How to Make Yarn Wrapped Words

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How to Make Yarn Wrapped Words
Jeff Farris

Shaping words and signs is a snap when you use soft wire garden ties, which is nothing more than wire wrapped with a thick rubbery covering. If you can visualize exactly the letters you’re making, you can work freehand. If not, a template such as the one shown here makes this project much easier. You can use ours or create your own.

Things You'll Need
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Things You'll Need

To complete this project, you'll need a spool of soft wire garden tie, heavy-duty scissors, yarn, craft glue such as E-6000 and spring-type clothespins.

Choose the Right Materials
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Choose the Right Materials

The type of garden tie you need is called different things by different manufacturers. Look for “soft wire tie,” or “soft gardening ties” or “flexible gardening ties.” Choose one that’s about ¼ inch in diameter. Any type of yarn will work, although extremely chunky yarn might be difficult to work with.

Cut the Wire
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Cut the Wire

Cut through the rubbery coating on the wire tie material, about 2 inches from the end. Slide the coating off the end of the wire. Note: Use heavy-duty scissors or wire snips, not a good pair of scissors.

Form the Words
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Form the Words

Tape your template to the work surface. Starting in a central spot, shape the wire tie to align with the lines of the template. You can expect the shape to be a little floppy until you wrap it with yarn.

Related: Template for Beach Arrow

Connect the Ends
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Connect the Ends

When you reach the starting point again, cut through the rubbery coating on the end as previously described. Twist the exposed wires together to complete the shape.

Wrap the Yarn
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Wrap the Yarn

Put a small spot of glue approximately 1 inch in front of the connection point of the wires. Create a ball of yarn small enough to pass through the loops of your design. Leaving a 1-inch tail, set the yarn into the spot of glue. Begin wrapping the yarn around the soft tie, aligning each loop of yarn with the previous one. Don’t leave gaps between loops but don’t overlap them, either.

Secure the Yarn
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Secure the Yarn

Add a spot of glue every 2 or 3 inches. At intersections of the design, slip the yarn through the intersection and wrap both pieces of soft tie as one. If necessary, add a spot of glue to hold the yarn in place.

Finish the Ends
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Finish the Ends

To finish the ends, such as the end of the C shown here, put a spot of glue on the end of the soft tie. Fold a piece of yarn over the end and clamp it in place with a clothespin. When the glue is set, start wrapping again, enclosing the ends of the yarn in the new loops of yarn.

Complete the Project
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Complete the Project

When you reach the starting point, tie the ends together and add a spot of glue to secure the yarn.

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