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Wire Mesh Letters

Make a big design statement with giant letters and numbers you can use indoors or outside. We’ll spell out the easy way to make these letter-perfect projects.

Wire mesh letter “E”.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Tin snips
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers


  • 24-in x 10-ft galvanized-steel hardware cloth, 1/2-in grid, #492398
  • 24-gauge galvanized-steel wire, #52686

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Project Resources


Step 1

Download the Mesh Letter Layout Guide and print the sheets that match the letter or letters you plan to make. Then unroll and gently flatten a length of hardware cloth long enough for the letter you plan to make. Follow the letter guide and use tin snips to trim the shape in hardware cloth. Then use the letter as a pattern to cut out a duplicate shape for the back.

Good to Know

Some letter shapes, such as the E shown or a W, are better able to stand upright on their own than others, such as a C or O, which are better as wall art.

Step 2

Cut strips of hardware cloth 6-1/2 inches wide for the sides. (One length of hardware cloth should yield three 6-1/2-inch-wide strips.) The longer the strips, the fewer splices you’ll need to make along the sides.

Step 3

Bind the edges to the letter cutout.

Hold a side strip against the front letter cutout and use 24-gauge wire to bind the edges together.

Step 4

Bend wires to fit the letter cutout.

At the corners, press from the inside to bend the side strips into shape and continue binding the sides to the letter cutout. Continue until the edge strips wrap completely around the letter edges and any cutouts. Where you need to splice strips together, use the same binding technique to join the strip ends.

Step 5

Attach the back letter shape to the edges.

Use the same binding technique to attach the back letter cutout to the side strips.

Good to Know

If you plan to add any sort of filler to the letter, do so before completely attaching the back.