Friday, June 14, 2013

Pinteresting: String Art

Our church offers growth groups based on certain study topics or interests. Of course, when I saw there was a Pinterest group, I knew I had to be a part of it! :) Our first project was string art.

That "Bon Appetit" one is Amy's. Isn't it great? :)

I started with a free(!!!) piece of wood that I got from Lowes. They only had large boards available but an employee cut it down for me, free of charge. I should have had the lady cut it down smaller... Whyyyy eighteen inches... Whyyyy?

I primed it with my fave primer, Zinsser Cover Stain and then painted it bright yellow with some sample Valspar paint, also from Lowes. I like to pick up these samples when they are only a dollar or so.

I installed some d-ring hangers that I picked up in the picture hanging aisle at Lowes. You will need a drill for this part. If you are using a smaller piece of wood, you don't need to go so heavy-duty on the hangers.

For your image, you can basically do whatever you want. You can do a word, phrase, quote or image. You can draw it or print it off the computer. I had to draw mine because my board was so. darn. huge. Tape your paper onto the board to keep it in place. I used painter's tape so that it wouldn't damage the finish.

Use some nails or tacks and hammer them in, following the lines of your word or image. I got these gold nails... also at Lowes. (Sorry it's so out of focus!)

You can space your nails out as far or close together as you want. For tight curves, I suggest you put your nails close together.

This was an extremely loud activity.

This was also an extremely time consuming activity. I think it took about two hours just to get the nails done. And two boxes of nails. Good thing those boxes were cheap!

Hello chandelier! (Could you tell what it was?)

When you are done with your nails, start wrapping your string around the nails. You can add a dab of glue to keep your string in place.

Annnddd Jess painted a wine holder made of wooden pallets instead of string art.

Group picture!!! ... Of what was accomplished in two hours.

Too bad none of us were able to finish the project for that photo. I don't know if I will ever be motivated to finish mine! Amy and Jessie were able to finish theirs by the next week. Here is Amy's (again):

Check out the amazing wall art she made. Love those gesture lines!

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  1. what a fun project! I could totally tell it was a chandelier :) They look really great- I think you should finish yours :)

  2. lol, I'm sure it was really loud. I love them look of these things!

  3. What a fun project, love the results so far! You can also make string art on your walls ;)! I hope you'll finish yours.....and show it here?
    Have a nice weekend. Hugs, Ilona

  4. Definitely finish yours! It is such a great idea. It will look amazing.

  5. This turned out great! I remember this craft type from my childhood, but you make it look so modern and fresh! I wanted to let you know that I moved Printabelle's link party over to my site: I'd love for you to link up there! Thanks!

  6. Whoah! This is such a neat project. Definitely going on my "must try" list and pin board for the summer!

    Jenn/Rook No. 17

  7. Love it when churches do creative things! What a great idea for a small group - AND I love your choice for the string art!

  8. String art is such a fun project! Love your chandy, and that bon appetit would be perfect for a kitchen!!

  9. This is fabulous!!!
    Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday Link Party!
    Hope your week is extraordinary!


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