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Try your hand at string art!


String art has been popping up all over the internet and in craft stores, so I decided to try my hand at creating a custom piece.

Although it may at first glance appear challenging, you will quickly find out that string art is a very easy and enjoyable art form to learn. The patterns you can achieve and the designs you can make using the string art technique are endless!

Just follow the step-by-step instructions and you, too, will have a gorgeous new art piece ready to hang.

What You Will Need:

  • Wood Block (cork board or canvas can also be used)
  • Minwax® Wood Finish™ Penetrating Stain (optional)
  • Hand Sanding Block/Sandpaper
  • Paint Brush
  • Printed Design/Pattern
  • Power Drill (optional)
  • Hammer
  • Nails (size may vary due to background surface)
  • Needle Nose Pliers (optional)
  • Tape
  • Scissors/X-Acto Knife
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Embroidery Floss/Yarn
  • Tweezers (optional)

Directions:

  1. Prepare the backing board by cutting, sanding, and staining your wood block. Set aside to dry.
  2. Choose your design and print it out. Using your scissors or X-Acto knife, cut out your design very carefully and attach it to the backing board.
  3. Using a ruler, make sure your design is centered on the board and it’s straight. Use a small piece of tape on each of the sides, or on the back, and secure the design to the board.
  4. Use your pencil to create small black dots on/around the design to indicate the positions for the nails. (You may also create a grid line if it helps.)
  5. Depending on the thickness of your backing board, the size of your nails, and your level of comfort using a power tool, use a power drill to pre-drill the holes. This makes the nailing process easier and more accurate. (Make sure you only add nails where the dots are, but be particularly careful you don’t accidentally add nails inside the design where the grid lines cross.)
  6. Start at one end of your board and hammer the nails in row by row. Use a pair of pliers if you’re worried about any potential hand accidents while using the hammer. Try to hammer each nail in to the same depth, so they are the roughly same height.
  7. Starting at one corner, pull the paper design up and off the nails. If small pieces of paper remain stuck under some nails, pick them off with your fingers. (A pair of tweezers may be helpful if this is tricky.)
  8. Double knot the embroidery floss/yarn around a nail and start winding around every third nail or so, working your way back around a few times to catch all the gaps giving it a slightly erratic look. (Don’t just pass the nails, ensure you wrap around each one, about half-way down the nail.)
  9. Continue adding thread until you are happy with the art.
  10. Add a hanging device to the back of the board and hang it on the wall, or sit it on a shelf or sideboard. ENJOY!

Amanda Eisner is the lead graphic designer of Central Penn Parent. In her spare time she enjoys crafting & upcycling/repurposing everyday items.

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