Thursday, January 19, 2012

String Wall Art for Valentines Day



I try to dabble in a variety of crafts just to keep things interesting, but every once in a while I find something that I'm obsessed with and can't get enough of.  This time it's string art.  If you've been following me on pinterest, then you saw me pin this amazing piece of art a little while ago...

This comes from the Curiously Wrought Etsy Shop.  I love this idea and there's so much you can do with strings and nails.  It looks pretty straight forward and easy too.  I thought, how hard could it be?  But I'm here to tell ya- there's definitely a learning curve, especially for someone like me who doesn't know how to hammer a nail in straight.
We replaced a rotted gate a few months ago that I've been wanting to turn into wall art. My husband was so confused (and still is) when I told him what I was planning to do.  One day he'll see the appeal of turning rotted wood into something beautiful.

With a lot of my husband's help (actually he did all of this part), I cut out three panels of the gate and glued/nailed them to a piece of plywood.  Then, I was on my own.


I typed the word "love" in Segoe Script font and used my Silhouette to cut it out.  Then I taped it to the wood.


I did the best I could to hammer the nails along the edge of the letters.  I tried to make the spacing between them consistent, but it wasn't perfect.


You bet I was proud of myself for nailing a hundred nails.  It was hard work- I sacrificed a nap time for that.

Twisting the string around the nails by hand proved to be a difficult task.  My husband was determined to find a better way, and I'll be honest I was betting against him.

But after fiddling in the next room for an hour, he came out with this nifty little tool that works wonders...


A pencil!

That's it.

He took out the mechanism inside and chipped a hole at the bottom of the orange tube so that I could slide the string through it.   (I'm a little embarrassed about my gross finger nails- I was laying grout for another project earlier that day.) This made things go smoothly.  Seriously, this is the way to go.  If I hadn't had this, I would have used way less string.

I love my husband!  He's amazing.


I wound the string through the nails randomly without overlapping until it looked evenly covered.  It took me half of the Bourne Identity movie to finish.


And I LOVE how it turned out!

Now I want to put nails and string all over my house.



 I'm sharing this "love"ly project with a few other blogs and Today's Creative Blog

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59 comments:

  1. This is spectacular! Would you be willing to share this at my Valentine Link Party going on now? I'd love to have you! Thanks, Michelle
    http://michellepaige.blogspot.com/2012/01/rockin-valentine-valentine-link-party.html

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  2. How cute! I've seen several cute string things pinned and wanted to try them -- now I'll just have to set to work on altering a mechanical pencil. :)

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  3. I love this nail and string art I've been seeing around lately! Fabulous job Janny & thanks for sharing!!

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  4. Wow! The string patterns don't look random at all! It looks very geometrical and well planned out. I can't believe you hammered all those nails. This is awesome.

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  5. Janny, that must have taken FOREVER!! Wow, it's incredible! I love how it turned out and it's so totally pinned! :)

    Thanks for linking up to my ongoing mantel party.

    My Thursdays are YOUR days party is still in full swing if you want to add this. It's okay to add both places. The mantel party stays up forever, but this party tends to get more daily traffic. http://www.52mantels.com/2012/01/thursdays-are-your-days-2.html

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  6. VERY CUTE! I can tell that it took forever, but it's worth it! It turned out amazing! Thanks so much for linking up to Sassy Sites for our Friday ffa party! Have a fabulous weekend!

    XOXO!
    marni

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  7. This is amazing! I love it and am pinning it right now :)

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  8. Wow! That's awesome! I need a good movie to watch so I can justify doing this! Looks fantastic!

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  9. This is absolutely amazing! Old reclaimed wood is the best resource in my book:)

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  10. This is amazing!! So creative, and it turned out absolutely lovely!! I added this to my Valentine's Day pinterest board : )
    Jaimee @ craft-interrupted.blogspot.com

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  11. This is beautiful - it turned out fantastic and husbands always are clever, aren't they?

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  12. This is SO COOL! I love it! Great job! I pinned this so I can attempt it later!

    If you're interested, we're hosting our first ever link up party. Please stop by and link up! http://www.waywardgirlscrafts.com/2012/01/wayward-weekend-week-1.html

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  13. Saw this on TT&J and had to come over to tell you how much I adore it! Kudos to your dh for thinking of the pencil idea - BRILLIANT!

    Rhonda @ home.made

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  14. Love this! Especially the pencil tip. Can't wait to try it, picking the word might be the hardest part! I've got pinned

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  15. This turned out great! Good job--simple and sweet. I hope you will link up to my I Heart Projects Party!
    http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com/2012/01/i-heart-projects-linky-party.html

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  16. This is awesome! How did you start and stop the string at the beginning and end? Did you use knots or just wrap it around a nail a few times to secure it?

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    1. I tied a square knot around the first and last nail. I also wrapped the string several times around every 10th or so nail so that if I lost my grip on the string it wouldn't all come undone at once. Hope that helps:)

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    2. You did a great job on this project. I would like to try this myself. I can't seem to be able to print out the letters big enough to
      trace as you did. Do I need a special program on my computer? All I have is 'word.' Also, is there a web site that shows more
      detail on how-to-do? Thanks

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  17. This is SO Great!!!!! I can't believe it only took you half a movie to do it! Now I want to try it. I always liked string art when I was a kid.

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  18. featured this on my blog! it's so great!!!! www.kimboscrafts.blogspot.com

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  19. this is so cool!! what a major advancement on plain old string art. and your hubby's a superman for figuring out that pencil thingy--amazing. thanks for sharing and have a great day. really want to try this

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  20. This is AWESOME and I LOVE your husband that he came up with that little tool for you! Seriously, nothing else true love more than that :)

    This will be a project that'll be ALL OVER Pinterest that's for sure!

    Pamela
    PBJstories.com

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  21. I TOTALLY love this! I'd LOVE to have you link up at Overflowing with Creativity #6 ---it just started!!!

    XO, Aimee

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  22. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday - you were featured today! - - Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

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  23. LOVE THE LOVE SIGN!!! Came over from 52 Mantels and so glad I did it's awesome! Following you now!

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  24. I am in love with this!! So cute! I totally want to make string art now!!
    xoxo, Ashley

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  25. I love this!! thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

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  26. Ok, this is just AWESOME! I LOVE it too!!!

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  27. Very, very well done!!! And good for him on his little work around!

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  28. THis came out awesome ! And great hubby for coming up with the helpful tool ! I just did a pinterest craft project for the first time over this past weekend and it got my creative juices (I didn't even know I had any) going so this is the next project !!!

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  29. Stunning! Beautiful! I had to pin it and share it on my CraftBliss Facebook page and link back to you. ~Dee

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  30. love this! i'm thinking maybe your husband needs to do a guest post on how he made that nifty tool!

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  31. Hi! I pinned this on Pinterest, posted on fb, and featured at Creative DIYers Club. Please feel free to grab the feature button :)

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  32. just wondering what kind of string you used for this?

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    1. I used regular multi-purpose sewing thread.

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  33. AH!!!! love it. :) Great tutorial, too. I wouldn't have thought to do that, even though I too love the string arts I've seen. I'm re-doing my girls' room and I think it'd be fun to do one that says "sisters."
    Jaime

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  34. HOw did i miss this? I want one for my house

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  35. Fabulous work! I am wanting to try some string art and will be pinning this for inspiration!

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  36. This is a silly question but I'm wondering what type of string you used and where you got it? Thanks! Sara

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    1. I used a heavy duty sewing thread. It's been hanging on the wall for 10 months now and the string hasn't broke so I think it's safe. I'd just try to find the thickest sewing thread that you can. I've seen people use yarn before, but I don't like that look as much.

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  37. LOVE IT!.... and don't worry about the nails, mine have been that way for a month now ... anyone who does anything messy will have those nails until they shower (just facet washing doesn't get it) ... problem is, I'm right back at it after the shower so its a permanent condition for me!

    OH! and I too love the tool you husband made! SO CLEVER! And I love that he wanted to make it easier on you....a keeper I would say.

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  38. Fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing the "hows" with us, too. I have some old wooden doors sitting in my garage; can't wait to try this out on one of them!

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  39. What size font did you use? I can get mine up to 230, but it doesn't look big enough on my board

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  42. Very nice idea! I like the handmade gifts. I'd love to share some other ideas of how to make the Valentine's Day more personal:
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  44. I've been wanting to do some string art for a while now, you just inspired me to try this out in my next day off from work. Awesome job!

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  45. You did a great job on this project. I would like to try this myself. I can't seem to be able to print out the letters big enough to
    trace as you did. Do I need a special program on my computer? All I have is 'word.' Also, is there a web site that shows more
    detail on how-to-do? Thanks

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  47. Thank you for this amazing post! I was able to make one for a party I am throwing and also as décor for my house! the mechanical pencil idea was ingenious and made this process 100x easier! Thank you again!!

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