Valentine's DIY: How to Make a Super Cute Wire Heart Ring

Kimberlie Kohler
by Kimberlie Kohler
5 Materials
30 Minutes

In this DIY, I’m going to show you how to make a wire heart ring that is perfect for Valentine's day.

This ring is quick and easy to make, and it's super cute. You'll be making a lot of them for yourself and for friends in no time.

Tools and materials:

  • 18 gauge half-hard round wire 
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Ring mandrel
Cutting the wire

1. Cut the wire

Make a flush cut at the end of the wire by cutting from the back, flat side.

For now, you can leave your wire in one big coil. We will cut it later.

Making a heart bump

2. Make a heart bump

Now we are going to make the two little curves at the top of the heart.

Start about 4 inches down the wire and bend the wire around the round nose pliers using the biggest part of the pliers to wrap it around.

Making second heart bump

3. Make a second heart bump

Bring the wire to the top of the pliers and bend it up.

Then bring the wire back down to the widest part of the pliers and bend it around to make the second bump.

Pinching middle

4. Pinch the middle part

Use the chain nose pliers to pinch the middle part together, so it starts to look more like a heart.

Even out the two parts of the heart if they are not symmetrical.

Wrapping the bottom

5. Wrap the bottom

Start to make the shape of a heart at the end of the wire. Wrap the shorter end around the longer end.

Hold the top of the heart in your chain nose pliers, and just use your fingers to wrap the bottom part around a few times.

Trimming excess wire

6. Trim the excess wire

After you’ve wrapped the end, trim off the end of the wire, making a flush cut. Use your chain nose pliers to ensure the end is not poking out.

The heart design will be on the top of your finger, and you don’t want it to scratch you, so move the end part around so that it’s on the top of the design.

Pushing coils together

7. Push coils together

Push all of the coils together with the pliers.

Determining ring size

8. Determine size of the ring

Grab your ring mandrel and wrap the wire around two sizes smaller than the size ring you actually want to make.

The ring we’re making is adjustable, so we will be able to make it larger, but you can't really make it that much smaller, so you want to make sure you start out with a small enough size.

Cut the wire and leave a couple of inches extra.

Determining ring size

Now you have a couple of options.

On this ring, I just made a simple loop, and that's a good option if you didn't leave much excess wire.

Determining ring size

On this ring, I made a spiral that is going away from the heart. That's what I'm going to do here with this ring too.

You can decide whichever way you want to do it.

Making a spiral

9. Make a spiral

To make the spiral, hold the end of the wire at the very top of the round nose pliers.

You don’t want the wire to be poking through the pliers. Then wrap away. You want to twist your wrist and then use your thumb to wrap the wire around, going as far as you can.

Adjust the loop and then turn the wire around the pliers again to complete it. 

Making a spiral

Now hold the loop you just made in your chain nose pliers and then push the wire up. Readjust the pliers and push the wire up again to start to spiral around.

Continue doing this until you have completed the wire. Depending how much excess wire you had will determine how large your spiral is. 

Checking size

10. Check the size

Place the ring back on the ring mandrel and make sure it's a nice round shape.

DIY wire heart ring

DIY wire heart ring

Here is the finished wire-wrapped ring. It is really cute with the heart and the spiral.

The ring is adjustable, so it makes a good gift because you don't have to know the exact ring size of the recipient.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and you’ll have a go at making this ring for yourself.

For more jewelry content, check out my post on How to DIY a Cute and Easy Button Necklace.

Suggested materials:
  • 18 gauge half-hard round wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
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  • Connie Connie on Feb 04, 2023

    Great idea. Ring is so cute and adjustable wrap rings are alll the rage right now ! Even the lowest priced ones are 20.00 or more!. I'm going to share this with my granddaughters who love making jewelry. 😍