DIY New Year Decor

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Inspired by this Kate Spade necklace, and my inability to part ways (just yet) with my mantel garland, I devised this special holiday decor that I can leave on my fireplace mantel through the whole month of January.

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Here’s what you need to make your own:

  • a mirror (or a wreath or empty picture frame)
  • posterboard or paper
  • marker
  • 12 gauge wire
  • fabric scissors
  • wire cutters
  • tacky glue
  • fabric remnants (or thin rope or yarn)

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First I drew out the words in the same size I wanted the finished wire to be. Then, I bent the wire around (using my hands), using the written words as my guide.

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After the words were complete, I wrapped them using fabric remnants that I cut into half-inch strips. To secure the beginning of a strip of fabric, I used tacky glue. Works wonders.

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After the words were wrapped, I used double-sided foam tape to attach them to the mirror. I was going to use fishing wire and hang them, but the double vision created by the mirror wasn’t the effect I was aiming for. So, tape it is. I think this project would also be nice hung inside a wreath or an empty picture frame.

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14 Responses

  1. Lauren says:

    This is a brilliant idea, I may just copy you!

  2. your mantel looks so festive and cute. If I can find the time this week, I am going to try and make this.

  3. Kellie says:

    cute!! and im definitely a kate spade fan too.

  4. Julie says:

    Very cute and clever! I want to do this and then attach it to a headband to sport on new years eve!

  5. Shy says:

    Lovely idea, you always have the cutest decor ideas!
    Shy

  6. sandy toe says:

    That is just a great project-
    just love it-
    Sandy Toe

  7. So pretty! I love it! I like it without fabric on it, too!

  8. Savannah says:

    What a beautiful idea. Love it!

  9. kim whitten says:

    Fabulous Tutorial!!!
    You clever, clever chick!
    Happy New Year and many good wishes for you in 2011. xo

  10. Sarah J says:

    love this diy project. i definately want to use this as inspiration to create wall decor of some sort.
    also.. happy new year. :)

  11. Oh such a pretty DIY! I wish I saw it before New Year’s Eve :) I’m so glad I’ve found your blog, it’s full of beautiful inspiration! Have a fantastic 2011!
    Ale