30th May2013


DIY String Art

by Dinah Wulf
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I recently attended the Elevate Blog Conference 2013.  One of the fun activities we did was a nail art and string art craft.  There were several patterns we could choose from and for some reason yours truly decided to pick the hardest one!  What was I thinking?  I know… I was thinking that I love antlers!  Needless to say, I ran out of time and had to finish this project at home so I decided to share it today.

I have to make as early disclaimer… IT DIDN’T TURN OUT!  My antlers look horrible, but I had to share it mainly because my friends Tara and Joni would get a kick out of the final product.  They both thought I was insane for choosing it in the first place.

Although it didn’t turn out, here is how I did it. Perhaps if you printed a simpler pattern, OR you can kick some nail art antler booty, this project’s for you!

Materials:

  • Piece of wood
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Pattern
  • String
  • Scissors

First, place your pattern on the wood.  Secure it by hammering in a few nails along your line.  Here is a photo of the pattern and string I used.

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Continue hammering nails along your pattern.  Once you are finished, remove the paper.  Here’s is what mine looked like.  I know I know, not perfect.

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Next, tie your string to one of the nails and make a knot.

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Start weaving your string. I went around twice.

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Here is the after photo.  If you look quickly it’s not that bad.  If you look closely, the antlers look horrible!  Oh well! I think I may need to mark this one as a craft fail!

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Dinah Wulf
Dinah is a craft, home décor, & DIY Blogger for www.diyinspired.com, an eco-friendly site promoting repurposing through reinvention. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. Formerly an educator at CSUF and business owner, she now is a full time writer, Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, 3M DIY Expert, and a member of Martha’s Circle. She has blogged for multiple websites including Fix.com, Earth 911, Home Made Simple, and Sprout Online and has been published in a few magazines and ebooks. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Buzzfeed.
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4 Responses to “DIY String Art”

  • Kuks Barrera

    It looks ok! I get it though. It looked like a pant-load of nails when you were hammering them in. Now you know what to do next time. I’ve always wanted to try this.

    -JJ

  • Ah man, all that hammering work! Sorry it didn’t work out. I did really like the craft & plan to do a couple more but it won’t involve antlers :)

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