Aren’t these little “alpha-branches” cute? I stumbled across them while drooling over Anthropologie’s website. I have a serious case of Anthro-envy, because, more often than not, I really can’t afford to bring a little of Anthro into my world and besides that, my hometown doesn’t boast of a local Anthropologie. When I saw these ornaments on their gift-idea page though, I immediately knew I had to try them as a DIY.
They were a bit more time-consuming than I thought, but, if you’ve got a little bit of patience they’re such a great, cheap, last-minute gift idea!
1.) Yarn: I wanted each ornament to stay in the same color family so I cut up long strands of the same color. Also, cutting off pieces from the whole skein is so much easier to deal with when you get to the yarn-wrapping stage. 2.) Floral wire. 3.) Krazy glue (or you could use hot glue or Elmer's glue instead). 4.) Thick thread.
I already had the thread and the glue so I only spent $2.00 on the yarn skein and $2.00 on the wire. Pretty cheap, yes?
Ok, so the first step is the most complicated:
- The letters are 4.5 inches tall. I decided to double my wire to give the yarn something thicker to wrap around so I pulled out 9 inches of wire and doubled it back on itself to make the longest side of my letter. Then, just work the wire into whatever shaped letter you want.
- Next, cut out about four or five 1 inch pieces to make the little “branch” marks on the letter. Wrap one end of the “branch” securely around the letter at random intervals (around the ends and joints are the best places). I needed some needle-nose pliers to help me squish the wire down so it wouldn’t slide around.
- Tie a piece of thread into a loop and then onto the letter BEFORE winding the yarn onto the wire.
- I kept forgetting this step and had to do a lot of yarn-unwinding so don’t forget!
Not too bad, right? You just have to work a bit with the yarn to get it to lay right. When you run to the end of a strand, tuck the end under the beginning of the new strand and glue the new strand into place. Don’t worry about matching up colors of new strands, it’s supposed to be a bit rustic:
I think they turned out pretty adorable, and for a few dollars, I brought a little piece of Anthropologie home. Hope you’re inspired!
– <3 A.