Crafts & Creative Ideas

String Art

Hi friends! Today, I want to show you how to make another easy craft with objects you might have lying around the house. If you’re looking to get crafty while quarantined, this might be a good one for you! 😊 If you don’t have these items, but live near a craft store, like Michaels, they’re offering a pick-up program where you can order these supplies online and they’ll deliver them to your car when they are ready.

Items you need for String Art: a piece of wood, small nails (like 3/4″), string or embroidery floss, a hammer, and a paper template.

Step 1: Decide what shape you want for your string art. This could be themed around a specific holiday or could even be a monogram letter. Then search for that shape’s outline in Google Images and print out the correct size and shape you need for your piece of wood.

Step 2: Cut just outside the outline of your shape (like shown in the picture below) and place your paper on your wood where you would like the shape. Plan out how far apart you want your nails to be spaced. Most shapes will look nice with the nails spaced about 3/4-1″ apart. The cross, pictured above, has a different spacing for a slightly different affect.

Step 3: Hammer your nails directly on the outline, making sure to only go halfway down into the wood. Once you’re done hammering all your nails, you can rip off the paper.

Step 4: Tie the end of your string to any nail and secure it with a double knot. (It doesn’t matter how much string you have hanging off the end; you can snip off the extra when you’re done.) I used a variegated pastel-colored string for my Egg String Art since it was such a simple shape and I wanted a bit more “pop”.

Step 5: From your first nail, go to any other nail and wrap your string around the nail twice before going to another nail and doing the same on that one. Be sure to keep your string taught the entire time and go slowly, or you will risk the string “popping” off the nails and coming undone. Patience is key. There is no pattern with string art. Move to any nail you choose – just be sure to hit every nail several times.

Step 6: When you feel you’ve achieved the desired look of your shape, you’re going to give it a border to complete the look. Start at any nail, and move along the outside of the nails wrapping around each nail once, until you’ve given it an outside border. When you get to where you started, repeat that process with an inside border. (For a visual demonstration of this, please see my Instagram Story Highlights.)

Step 7: When you’ve finished the border, tie off your string in a double knot and trim off the extra thread (from both pieces) and Voila! Your masterpiece is finished.
There are many ways to display String Art. You can lean it up on a mantel, or put it in a standing frame display, or you could even hammer in a picture hanger on the back to hang it on the wall.
Here is another example of String Art that my Moms’ Group made for Valentine’s Day.
I hope you have fun being creative with this! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave any comments, or go visit me on Instagram @createdbeloved and check out the Story Highlights for more information. 😀
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“He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple, and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers – all of them skilled workers and designers.” Exodus 35:35 (NIV)

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