Making String Art
This project is not as difficult as it may look and is great for older children and adults. This is a guide about making string art
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When I was a little girl, we had a piece of string art that I loved. I have no idea who made it or where it came from. I'd just sit and look at it. Lately, I've seen lots of different string art ideas on pinterest. I was excited, but nervous to try it. But, I'm very happy with how it turned out. I can't wait to try some other designs. The possibilities are endless!
Total Time: About 2 hours.
Yield: 1 piece of art
- piece of wood - I found a 4 foot by 1 foot wood board at Home Depot for $7. They cut it into 4 pieces for me, each one 1 foot by 1 foot. This was cheaper than buying 1 piece of wood at the craft store for $10. ($7)
- nails - I used wire nails, 3/4 inch. ($3)
- string or yarn, I used embroidery thread, 7 of them! ($3)
- picture to create your silhouette
- Find a picture that you want to use. You could also print out your name, a phrase, etc. I've seen lots of simple designs, such as hearts and state shapes. Print out the picture and cut it out.
- Place your picture on the wood. Start hammering your nails. I kept mine really close around the outline of the horse. I wanted to make sure you could make out what it was! Try to keep your nails straight and sticking out the same length.
- Once finished, pull the picture up. If you got any nails into the picture, it's okay. It'll pull right up.
- Hammer your nails around the outside of the board. Don't get too close to the edge or the wood will splinter. Yes, I know from experience! Those nails were a little further apart. I marked them with a pencil to make them somewhat uniform in distance.
- Decide if you want the string to fill in the picture or outside of the picture, creating negative space. Either way looks really nice.
- Tie your string around the first nail. You can create a pattern or just go crazy and fill in the space with string. I went the 2nd route! Every 2 or 3 times, just wrap the string around the nail once. If you run out of string, tie on some more. Fill in the space as much as you would like. When finished, I tied the string around the nail, then applied a dot of super glue, just to make sure it stays!
- If you want to hang it up, apply a sawtooth picture hanger on the back. Hang up and enjoy!
This easy simple project only takes about 10 minutes. It could work as just a simple home decor project and could be made as big as you want.
Total Time: 10
- sand block
- scissors or hammer
- Sand the wood with the sanding block to get rid of any dirt or imperfections the wood has.
- Pound the nails into the board in the shape of the arrow.
- Now wrap the string around all of the nails and make patterns in the top of the arrow.
- Cut the ends of the string off and you're done.