DIY String Art
Let create a little DIY String Art using some beautiful pink tones in a gorgeous Hemptique twine. I love sting art because it allows for so many possibilities including size, style, colors and design. I am going to break down the steps to create a simple DIY String Art for you so you can get started on one of your own right away. This post is sponsored by Hemptique but the ideas and opinions are my own.
Materials Needed for DIY String Art
- Twine or Cord. The type you use depends on the look you want to create. I love the hemp cord because it works well and creates a beautiful finished look. If you want something more delicate, try a thinner twine.
- Nails. Small, regular nails from the hardware store work great. Just make sure they have a large enough head on them to keep the cord from slipping off the tops when stringing.
- A surface. Wood is my favorite option. You can use wood that is plain like a board, or you can use painted, wood and/or covered in felt or cloth.
- Pattern. The easiest way to make a pattern is to use thin paper. I recommend parchment paper.
- Craft Hammer.The smaller size comes in really handy for this project.
- Scissors. Smaller scissors are easier for getting in to the nailed areas to trim cord.
Steps to Make String Art
Start by creating a pattern. Trace your wood surface onto parchment paper to get an idea of exactly how much space you have to work with. If you are wanting to create a specific logo or design, print it first then cut it out. If you can trace it to the parchment paper, it will make it much easier to remove once all of your nails have been hammered into the wood.
Inside that space, draw a simple pattern and cut it out. Nail the pattern to the wooden surface, spreading the nails apart between 1/2 inch to an inch. The final designs will look very different depending on how far apart the nails are placed.
Remove the pattern.
Before you start stringing, Unwrap your string and find the end. Determine your starting point and tie a knot around that nail. If desired, dab a bit of clear-drying glue or clear nail polish on the knot and let it dry to create extra stability. This is a good step when working with kids.
Wrap the string around the nails, creating as you go. This can be done any way. It is sometimes good to go around the outside edge but not required. It is a totally different look depending on whether or not it is done.
Once you are complete, tie off the cord. Again you can seal with clear nail polish if desired.
Another String Art Project
Ryp cut a board from an old shelf. We painted the board and sanded it a little then added the nails to spell J.J. (Jordan’s nickname).
She used some twine to create this adorable decoration for her room! This is a great hands-on teenager project. It would be great to do with a troop of Girl Scouts at this level.
Ten Reasons to Craft
I am going to say this again. Crafting is just a great idea. It is proven that crafting can be really good for mental and emotional health. Studies show that making and crafting can lower anxiety. Another benefit to crafting is that it creates connection. When we make things and give them to others, we spread kindness and love. Here are my top ten reasons to craft with kids, and I mean kids of all ages.
- Mental Health Benefits – Crafting puts me in a good mood.
- Self Expression – Crafting allows me to express myself.
- Education and Growth – I learn new skills by making things.
- Connection – Crafting connects me others through workshops, classes and gifting.
- Decor – Through making and crafting, I can totally customize every aspect of my decor.
- Gift Giving – Gifts is totally my love language. I love to make handmade gifts.
- Offline Time – Crafting keeps me off of my phone and social media. We all know this can be beneficial.
- Income – Because I craft and sell items that I make, I have an additional income source.
- Fun – I like to have fun and to me, making things is fun.
- Socializing – Attending events where crafting is a part gets me out and around others with like minds.
PS: Here is another really fun project using Hemptique cord. This wreath could be done in any color scheme so works great for all of the holidays and party themes.