It’s easy to make your own string art projects with these 10 helpful tips! Design your own or make this project with a free printable pattern!
String art projects are such a fun way to create personal and customized decor. They make great gifts and are fun for kids elementary age and up!
About a year ago, I started collecting ampersands (& symbol) art. I love the symbol and what it stands for. And – there’s more. And – no matter the crisis, this isn’t the end. And – set your goal and follow through. So hopeful and motivating to think ahead! So, I wanted to create something to focus on moving forward. That’s my inspiration for this project!
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- Wood board (softer wood is easier)
- 1″ Wire Brads or Nails
- Crochet Thread, size 10
- White Paint
- Painters tape
- Cheap paintbrush
- Wood arrow
Make your string art project
- Measure to find the middle of your board lengthwise. Use a ruler to lightly draw a line across.
- Stick painters tape on one side of the pencil line.
- Using a dry brush, lightly brush paint along the angle you’d like your stripes to go. Do a few more lines to use as a guide.
*Hint – dry brushing can flip little specks of paint around so use a drop cloth or work in an area where this won’t be a problem.
- Fill in paint until you like how it looks. I left mine pretty rustic.
- Let it dry, then peel off the tape.
- Stick another piece of tape over the edge of the painted area. You want the paint to meet, so you can even leave a tiny bit of paint showing.
- Use your ruler to help find what looks like the opposite angle of the stripes you’ve painted. You can be fancy and measure or just eyeball it.
- Paint a few guide stripes then fill the area in.
- Let it dry, then peel off the tape to see how it looks. If you need to do any touchups, now’s the time.
Now for the string art
- Print your design, line it up where you like it on the board, and tape it down.
- Hammer nails around the edges. I put mine about 1/3″ apart.
- Work across your board, hammering the nails firmly enough in that they won’t tip with a little pressure,
- Once you have the nails in, pull your paper off. You don’t want to skip this step – it would be really hard to get off after the thread is on.
- Tie your thread tightly on one of the nails. Outline your project by threading around each nail, with the thread on the outside of the outline.
- Fill in threads with a pattern, or randomly. I love the look of random for this project!
- Work your way all around, change colors if that’s part of your plan, then tie off tightly when finished.
- Outline your project again to give a clean finishing look. Pull your threads to the inside of the work to hide them.
Tips for string art projects
- Use softer wood to make it easier to get the nails where you want them.
- Avoid wood with knots.
- Be sure the nails aren’t going through the back of the board.
- Start with outlining your project by taking the thread around the outside of the nails, wrapping around each nail as you go.
- Finish your project by outlining again. This gives it a nice, clean look.
- Wrap the thread around each nail before moving on or occasionally throughout the process. It will help you keep the thread taut so you won’t have to pull as hard.
- Every so often, look at the board at an angle. The nails should be going in pretty straight. If they aren’t, fix the problem ones.
- Throughout the process, place your hand on the nails you’ve already put in to see if any feel way higher or lower than the others. It will help you stay consistent.
- If you need to take a break, keep the thread taut and wrap it around your board a few times so you can set it down without the whole things loosening up.
- Work from one side of your board to the other. It can be really awkward to get nails in the middle of an area that already has a few nails.
What projects have you made? Please share below!
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