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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.

INITIALS string art

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

DIY String Art Project Step By Step 1


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.

string art board

Step 2 – The Design

Next design your saying. I used the Pacifico font for “sweet” and Abadi MT Condensed for “home”.

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.

string art home sweet home

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.

home string art

Step 5 – Remove Vinyl

Remove the vinyl when all the holes are drilled.

drilled holes

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.

Placing nails
Nails ready

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.

Starting with the string
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Detailed outlining string

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.

home sweet home string art
House detail

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.

home sweet home

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  1. Beautiful! I’m planning to update my son’s room this Spring, and I want to incorporate some string art. Your tutorial gives a bit of confidence that I’ll be able to pull it off.

  2. It turned out lovely!! I’ve never known if there was a method-to-the-madness so far as wrapping around the nails in a certain direction or whatnot, to get full coverage! Thanks for setting the record straight on that one!
    I love the colors you chose as well – the aqua mix is delighftul, and the coral is, ahhh *sigh*, so bright and cheerful 🙂

  3. How deep did you drill your holes? I tried this a few days ago (before your tut) and I seemed to make more of a mess of the board with predrilling. Plus the drill got really heavy! I think I need to backtrack and try something simple first. Thanks for the tut!

  4. Please let me know how it turns out! It was on my list for awhile, and I am so glad to finally have it hanging on my wall. 🙂

  5. I would say I went about 1/4″. Did you see the initials I did first? I shared them on my Instagram feed, and you can click on the link in this post to see them. They definitely helped me get the idea before tackling a larger project like this one.

  6. LOVE this! I think my friend and I are going to have a crating day tomorrow and try to recreate this. Thanks so much! 🙂

  7. I’m wondering if this would work as a large art design done in drywall. I need something big above my sofa. What do you think?

  8. I just recently was directed to your blog by a friend and am having an absolute ball catching-up! I used to do String Art a zillion years ago and loved it, but haven’t seen any examples in eons! Yours is great — I’m inspired to revisit the craft!! Thanks!

  9. Yay! Welcome to Infarrantly Creative, Jeanne! I am so glad to have you as a new reader and to know that you enjoyed this tutorial. 🙂

  10. Very cute. Thanks for sharing. I’ve been playing with string art for a couple of weeks now, and I was wondering how you were able to get everything so straight. Hmmmm…vinyl template and pre drill. Thanks! Cannot wait to start making more string art for our local craft fair.

  11. Yep, the template makes it easy to get it perfect and saves a lot of headache. I’d love to see your creations when you’re done!

  12. I’m going to try this craft at our church camp with 4th -6th graders, but with a simpler pattern. (A cross, or house or heart). I’m testing it on my 4th grade daughter. She is frustrated that the string slips off the nails a lot as she is wrapping it. Any suggestions on how to keep the string from slipping? Is there a technique to it?

  13. Not really. I just use my thumb to hold the string on the nail as I move to the next one. It just takes some practice.

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