DIY Put-It-Anywhere Inspiration Wire

This quick DIY will help you stay both inspired and organized! If you’re anything like me, you’re constantly clipping beautiful pictures and ideas out of magazines, and regularly collecting fabric samples you know you don’t really need. Rather than stuffing them in a drawer, box, or even a notebook, why not put them on display? My inspiration wire has really helped to motivate me by constantly placing beautiful and energizing images, colors, textures, and ideas right in front my eyes. I was lucky enough to have an empty spot right behind my computer screens above my desk. This was ideal as all I need to do is look up to get inspired, and the inspiration wire helps fill an otherwise awkward and not really usable space!

A view of my entire inspiration wire.

A view of my entire inspiration wire.

Here are the materials you need:

» Ribbon (I chose a thin 1/8” aqua grosgrain for mine—it’s sturdy but colorful but feel free to use a wire of your choice)
» Hooks or other attachment method (I used some left over small clear command hooks like these )
» Clips such as minicloths pins, variety of neat paperclips, and in this case I used some clips and cord from an old Ikea photo rail I don’t use anymore, featured in this blog post.
» Your inspiration! (Magazine clippings, photographs, fabric scraps or samples, whatever inspires you!)

Materials Cost: $0 (At most, I think this would cost you $7-8 if you didn’t have any of the materials on hand.)

1. Measure the length of ribbon required for your inspiration wire. Be sure to add some slack so that the wire will hang in a nice curve (unless you want it taught, though with ribbon it won’t necessarily stay that way). I also left quite a bit on the ends for some cute dangling tails at each end of my wire.

2. Attach hook (or method of your choice) to the back of the surface on each side. Make sure the hook is right-side up; otherwise your ribbon will slip off with weight. If you’re doing this into a wall, I recommend using something simple like pushpins (I often use them to hang things I’m worried I’ll move later, like very light pictures/clocks, as they leave a much smaller hole than a nail)

3. Tie your ribbon onto your hooks (or attach it another way). Be sure to tie some good knots. Test the wire to ensure it can bear weight by pushing down from the top with your hand. You should be reasonable but also test it more than the weight you plan to hang on it. As you can see from the photos, mine holds quite a bit of stuff just using two command hooks and their respective command strips.

4. And viola! Add your inspiration! Get inspired! And create some beautiful things! I try to change mine at least a little bit each month, as I clip from magazines. I usually do a more drastic change for the season.

A close up of some of my inspiration.

A close up of some of my inspiration.

Another close up of inspiration.

Another close up of inspiration.

If you’re limited on space, an alternative to the inspiration wire is an inspiration board. It can be anything from cork board to a shutter, like the one below. This shutter fit perfectly in an awkward wall space between two doors and adds some interest to an otherwise strange strip of sheet rock. I found the shutter at an antique store in Austin for $5 dollars, gave it a little white wash, and added a picture hanging wire to the back. Don’t limit yourself! The shutter could just as easily be hung sideways, or be of a much large scale. Not to mention there are so many alternative uses to shutters, such as a Christmas card display found on Courtney’s blog “Diamond in the Stuff” or a mail organizer complete with key hooks like the one pictured on “Ivy in the Bay”!

An alternative to the inspiration wire, an inspiration wire. Perfect for small spaces!

An alternative to the inspiration wire, an inspiration wire. Perfect for small spaces!

Until next time!

|The Creative Physician|