String Art Tips and Tricks

DIY String Art Projects are fun and easy to make!  Here are some tips and tricks to get you started!

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I have a new love and it’s called string art.  Have you seen string art before?  I’ve been admiring this type of art for years but never once did I consider that I could actually make my own, because the projects just seemed so elaborate and complicated.  But when my friend Catherine organized a string art project party I decided to jump at the chance to learn how to make my own!

So on a snowy night in December a group of about 10 of us got together to learn about and make our very own string art projects.  And since this night took place before Christmas, we made reindeer heads and snowflake string art projects (here’s mine).  It was quite the night…10 gals with hammers made for quite a noisy time…but it was super fun.  And let me tell you, from that night on I was hooked!  Hooked.  I discovered that not only do I adore the look of string art, but I really, really enjoy the process of making them too, it’s quite relaxing.  Aside from all of the initial hammering of course (but admittedly hammering is quite therapeutic hahaha)!

 Last week a group of us got together again to make another project and this time I made this ‘love’ sign…we’re so hooked that we’re getting together next weekend to make another one!  For this ‘love’ sign I was inspired by this project which I thought was so beautiful, and if you don’t want to make one yourself, this shop has some beautiful items you can purchase!  But string art projects are much easier than you might think.  Honestly they are.

And they’re certainly worth the effort.  Look how pretty this is.

Valentines Day Mantel

With Valentines Day just around the corner I thought this ‘love’ string art project would look perfect on my Valentines Day mantel this year.  I think it looks love-ly with my Valentines Light Garland that I made last year!

Valentines Day String Art

pretty pretty pretty

String Art Tutorial

After having completed a couple string art projects I thought I would share some tips & tricks I’ve learned along the way!

Tools for String Art projects:

  • Nails:  I use 1 inch nails, but you can use any size you like depending on how many times you wish to wrap your string. I prefer to use white nails (they are panel nails) because I like the way they look with the white string.  But again, this is just personal preference.
  • String:  I use crochet thread (classic size 10), and I buy big rolls of them, they’re about $5 at Michaels.  Again, choose any colour you like.
  • Wood Board:  The size of your board depends on how big the pattern is that you choose.  For example, for this one I hand drew the pattern onto a piece of 8×10 paper, and used a 10.5 x 12.5 board.  You can stain the wood board in any colour you wish.  Just make sure to leave enough time for the board to dry before you begin your string project.
  • Hammer
  • Pattern:  See below

Tips for choosing a design/pattern:

  • If you want to make a word string art, choose a wide font like the ones below, so each letter has 2 tracks for the nails.

String Art Fonts

  • Images like hearts, anchors and stars are great starter projects.  Just google ‘string art patterns’ and tonnes of ideas will come up, including many free patterns you can download and print.
  • Once you’ve done one string art project you’ll see how easy they are and you’ll soon discover that you can make a string art project out of almost any picture.
  • Honestly the hardest part of string art projects is getting a piece of wood in the size you want then having to stain it!

String Art Tutorial

Tips & Tricks for making your string art projects  (see picture above):

  • If possible, have 2 sheets of your pattern ready:  one to tape onto the board, and one to use as a guide when stringing.
  • Tape your pattern onto your prepared board, and hammer the nails into each dot (see picture #2 in the above image).
  • Once the nails are all hammered in, I remove the paper at this point because it’s very hard to remove after the thread has been strung.  This is where your second pattern to follow comes in handy.
  • When starting your project tie the string onto a nail, securing it with a knot, and work out from there (see picture #3 in the above image).
  • I like to outline my piece first with string, then work towards the inside (see picture #4 in the above image).
  • To thread the string, just take your thread and make one wind around each nail as you go.
  • There are different ways to approach stringing the inside of your art piece.  You can be very methodical and string the thread in a pattern, or you can do it like me and string the thread around randomly (see picture #5 in the above image).
  • Don’t pull the string too tight as you go or your nails will start to lean in and may pop out.  Just pull the thread snug, but not hard. And keep your hammer handy in case you need to whack any wobbly nails back into place.
  • Once I have the inside filled out with string the way I want, I like to go back and outline the edges with the string again just to define it nicely.
  • Tie a knot in the string when you are finished (see picture #6 in the above image), and snip the ends then tuck them inside the string art so you can’t see them.

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So what do you think?  Are you ready to try a string art project of your own?  If you’ve ever thought about making one of these, you really should try.  I think you’ll be surprised at how easy and enjoyable they are to make.  I’m making another one next weekend because I. Can’t. Stop. Stringing. 🙂

Have an inspired day!

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6 Comments

  • Reply Debbie February 1, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    So fun & beautiful! I’ve never heard of string art before. I’m excited to give it a try! Thank you for your willingness in sharing, I appreciate it!

    May I ask you a question? Would you mind sharing where the basket on your hearth was found? Thank you for your time 🙂

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife February 3, 2016 at 8:00 PM

      Hi Debbie! I hope you try making a string art project – they’re so fun! And of course you can ask where the basket is from! I got it at Target about a year ago!

  • Reply Ashlee December 11, 2016 at 12:30 AM

    Hello,

    Great read! I am about to start my first string art project! Where did you get the template for the word Love?
    Thanks!

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife December 13, 2016 at 12:43 PM

      Hi Ashlee! I just used a font I found that I liked (I listed a few above)…any script font would work as long as the text is wide enough for a track of nails. Have fun!

  • Reply Amber palms February 19, 2017 at 9:10 AM

    How do you do specific areas with different colors?

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife February 27, 2017 at 3:40 PM

      Hi Amber! Sorry I missed your question! I’m not really sure how to do this, but I have done some colour areas by just starting a new string in the area I want to string. I know that some projects also use an ombre or gradual coloured thread to get a similar effect.

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