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Project

Wire Card Holders

Make graceful holders with swirls that enhance a card's design.

Introduction

These are actually pieces of inexpensive radio wire -- cloth-covered wire, used in vintage radios, that is available in a variety of colors online (look for solid, not stranded, wire).Give it a new twist for a wedding, and it can hold aloft menus, table numbers, or place cards. The wire bends easily and is sturdy enough to keep its shape. The shorter stands rest on a table, and the tall version can be placed in a centerpiece. Copy our designs or create your own.

Materials

  • Scissors
  • Radio wire

Steps

  1. Step 1

    With scissors, cut about 10 inches of radio wire for small holders, 20 inches for tall ones. 

  2. Step 2

    Bend wire into a big loop at middle. On each side, first bend a slightly smaller loop, crossing over in front, then a slightly larger loop, this time crossing over behind. Keep bending the wire to form the same-size loop again, directly behind the last one to make a spiral (the cards will be held between these loops). 

  3. Step 3

    For a short holder, bend each remaining tail of wire to form a C shape perpendicular to the rest of the holder; these will sit on the tabletop. For the tall version, bend the remaining tails to form sticks. Trim ends.

Source
Martha Stewart Weddings, Spring 2005

Reviews (6)

  • natlong 1 Feb, 2012

    Does anyone know what the diameter or AWG of the wire used for these holders is? I'm thinking 20AWG, but I want to make sure.

    Thanks

  • AuntyLane 15 Jun, 2010

    these are cute - but I found some AMAZING wire card holders for a great price at http://www.Baggavond.com - the wire holders are on a Weighted Base (so it all won't tip over!) and can be customized to your wedding colors - the artist is really great to work with and I got my Place Card Holders super fast.

  • djcmae 29 Jul, 2009

    I also used www.wirehomedecor.com and the owner, Alton was wonderful. He created customized holders in the shape of a celtic Trinity symbol from a picture.

  • Smart_Shopper 5 Nov, 2008

    If you're like me you and you don't have time to make wire card holders, then point your browser to the website www.WireHomeDecor.com They have lots of unique products that are both inexpensive and very quick shipping!

  • missgeorgiadawn 9 Oct, 2008

    I just found the most simply elegant wire place card holders online. I absolutely don't have tiime to make 250 place card holders. Check these out www.thefunkyshack.com. I just placed an order and should receive it by October 30. I will update you when I get my order.

  • suemarshall777 19 May, 2008

    i found cloth covered wire at radiodaze.com