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. I love this idea and there's so much you can do with strings and nails.  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 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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