There is something undeniably therapeutic about taking a hammer to a nail- just don’t miss and hit a finger, because that will undo any positive de-stressing you have done! If you are looking to relieve a bit of built up energy and make a beautiful piece of DIY art for you wall, then this How to Make String Art tutorial is just the ticket! If you are looking for a string art tutorial for kids, this could easily be done by hammering the nails beforehand for the kids, or make it a kid friendly craft by using push pins or a material more forgiving than wood. For example, a few layers of cork glued together make a base that easily accepts nails without a hammer. Other options include foamcore board or even styrofoam sheets covered in burlap. The nice thing about these materials is that they are easy to find and inexpensive, so you can experiment a bit to find out what looks you like and what works for you!
When you make your own wall art, it is really a win/ win situation. You save money, and end up with a custom piece that is perfectly suited to your taste! String art designs can be customized to match furnishings or to reflect your life story. We even love string art as DIY nursery decor! Since you make your own string art template (it is easy, promise!) you can customize it to be anything near and dear to your heart! Do you want to have a heart around your hometown or the place you met your sweetie? You can do that! Do you want your string art to be a beautiful word of inspiration? You absolutely can make your string art be something personal that you enjoy looking at daily!
Supplies Needed to Make Your Own String Art:
- small finishing nails
- a piece of wood (or see other options above)
- bakers twine or jute
- string art template, sized and printed
- hanging hardware (optional)
To create your own string art template, either sketch a simple image that can be filled in with string (like we did below) or create an appropriately sized image using your computer. If you are planning on making a word with your string art, simply find a font you enjoy , type your word into your favorite word processing format and adjust the size until it is slightly smaller than the height and width of your wood (or cork, Styrofoam, or whatever you have chosen as the backing to your string art project). If your string art project is large you will probably need to tape the pieces of your template together. Another option is to find a preprinted map and cut a piece of wood to fit that map. Many touristy locations offer them for free or cheap- as do websites that are promoting tourism of specific locations. That way you could use the outline of the state or country on the map as your template! You could even print your own photo and trace the outline with nails. Does your pet or child have a distinctive silhouette? Take a picture from the side and trace the outline as your string art template!
Before you begin to hammer in your nails, you will want to first think about how your end product will be hung. If you are finishing with hanging hardware, it will be much easier to do that now, before any nails have been added! Follow the instructions on your hanging hardware, or leave the back of your string art blank if you plan on displaying it by propping it up on a shelf or easel. Begin to hammer your nails in place around the outline of your template, if you are using a board. If you are using something softer and can just push your nails or pins in place, you may want to use a bit of glue to hold each in place when you begin to knot your string art. If you are wrapping burlap or fabric around your board, that will need to be done and in place before you add any nails or pins.
Our nail placing tactic was to start in the obvious corners of our piece, then to add a nail in between each of the original nails, adding another nail to the center space between each nail. If your shape is very curvy, it might just make more sense for you to space your nails every quarter or half inch. If you will have any “internal” nails (like a heart inside a shape or a negative shape in a letter, for example) it may be helpful to trace the internal shapes first- hammering nails around them later might be more difficult.Step Three:
Once you have finished placing the nails in the outline of your template, carefully peel off the paper.
Begin your string with a double knot. Once it is pulled tight and will not slip, trim the tail.
We really liked how the string looked when we tried to follow a random pattern, but if you are looking to make a more orderly geometric style of string art, experiment with skipping a specific number of nails each time. There is a wide variety of very neat shapes and string art designs that can be achieved with this technique.
Keep going back and forth until your string art is sufficiently filled in. You may want to trace around the edge of your shape with your twine at the beginning or end to make sure your shape is adequately outlined, but that is a matter of preference. Finish with another double knot, trimming the end once it is tied in place.
It is as easy as that! Hang according to your picture hanging hardware, or prop up on a shelf and enjoy your handiwork! Now that you know how to make string art you can use your skills to decorate room in the house! Where will you display your string art designs?