Welcome to this DIY String Art project Step-by-Step tutorial.
For the past couple of years I have adored string art. It has been on my list of things to try forever. After perusing The Honaker Homemaker’s etsy shop I was finally inspired to give it a whirl. Lauren has amazing work and amazing prices. If you are looking for something unique check it out.
I also did this String Art Made Easy For Kids that you can check out if thinking to keep your kids occupied (they’ll love it!). If you feel like going against the tide then you might like this Reverse String Art project instead.
How Do you Start with String Art?
The sensible thing to say is start ‘easy’ of course. Don’t go for complicated projects (unless you are brave enough that is). I started making some initials first, see below, but, honestly, I think I could have done this “Home Sweet Home” as well.
However, that gave me me the practice and confidence needed to make this. It really is easier than I thought it was. But it will take you some time.
Now, I am not a professional string artist but this is how I did it and I feel like my home sweet home string art turned out awesome.
And what is needed for String Art? Essentially, you will need a wooden board, canvas, or foam board as the base, nails to hold the string in place, string or twine, a hammer to drive the nails, a pencil to trace the design, scissors to trim the excess string, and a design of your choice.
Let’s dive in our DIY fun now.
Home Sweet Home String Art Project
- Wood (mine was 13″ x 18″)
- Pre-wood conditioner
- Stain (I used Classic Gray by Minwax)
- 4 boxes of 5/8″ of linoleum nails (got mine at Lowes for $1.30 each)
- 1/16″ drill bit
- Embroidery floss (I used 2 white, 4 blue/green, and 2 coral)
- Optional: Silhouette Cameo and vinyl
Step-By-Step Instructions on How To Make String Art
Step 1 – The Boards
Cut your board the size you want it. Mine is a 13″ x 18″.
Sand smooth and then apply pre-wood conditioner if you use a soft wood like pine.
Follow that with your stain of choice – I used Classic Gray by Minwax.
Step 2 – The Design
Step 3 – Cut It Out
Either cut out your design with a Silhouette machine and vinyl or print copies of your design and use tape or repositionable spray adhesive to hold it in place.
Step 4 – The Holes
Next pre-drill holes about every 1/4″ – 1/2″ apart around your design.
This saves you from getting your fingers smashed by trying to pound every nail in the right place.
This also makes your nails go in straighter.
Step 5 – Remove Vinyl
Remove the vinyl when all the holes are drilled.
Step 6 – The Nails
Then just push your nails in place (have a cute little helper do this with you) and then hammer them in a little deeper.
Try and get them all at the same level.
Step 7 – OutLine
Then tie some embroidery floss on (yes I used all 6 strands) and go around the outer edge of your nails, like you are outlining it.
Step 8 – Fill It Up
Then fill it in by wrapping your floss around the nails.
There are no rules to this, just string until you like it.
Step 9 – Finish
I tried to end where I started so I could tie off the string there and then cut it.
Step 10 – Show It Off
I used 2 white, 2 coral and then 5 of the variegated aqua color floss to complete this sign.
I hung it in my mudroom.