Happy Wednesday, friends! Today I’m going to teach you how to make some fun, DIY string art boards! I’ve been wanting to make these for quite awhile – every time I see them in the store I think to myself “I could make that!” – and I finally got around to trying a few this weekend. I like how they turned out so well that I’m even planning to make some 4″x4″ heart ones for my valentines this year. 🙂 To make your life easier, I’ve created 8 different templates for you to download and print! These templates are free to my newsletter subscribers, so click below to subscribe and gain access to all of my FREE printables! If you’re already a subscriber, they are readily available to you in my printable library. 🙂 Enjoy!
I hope these instructions make it easy for you to create your own beautiful piece of string art! They make great gifts too. 🙂 As always, feel free to reach out if you have any questions.
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- 1x12x4′ common board (This will make 4 art boards)
- Printable Template (I did the branch)
- Wood Stain (I used this one)
- Foam Brush
- Nails (I used 2 boxes for the branch template)
- String (Mine is actually from Dollar Tree!)
STEP 1: STAIN
Since my templates are designed to print on standard letter sized paper, a 12″x12″ board works great. Begin by cutting your 1x12x4′ board into four 12″ boards. Then, stain your entire board (front, back, and all sides) and let it dry for at least 4 hours.
STEP 2: NAILS
Once the stain is dry, center your printed template on the board and hammer in a nail in each of the corners of the image. This will hold your paper in place as you hammer in the rest of the nails. Continue installing the nails (one in each dot) until all your dots are covered.
Next, tear your paper out from under the nails. You may need to used needle-nose pliers or tweezers to get some of the smaller pieces out. (My son helped me do this part. 🙂 )
STEP 3: STRING
Now comes the fun part! Begin by tying your string in a knot around one of the corner nails. Then, keeping the string taught, lace all the way around the edge of the image. I like to wrap a full circle around every third or fourth nail to help keep the string in place.
After you’re done with the border, get creative with filling in the sections of the image! String from one nail on one side to another nail on the opposite side until the inside is covered. I chose to do my stem first and then go back and fill in each leaf.
When you’re done lacing the string, tie off your string on a nail and then cut the end at about 1/2″ and just push it underneath some of the string to hide it.
And that’s it! Now you have a fun piece of art to display in your home or office! I placed mine on our open shelves in the dining room.
I hope you all have fun with this one! And don’t forget to click below to sign up for our newsletter and get my 8 free printable templates! See you Friday with my favorites from the week. 🙂