Fil de Fer

Have you ever heard of Fil de Fer? It is French for wire-frame.  I ran into a great article in a magazine a few weeks ago on how to wire-frame Christmas ornaments. . .

being a crafty type of person I just had to try it even if it didn’t turn out quite like I wanted it to. One thing that I found out is that you can’t really mess these up because shabby looking is sort of a good look for these ornaments. Ha ha

C crafting star wire

 A doily is a perfect piece to use for a wire-frame ornament because of all of the little stitches that you can weave the wire in and out of. First of all I used a heaver gauge wire to weave a frame on the star.


After making a base that hold the star up I weaved a lighter weight wire around the edges adding a pearl bead every so often and twisting as I went.

C crafting star finished

This is what I came up with. It’s pretty time consuming and what I really learned is that you need to have the right materials for this project. Light bulb!  I used a 12 gauge wire and looped it around my finger to make a spring that will fit over the top of the tree top.

C crafting wire crown.jpg

I thought that I would give this another try so I made a crown. I need lots and lots of more practice to really do this right! Some projects just don’t turn out like you would like them. I thought that I would show you a project that I wouldn’t normally show you. One that didn’t turn out. Cause some just don’t. lol


Do any of you have an old cone that might look like this and you are just tempted to throw it out? I knew that I could up cycle this into something pretty, and I had lot of silver and gold beads in my stash.

C crafting start cone

I started to alternate gold and silver beads around the cone, gluing with a glue gun.

C Crafting beaded tree

An hour later I had a wonderful silver and gold tree to use in a Christmas vignette. This turned out to be a great up cycle project. As you can see in the back ground I am in a pretty big mess around here with four grands wanting to check out everything that I have pulled out for decor.

I hope that you all have a wonderful week!

Hugs, Jo

I will be at these amazing parties this week, come and join me!


Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings-the heart of our home

Make It Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House

Something to talk about @Karen’s Upon the Hill

Inspire me Monday @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia


The Scoop @ Cedar Hill Farm

Trash to Treasures Tuesday @ Kammy’s Korner

Roses of Inspiration @ The Enchanting Rose

Let’s talk Vintage @ Bella Rosa Antiques

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Through Life


Vintage Inspiration Party @ My Salvaged Treasure

WOW @ Savvy Southern Style

Moon Light and Mason Jars @ Cherished Bliss

What’s it’s Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants

Before and After Wednesday @ The Dedicated House


Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch to Yours

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Cup with Mrs. Olson

Share your Style @ The Essence of Home

Blog Hop @ Katherine’s Corner

Idea Box @ Mila’s Little Things

Vintage Charm @ Blue Willow House .com


Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home

Home Sweet Home Party @ The Charm of home

Anything Blue Friday @ The Dedicated House

Home Matters Linky Party @ Life with Lorelai

Simply Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme

Friday’s Furniture Fix @ Patina Paradise


Pretty Pintastic Party @ Seeking Lavender Lane

Upcycled Linky Party @ Funky Junk

Inspiration Spotlight @ Dear

Best of the Weekend @ Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Share it One More Time @ Shabby Fufu


Sunday’s at Home @ Thoughts from Alice

Silver Pennies Sunday @ Silver Pennies

Submarine Sunday @ Navy Wifey Peters Aboard the USS Crafty

25 thoughts on “Fil de Fer

  1. Jo those adorable Reindeer look like they are wanting to be set free from the plastic! I love your crown just as is, for it has handcrafted charm. You are one busy lady!


  2. Your tree balances the obsession of bottle brush trees, this is a nice textural relief to add to a collection. And yes, of course we all have cones or old forms that can do this…excellent idea..and so easy, Thanks for the idea…Sandi


  3. I love your wire ornament and crown Jo. I have wanted to try my hand at making a crown but have never tried it yet. I love how yours turned out and feel more inspired to give it a go.
    Thanks always for the great inspiration!


  4. I could see the ornaments on a small vintage tree and perhaps making a miniature crown as the topper and lighting it all with tiny LED wire lights that are popular now that run on batteries. I like your crown and tree!


  5. Perhaps if you could find some white or off-white wire to use with the doilies? Love the tree idea…it would also look beautiful if you had a white styro cone and then used pearl beads.


  6. Is there anything you can’t make?! I love everything. That little wire crown is cute and the idea of wrapping beaded garland around that cone was genius. I wouldn’t have thought to do that.


  7. I had not heard of that term, but I love wire crafts! I think both are darling Jo! The crown has rustic charm. I have a crown on the top of a small silver tree. It’s made from an old screen and I bought it from Gigi. Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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