Learn to make this creative and stunning DIY wood wall art using gold wire. It’s like embroidery on wood and so easy to make!
This wood and wire wall art is one of those projects that you imagine for a long time in your head and it finally comes true!
In fact, this project brings back so many memories!
When I was in middle school, nail and thread art was really popular in India and I had figured out how to make cards using paper and gold or silver thread.
I would make holes in the paper and use thread to make pretty cards with patterns!
When I realized this month’s DIY challenge was wall art, I had to recreate the memory from my childhood.
And I have to say, I am so excited with how it turned out!
Be sure to also check out all the awesome wood art ideas from some of my very talented maker friends at the bottom of this page!
Materials needed for the Wood and wire art –
- Wood board – size of your choice. I used a square poplar 1×12.
- Stain in color of your choice – I used Nutmeg
- Power Drill
- 1/16” and 5/64″ drill bit
- Gold wire
- Pearls (optional)
- Jewelry tool kit (your fingers will thank you!)
- 3/8″ staples
- Fine sanding sponge
How to make wire and wood art
Before I go into details of how to make the wire art, here are a few tips and techniques I used throughout –
- Every time you run out of wire or use new wire, staple down the wire to the back of the board.
- Use pliers to pull the wire. Your fingertips will thank you – I guarantee that!
- If the tip of the wire gets too bent or curled, cut off a small piece to get a sharp straight edge. It makes it so much easier to thread it through.
- As you pass the wire through the board, be sure to ensure it doesn’t twist. This will keep it from getting kinks and make your life so much easier.
- Too many twists can end up breaking a wire too.
This is a really easy project and with the above tips, the wire and wood art should be a breeze.
Step by Step Tutorial
Here is a video tutorial of how I made this feather wall art. Take a look at it to see all the details of how I made it!
Full written tutorial is below.
Step 1 – Prepare the board
- Sand and stain the board in the color of your choice.
I used a 1×12 poplar board cut to a square which I stained using gel stain in Nutmeg.
Step 2 – Draw the shape
- Draw the shape you want to create.
An organic shape is best for beginners because they are more forgiving.
Originally, I started with 3 feathers but soon realized that was a bit ambitious for the first time and redid it with a single feather. I am glad I did that because it turned out just perfect!
Step 3 – Make the holes
- Using the 1/16″ drill bit, make holes all along the shape.
With these holes, you are trying to mimic fabric so as close as possible is good. But on the other edges of the feather, I made it a bit scattered to show the natural variation.
For the middle of the feather, I had to go back and use a 5/64″ drill bit the original holes were too small to fit the wire more than once.
Step 4 – Thread wire through the shaft
- Cut a decently long length of wire – 4-5′.
- Start by threading the wire through the first hole of the shaft.
- Staple down the end at the back,
- With the rest of the wire, create a backstitch through the entire shaft.
Step 5 – Make the Vane
- Thread the wire through a lower hole in the shaft and out to the sides to make the vane.
- Alternate the direction of the vane through the holes of the shaft and go all the way up.
I had started with 1/16″ bit for the shaft and found that the holes in the shaft weren’t large enough to get multiple passes of wire through which is why I recommend going with the 5/64″ drill bit.
If you run, into the problem like that – just make new holes with a 1/16″ drill bit like I did as close to the shaft as possible. Just be careful while drilling because you don’t want the bit to damage the wire from the previous steps.
Step 6 – Add something unexpected
I decided to add a few pearls towards the top to add a little bit of unexpected glamor.
And that is it!
I had briefly entertained the idea of making geometric shapes – mountains or something abstract but finally decided on an organic shape that didn’t need to be perfect.
And I am so glad I went with the feather. I love how it turned out!
If you make it, I would love to see! Feel free to email photos to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or tag me on Instagram @anikasdiylife for a chance to be featured on social media! I can’t wait to see what you build!
And now as promised, here are some projects from my friends.
More DIY wall art ideas –
- Abstract Wood Art by Addicted 2 DIY
- DIY Wooden letter board by My Repurposed Life
- Modern Quilt Textile Hanger by Ugly Duckling House
- Macrame Plant Wall Hanger by Joyful Derivatives
- DIY Hand Routed Sign by Ellison Made
- Painting Simple Wall Art by At Charlotte’s House
Anika's goal is to inspire and empower beginners with woodworking, DIY, home improvement, and home decor ideas.
She wants everyone to unlock their creative potential and experience the feeling that comes with making something. Nothing feels better better than seeing something and saying "I can make that!"