Sunday, August 16, 2015

DIY: String Art

For those of you looking for a easy, affordable project that is little fuss and surprisingly relaxing, check this out:

I've seen many variations of this project on Pinterest but the more natural versions really fit my taste a little better. So, I chose to do a natural wood, tree string art that would go well with my home decor. You can try out this project using any color and wood combination. Honestly, the ideas are endless so be creative and have fun with it!

I found a couple of wood boards, string and wood nails on my last haul to use on this project.

What you'll need:

Wooden Board (I used Mix the Media boards from Hobby Lobby)
Wood Stain (optional)
Durable String
Super Glue (optional)

Note: I ended up using 1/2 ball of the string below and 1/2 box of common nails. I always buy extra materials, just in case. You can return the extra if you save the receipt!

You can also use this kind of string if you prefer color:

How I did it:

Clean off your wood surface. This would be when you would stain your wood surface if you are wanting a darker color and higher contrast with your colored string.

Print an outline of your design. Position the design on your wood surface. 

Using a hammer, position several nails on opposing sides of the design to temporarily hold it on the wood surface. 

Hammer the remaining nails around the outline of your design, keeping in mind that the closer the nails are to each other, the more detailed the outline. Straight-lined, geometric designs will require less nails while natural, curvy designs will require more. 

Tie an initial double-knot with your string on a corner nail. 

Outline the design with a single layer of string. To do this, loop the string around each nail before moving to the next. Once you've reached the initial nail again, secure the outline with a knot. 

Start pulling the string across the board in random, diagonal patterns. 

As you continue this pattern, the spaces of visible wood surface will become smaller. Look out for any nails that have not been wrapped at least twice. Occasionally, secure the string with a knot around a nail to make the wrapping easier and less likely for the string to unwrap itself. 

Once you've achieved the desired look, secure a final knot and trim the string at the end. Give each nail a final tap or two to even out the height of the nails and to further secure the string. If some of your nails slip in and out of the wood, you may try using some super glue or wood glue on the back side of the board if the nail point is exposed. This will prevent slipping. 

Total Cost:

Mix the Media Wooden Board  $12.99
Craft String  $5.99
Common Nails  $1.97

Have fun and be creative!!!

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