This might be perfect timing for some upcoming fall brides – these lovely raffia letters, sent to us by Mary, pack a lot of great visual impact but are inexpensive (under $10!) and easy to make!
What you’ll need:
– Paper stem wire
– Wire (florist or jewelry)
– Curly raffia (sold at craft stores)
– Decorative elements such as fake tall grass or ribbons
– Wire cutters
Step 1: Using paper stem wire create the letters. More than one wire may be necessary, as well as cutting for shorter wire lengths. For example, the M was created with two full length wires and a half of a wire.
Step 2: Using florists wire connect the paper stem wire to form one shape. Bend the paper stem wire at joins and intersections or twist the pieces together. Be sure to wrap the florists wire tightly to secure the letter.
Step 3: Using the florists wire create a mesh base to start the volume of the letter. Wrap and bend the wire around the test. The mesh can be as wide as you like, I kept mine between 0.5″ and 1″ away from the stem.
Step 4: Weave, wrap, and braid the raffia through and around the wires to create the next layer. Try to cover the wires as best as you can, but don’t worry if you can’t cover them completely.
Step 5: Cover the remaining wires sticking out by wrapping the raffia, tall fake grass, and any other elements you are using. Wrap as evenly (or unevenly if you prefer that look) as you can around the letter monogram. Secure at points with twine and tuck ends into the weaving.