How do you draw a circle using only straight lines? Tangent lines! Ok, so math dork humor aside, string art looks pretty cool, is easy to create, and is a very forgiving medium.
- A wood base (you can use scrap wood or purchase a wood plaque at your local craft store)
- Paint (optional)
- 1 inch nails (you will need quite a few of these depending on the size of your project)
- Embroidery floss in various colors
- Hanging kit
- If you want to paint the wood base, start with this step. If not, move onto the next. Natural wood can be just as beautiful as painted wood, so this is your judgment call. If you choose to paint the wood, allow it to dry fully before moving on to the next step.
- Decide what sort of pattern you want to create. Basic string art begins with circles or straight lines. You can run an internet search for string art to see all of the different options out there. I will show how to create the string art shown at the top of this page, which is made up entirely of straight lines. This picture shows a circle base.
- Draw your desired pattern on the wood. You may choose to trace a bowl or plate for the circle or use a ruler for the straight lines.
- Hammer nails into the wood along the lines. I positioned the nails about 1/2 inch apart (my project is roughly 16 x 12 inches). You may choose to space them farther apart for a larger project or closer together for a smaller project. Do not hammer the nails all the way into the wood. You need to leave enough nail sticking out to tie string around.
- Tie the embroidery floss on your starter nail with a square knot and start weaving the string around the nails. When you are finished with one string, tie it to a nail, but do not cut the string. The fantastic thing about string art is that you can take off the string at any point and start over if you do not like the direction you are headed.
- Continue adding different colors of thread until you are pleased with the results. Trim the excess thread.
- Install the hanging kit as per the manufacturer’s instructions and proudly display your art!(Note: the last string art was completed by a friend of mine)