String art is something that amazes all of us, but very few actually try it. Even though the art looks complex and intricate, it’s actually super easy to do it! If you’re wondering how to make string art, then check out this simple step-by-step string art tutorial below!

Supplies

It’s way easier than you think!
It’s way easier than you think! Source: Towncontractors 

Here’s a list of supplies that you can gather from your local crafts shop to start your own string art piece:

Get The Plaque Ready

For a simple solution, you can use a wooden cutting board to make string art!
For a simple solution, you can use a wooden cutting board to make string art! Source: Sew Much Ado

After getting the plaque in the right size, you’ll only need to sand the rough edges and stain it.

If you want to go deeper into it, you can paint it with a colorful tone and add a couple thin coats of poly to make it weatherproof.

Make a Template

You can also make an outside shape around your initial to create a negative space style
You can also make an outside shape around your initial to create a negative space style. Source: HGTV

Use kraft paper to draw your string art design or print an outline on your home printer. Here are some ideas if you haven’t decided yet:

  • Outline of your state
  • Inspiring words like “dream” or “smile”
  • Your initials
  • Other shapes, such as: heart, star, a fruit, etc.
  • Skylines
  • Quotes and phrases

Insert the Nails

Don’t worry, the template is just to get the nails in the right place, you’ll take the paper out later.
Don’t worry, the template is just to get the nails in the right place, you’ll take the paper out later. Source: Honey and Fitz

After getting your template ready, center it on your plaque and secure it in place with tape. Start hammering your nails along the outline of the design, leaving a small gap between them, just like in the picture above.

Remove the Template

Remove the template slowly so the nails stay in place.
Remove the template slowly so the nails stay in place. Source: DIY Network

When you’ve finished tracing the entire template, remove the paper carefully. Go slowly so the nails stay in place. Check to see if everything looks level and even.

Apply String

Here comes the fun part - adding the string!
Here comes the fun part - adding the string! Source: DIY Projects

To start applying the string, tie a knot around the first nail and then work back and forth between the nails. Keep moving forward when you think it’s right. Depending on the design, it may look better with more or less thread.

Here’s a video by Crafts With Ellen detailing the process:

 

Tip:

You can wrap the string around each nail a couple of extra times to make the color pop more.

Finishing

Make sure your final knot is tight, so the project doesn’t come loose.
Make sure your final knot is tight, so the project doesn’t come loose. Source: Design Crush Blog

After making your way through the entire string art design (or through each letter of a word), pick an end point, preferably on the outside of the project, and tie a knot around the nail.

Pay attention:

Make sure the start and finish knots are tied nice and tight, so the project doesn’t unravel. You can use a glue gun for extra safety.

Display

Doesn’t this elephant string art look perfect for a nursery?
Doesn’t this elephant string art look perfect for a nursery? Source: Erin Spain

Your string art design is ready to be displayed! You can use a strong adhesive to hang the piece in place or simply display it on top of the mantel for an easy solution.

What will be your first string art design? Let us know at our Facebook page or in the comments below!

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