 18, 2019 17:50

    [email protected] diem

    Dear Michelle, I had to look twice before I realised it is made of wire. Your talent and your ideas are amazing! This wire dress makes such a perfect focal point in a Garden. Looking forward to your new project ❤
    • Posted: March 20, 2019 06:00


      Thank you so very much Ana. I've missed seeing you in the blogging world. I hope you're doing well and enjoying the first signs of Spring in beautiful Croatia 💓
  • Posted: March 18, 2019 16:10


    Oh my word girl, just hang on...I had to pick my jaw up from the floor. Absolutely beautiful and if you didn't live so far away, I'd be placing an order! Me and wire, no matter the gauge, equals lots of bandaids.
    • Posted: March 18, 2019 16:20


      ❤ One day when we've saved enough to go visit the kids on your side of the world Marie I'm bringing wire and beer with me, my friend, cos I'm so going to make you one while we catch up
  • Posted: March 18, 2019 16:02

    Kathryn Arlene Wall

    These are too adorable! I cannot wait to try my hand at making one and incorporating my beads for embellishment. I do love the look of all wire, too!
    • Posted: March 18, 2019 16:08


      I'm doing a little dance right now Kathryn. Adding a bead necklace or beaded buttons sounds amazing. Please, please share yours when your done
  • Posted: March 18, 2019 15:04


    That is just divine. I love the touch of the branch hanger.
  • Posted: March 18, 2019 15:01

    Dorothy Ensz

    How did you know? I just made a Pinterest board filled with wire art, but I couldn't figure out how to fit it into my decor. And now here you have the perfect piece for my "French" Laundry/office/everything room.
    • Posted: March 18, 2019 15:58


      Hey Dorothy 💓 I'm so happy to see you again. The wire dresses look great in any room but I bet you and Kim will take it to a whole new level. Making wire art is so much fun. I kinda zone out every time I make something
  • Posted: March 17, 2019 13:23

    Cheryl Lawson

    I LOVE these wire dresses! Thank you so much for posting the tutorial. Happy St. Patrick's Day! Cheryl
    • Posted: March 18, 2019 13:17


      🍺 Cheers Cheryl and happy St Paddy's day to you too
  • Posted: March 17, 2019 12:28

    Susan Homeroad Stevenson

    This is just AMAZING! I think this would look so pretty hung in a sewing room or a little girls room, I just love it and your tutorial is perfect!
    • Posted: March 18, 2019 13:17


      👍 Thank you so much Susan
  • Posted: March 16, 2019 00:40


    What a stunning idea, Michelle!!!!!!!!!!! Kisses, my friend.
    • Posted: March 16, 2019 15:02


      Thank you, Mia and kisses right back at you 😘
  • Posted: March 15, 2019 13:58

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    This is sooo cool Michelle! I have worked with wire so I know how difficult it can be. This is truly amazing and beautiful! Loved your videos very nicely done! I will have to check out that online tool.
    • Posted: March 15, 2019 15:01


      BlockPoster is really handy. I use it all the time to print large things, especially transfers. No one has time to run off to the print shop 😉
  • Posted: March 15, 2019 00:02


    Michelle, This is absolutely amazing!! And so intricate!! You must have the patience of Saint!! I love how it turned out!! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comment!! Hugs, Debbie
    • Posted: March 15, 2019 13:30


      I don't know about the patience bit Debbie 😉 The dresses are pretty quick to make once you get the feel of the wire and having a template to work from does make it so much easier
  • Posted: March 14, 2019 18:17

    Christina Makri

    If this is not art then what???? I am absolutely amazed, my sweet friend by your fantasy and skills!!! Gorgeous!
    • Posted: March 15, 2019 13:31


      🤗 Thank you so much Christina
  • Posted: March 12, 2019 09:33

    Julia @ Vintage with Laces

    OMG, Michelle, what a fantastic idea! Those dresses are just gorgeous and real eye-catchers!!! 😍 Great job!
  • Posted: March 12, 2019 00:49


    Michelle this is truly a remarkable work of art. I know just how hard it is to work with wire, I don't know why I know that but I do. You managed to wrestle that wire and create something so elegant and beautiful out of it. I would be proud to have it hanging on my wall.
    • Posted: March 12, 2019 05:13


      So happy you like the dresses Mary 😘 Some wire is easier than others to twist and bend, it just depends on the gauge. Jewelry wire tends to be a little softer and more pliant and they do come in the most amazing colors too.
  • Posted: March 11, 2019 16:33


    Outstanding. You are a true artist my friend.
  • Posted: March 11, 2019 14:36


    Wow, that is one awesome wire craft, Michelle! And I can imagine how much work is that, amazing! Love it!
    • Posted: March 11, 2019 15:47


      😘 Thanks so much Mel. They go really quickly once you get the hang of bending the wire along the lines

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