Wire Hanger Boxwood Letters

I have this somewhat awkward wide space above my mantel that needs something, especially at Christmas. This year I thought I’d hang the word Joy, in big letters, to complement the space. I couldn’t decide if I should pick up some paper mache letters from a craft store, or try to make some myself with fresh greens. Of course, fresh greens won out, and I used boxwood which lasts a long time.

All I needed was a foundation to adhere the boxwood too, so I used good old wire hangers.

This project, wire hanger boxwood letters, couldn’t have been easier and it cost me nothing to make.

Wire hanger boxwood letters tutorial hung above the mantel

But wait, there’s more.

This project is part of home and garden blog hop, #HomeForChristmas, hosted by Hometalk and Country Living.  (see more at the bottom of this post)

Wire hanger boxwood letters as part of a blog hop hosted by Hometalk and Country Living.

but first the tutorial…..

Wire Hanger Boxwood Letters


Sprigs of Boxwood – pine and cedar work well too.
Wire hangers
Paddle of floral wire

Wire hanger boxwood letters materials. ~ gardenmatter.com

Start with your hangers. I used black so that the wire wouldn’t show as much with the boxwood.

Shaping wires to make wire hanger boxwood letters. ~ gardenmatter.com

Shape your letters by twisted the hangers open and using your hands to bend them into the letters you want. I knew I wanted mine to be very large so I used one hanger for each letter, but you could easily cut the wire to make smaller letters.

Adding boxwood with floral wire to make wire hanger boxwood letters. ~ gardenmatter.com

Next gather sprigs of boxwood in 4-5 inch sprigs and starting with one use paddle of floral wire to attach the stem to the wire letter, wrapping several times to secure it.

Adding boxwood with floral wire to make wire hanger boxwood letters. ~ gardenmatter.com

Add a second sprig of boxwood slightly overlapping the first, and continuing to wrap the wire paddle around it and the hanger. Repeat until the entire hanger is covered with boxwood.

The letter J complete in making wire hanger boxwood letters. ~ gardenmatter.com

Within minutes the J is complete!

The word Joy complete in making wire hanger boxwood letters. ~ gardenmatter.com

Here’s the finished project. I’m using this project on the brick above my mantel, but as you can see, this would look really pretty on a white wall. The word Joy complete in making wire hanger boxwood letters. ~ gardenmatter.com

Still, I think it fill the empty space well and I couldn’t love the message more.  What will you make with your wire hanger boxwood letter?

Grouped images showing how to make wire hanger boxwood letters ~ gardenmatter.com

About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. What a great use for wire hangers! I love this idea! Can be used for so many things!

  2. Hi, Patti

    These turned out lovely! I love using natural elements in my Christmas decor. Beautiful

  3. Oh, I love this! So pretty – pinned it!

    ~Angie @ Knick of Time

  4. Oh My Gosh…this is fantastic. we have always wanted to know how to make Boxwood letters and can’t thank you enough for your tutorial! “JOY” looks beautiful hanging in your home! Thanks for sharing.

  5. What a cool idea! Wire of all things… so clever and beautiful!

  6. Thanks for the tutorial – very cute idea. Pinned to share 🙂

  7. These are great! Thank you for sharing your how to!… I think I’m going to have to whip some up!

  8. Patty, this is such a unique and beautiful idea! I love it. Pinned!! And I love that it’s so easy and can be done with anything you like all year too!

  9. Patti,
    Your JOY boxwood letters are amazing! I love the ease of your project and how wonderfully, festive it is. I love anything thats boxwood, so I may also have a bias. 🙂 I’m including your project in my DIY Christmas Wall Art round up tomorrow! Also pinning and sharing your great idea.

  10. I LOVE this use of wire hangers! Love it!! I’m asking readers to share their Coat Hanger projects at the Create with Me party tomorrow. I hope you’ll come by my blog, Love Create Celebrate, and share this one!

  11. Hi Patti

    I’m just wondering how long do the boxwood leaves last before you have to pick new branches and attach them to the wire again?

    By the way it looks absolutely amazing.

    • Hi Katie,

      We keep our house pretty cool in the winter but as I recall the leaves stayed on their for many weeks. They did start to lose their color a little maybe after a couple of weeks, I’m not sure, but they didn’t fall off.

      Glad you liked it and thanks for stopping by,


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