26 Feb

How to: wire herb garden labels

Can't tell your sage from your parsley? Why not make these wonderful wire herb labels by Simply Homemade's Amanda Pickstock.

A herb garden is at the heart of a home cook's kitchen, so we love this clever idea to help keep yours organised and in the right meals! Amanda Pickstock's wire labels can be used for your herb pots indoors just as well as identifying the flowers in a hanging basket or garden.

Much like handwriting, everyone's wire wording will look different - embrace your own style. Let the wire words speak for themselves by using only the thick wire to create a word or alternatively, decorate with sparkly beads, buttons and crystals. Try wrapping the letters with a contrasting wire toadd a splash of colour. You can really experiment here and make it your own.



85cm of 1mm wire 
1/1.5m of 0.314 or 0.4mm wire 
ladybird button 
assorted beads



wire cutters 
flat-nosed pliers 
round-nosed pliers

Simply Make

1 Measure 20cm from one end of the wire and bend the wire downwards to form the first arch on the ‘M’. Approximately 1cm from the top of the arch, grip the wire using round-nosed pliers and make a 45° bend upwards to the right. Then, either with your hands or using the pliers, bend the wire to form the second arch.

2 Measure 2cm from the top of the second arch on the ‘M’ and make a bend upwards using your hands or the pliers. Grip approximately 1cm from base of wire and bend around the round-nosed pliers to form a loop at the top, then back towards the bottom again to complete the ‘i’.

3 Sweep the wire upwards again as you did at the end of Step 1 and make another arch, a little wider then the ‘M’s and the same height as the top of the ‘i’ to form the ‘n’.

4 Sweep the wire upwards again, then grip the wire with the tip of the roundnosed pliers in line with the top of the ‘M’. Create a hairpin bend downwards, pinch the bend together carefully using the flat-nosed pliers.

5 In line with the top of the ‘n’ make a 90° bend outwards with the flat-nosed pliers. Grip with the tip of the round-nosed pliers approximately 7mm from the last bend and make another hairpin inwards. Carefully pinch it closed using the flat-nosed pliers.

6 Where the hairpin bend meets the stem of the ‘t’, grip with the flat-nosed pliers and bend the wire outwards so it runs parallel with the stem. Make a 45° sweeping bend upwards to form the bottom on the ‘t’.  

7 Grip the wire approximately 1cm from the last bend with the round-nosed pliers and make another hairpin bend inwards. Follow the shape of the curve on the ‘t’, pinch the hairpin bend closed and take the wire towards the bottom of the ‘M’ to underline your word.

8 Bend the wire around the stem beneath the ‘M’ to secure it. Use the remaining wire to make a freefromwire doodle that you can use as a base to decorate with beads later. Trim any excess wire and use the round-nosed pliers to spiral the end into your doodle.

9 Using 1m of 0.315mm silverplated wire, wrap around the stem approximately 5cm beneath the ‘M’ to secure, with the wraps approx 3mm apart. When you reach the doodle, use the wire like a thread and sew the beads and ladybird button onto the thicker wire. Wrap the lettering until you have decorated each letter. Finish by wrapping the underline, then trim and squash the wire behind the doodle.

Try your hand at some of the other word labels. Once you have mastered the technique and discovered your own style, have a go at writing ‘Rosemary’. It’s a bit more of a challenge but great fun to try!

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