Have you seen all of those cool string art pieces at your local gift shops? I have always admired them but couldn't help but cringe at the steep price tag.
After browsing Pinterest and trying my hand at a design or two I feel like I've finally gotten a good grip on the easiest ways to make these beauties.
If you have scrap wood laying around your place or can score some decent coupons at your local craft store you can easily make your own string art for $10-$20. MUCH better than the $50+ these tend to sell for in most places!
To get started you'll need some basic supplies. Most of these items can be found at either craft or home improvement stores.
Wood board large enough to fit your completed string art
Print out of design template or a stencil in your desired design
Clear tape (I usually use Scotch tape)
200-300 1.4mm X 25.4mm wire brads (Number will vary depending on size of project)
Power drill with small thin bit (optional)
Strong hemp cord/twine in color(s) of your choice
The process to make string art is fairly simple but I recommend dividing up the steps over a few days to avoid too much hand strain and fatigue as the drilling, nailing, and stringing can take a while.
Print your design, cut it out, and mount to board with clear tape. Be sure to not cover any part of the design if at all possible so the nails can easily be driven through.
Here you can either start drilling holes following your pattern or you can start hammering in the wire brads. I can say from prior projects that I find it MUCH easier to place and hammer the brads after drilling so I highly recommend trying it if you have the time. Important Tip: Be sure to use your drill's reverse button after drilling each hole. I broke the bit about 20 holes into my piece. Oops!
Remove paper to reveal your design. Oooh aaaah!
Place brads in predrilled holes and hammer until secure. Important Tip: Be sure to hammer them all to approximately the same depth so you'll have a flat even surface to string later.
Choose your desired color of twine/hemp cord and cut a long piece (at least 24-36 inches). Tie and knot to your starting brad.
Start wrapping the twine between brads. If you want to do an outline of your design first, wrap the thread completely around the first brad 2-3 times, pull to the next brad, and wrap around the second brad 2-3 times. Keep repeating this pattern until you reach the end of the design or run out of thread. If you run out just cut another length and keep stringing your design.
Once you reach the end of your design loop the thread around your last nail and tie a knot. Trim any excess thread and tuck under the stringed design to "hide" it from sight.
That's it! You have successfully made your own unique string art and are the envy of all your friends.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and (more importantly) love your results.
Until next time!