DIY String Art

HELLO MY LOVELIES!

You’ve probably seen it on Pinterest – the cute pictures made of nails and string. I did, and I fell in love it immediately! However, the step-by-step tutorials I found left much to the imagination, and if you’re anything like me, although I’m creative, sometimes when I’m doing something new, I want to get it right the first time! So, in order to save you a long trip into town where you sit on the floor in the sewing and knitting department in different stores trying to figure out what “string” I need and what sort of nail heads are wide enough for the job, I’m going to try give you a step-by-step tutorial!

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String art may look difficult, but in the end, it’s super easy. I decided to make this string art board for Brad’s room that also double’s as room decor. It’s a gift for him, and when it comes to gift-giving, I like adding a personal touch so having made it myself, it makes me love it even more!

I made this for Bradley for Valentine’s Day. (I know, Valentine’s Day was 7 months ago…my tutorial is a littttttle behind) – the reason why I’m doing it now is I had already done it previously and gave it to him for Valentine’s Day, however because the dressmaker pins I had used weren’t strong enough, the strength of the thread was pulling the pins down and making the whole thing cave in! So I thought I’d start it again and get it ready before his birthday (that’s why there are small holes already in the board, and that’s how I knew where to nail in the stronger nails!)

This is technically my (2nd) first attempt at string art, and I have to say I’m pleased as punch with the result! You could change up the designs on this and use it as a gift for so many occasions! Once you’ve nailed the basic technique (see what I did there?) you could create other words or shapes!

Although when having a first look, it seems simple enough, but this project wasn’t without mistakes!


Things You’ll Need

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  • Board – I got mine from Tesco for £4, p.s it’s a chopping board!
  • Nails – At first I used dressmaker pins, but they weren’t strong enough so I bought some nails from Wilkos for £1!
  • Hammer
  • Thread – whichever colour you like, I’m not too sure on prices as I used what I already had at home from my grandma and mum’s collection!

#1

The first step is to decide what word or name or letter you want to use and print it out using a chunky font. The sizing may take a little trial and error and tweaking to make it fill the appropriate space. Then tape your word on using small pieces of tape!

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#2

Begin outlining your letters with the nails, as I already used dressmaker pins prior to using the nails, I knew exactly where I needed to nail in the nails, therefore I didn’t need to use the traced out letters again!

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It was really difficult making sure they all were nailed in straight, so I thought that maybe tweezers might help me get better grip on the nail as they are quite small, however that kind of worked, but not as well as I thought it would have! So then I found pliers and they helped a lot!

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I didn’t really have a precise distance between each nail, it was just where I felt like it was needed!

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And the finished look of the nails looked like this!

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#3

String. This could be random or you could try to follow some pattern. I did a combination of both until the design looked the way I wanted it to! I started it off just outlining the actual letters just to get a more defined look and so they are bold enough to stand out – I used a darker shade of blue to define it!

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It doesn’t really matter where you decide to start your string. To attach my string to the nail, I simply tied a double-knot around the nail – if I felt it wasn’t secure, I’d do an extra knot. From there, begin wrapping. There’s no strategy to it!

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After completing all the letters, I started randomly going from the side of each board and crossing the thread over each other!

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I used different shades of blue (Brad’s favourite colour) – and used as much as possible to get all around the board, and when I was satisfied with the look of it, I changed colour!

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This is the look right now! I’m really loving the colours and the way it’s looking, and I think I might add black around the letters to make them more defined!

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And this is the finished look!

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I hope you guys enjoyed this blog post, don’t forget to like and follow my blog! 💗

Have you ever made string art before? If not, would you give it a go? Talk to me in the comments below! 🥰

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