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.
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 😉
And it’s such a fantastic feeling knowing that you made something yourself, am I right? 😉
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.
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.
If you use blockposter.com you need to tape all the pages together to form one large sketch or template.
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…..
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.
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
When adding interesting details, like flowers and ruffles, it’s best to use thinner wire. It’s more forgiving, easier to work with, and great for joining two pieces together.
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 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.
Use the thinner wire to attach the dress to the hanger.
Embellish the dress any way you want to. Ruffles or gathers work well ……..
……… or trim the wire dress with some flowers. It’s entirely up to you.
I would love to know what you think of the wire dresses.
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.
Pssst; if you want to try your hand at some other wire art projects, here are a few to get you started:
- Art Deco wire birdcage
- Writing with wire
- Creative wire picture frames
- Bicycle wheel tree of life
- Matilda the Spider’s web
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 😉
And if you’d prefer to buy rather than DIY, then these beauties will work.
As always, here’s wishing you a beautiful, love-filled week. Happy crafting, my friend. Thank you for popping in for a visit.