03.01.12

MAKE IT / 5


photos by jen gotch

i hope you have last week’s stir stick firmly planted in your strong drink, in the sturdy grip of your clenched manicured hand right about now, because this week’s craft is a pretty knock-your-socks-off kind of DIY. what do i think is so special about these wire vases? let me count the ways. first of all, when poking around for inspiration, images of these ethereal shapes began to to find bri and i until we could no longer ignore them (and why would we want to?) secondly, these delicate beauties are so simple to make and cost well under $5 each while delivering such a sucker punch of style.


the cool thing about these vases is that you can make them in so many different colors, sizes and shapes. they look great styled alone, with other cool pieces on a shelf or grouped in multiples (my personal favorite!) when you layer several in different shades and wire textures they create this amazing illusion of movement where the wire overlaps and makes a moire pattern. now, let’s get into the important stuff: how you can make these at home.


what you’ll need:
• chicken wire (sold by the foot at most hardware stores in different patterns and thicknesses.) i used two different sizes of poultry wire and a mesh.
• wire cutters
• interesting shaped glass objects to use as a “mold”
• smaller pieces of wire
• hot glue gun
• spray paint

the steps:
first, cut the wire down to workable sized pieces after you decide what shape you’d like them to be. wrap the wire around your mold object and form it into the desired shape. you may want to wear gloves to avoid being poked!

then:
use the smaller wire pieces or hot glue gun to fasten it into a closed object. bend the wire at the bottom to create a sturdy surface so the object can stand freely. finish with spray paint. now style and stand back to admire their shapely silhouettes and your superior handy work.

see you next week! alex

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20 COMMENTS

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    These are so cute! It seems like such a fun project. Thanks for sharing!

    jeni says:

    so simple and easy! loving this idea!

    Sarah says:

    Very cool! I love the shapes! They’re bold, but so delicate at the same time! Lovely! Can’t wait to try this one out!

    Maggie says:

    Oh, what a fantastic idea! Can’t wait to try this out!

    Emily says:

    ok you got me – these are SO good!!!

    Jude says:

    What a fun project!

    Danie says:

    These are so cute! I can’t wait to make my own. Hope I don’t poke myself..

    Michael Ann says:

    These are fabulous! I think they would look so fun holding a couple delicate little tissue paper flowers, time to get to the hardware store…

    Love these! You guys make DIY look so damn cool!

    sandra says:

    The possibilities for this great idea are endless..wish there was more contrast in the photos so I could see better.

    CherryPop says:

    sweet font. you’re welcome. i miss you alreadyyyyyyyy.

    Kara says:

    love these wire vases! there perfect to display, there simple and easy, and they look cute and fun! love the bright colors, i’m not the best crafter, but i love these DIYs. this is one of my fave thing on this blog!

    Les says:

    So easy and fun and quick.

    Karen says:

    Love these. I literally feel lighter looking at them. Addictive…you can’t make just one!

    beara says:

    i am so confused with these instructions. am i the only one? i really want to make them, but it seems so unclear.

    Patty Condotta says:

    I love these. Hope to get crafting them soon. For anyone living in Canada, chicken wire is available at Dollar Rams Stores for a dollar. Thank you for the great ideas.

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