I have been wanting to make string art since the first time I made it in Year 5, back in 1986. It was for a class project and I made a red, white and blue yacht. I’m pretty sure I still have it too.
Today’s diy was a little bit smaller and it only took a couple of hours. I was inspired by some art I saw on Pinterest and thought I’d give it a go.
I didn’t research any tutorials or find out how to do it. I think the best thing about diy is that it’s okay to have some flaws and for it not to be completely perfect. I sort of remembered how to do it so I went by memory.
Mum and Dad have recently put decking down at the back of their place and I had an offcut of timber which is what I used for the base. I had some neon builders string leftover from when I made some neon moss balls with my friend, Reannon. Some small nails, a small hammer, paper, pencil, ruler and some sticky tape is all that was needed to complete the project.
I roughly drew up a design of two arrows on a piece of paper. Then I secured the paper to the wood with some tape and started tapping in the nails. You can measure the distance between the nails which is what I did on the long sides of the arrows but I just eye-balled it on the smaller areas.
Once all the nails were in place, I removed the paper. Then it was time for the stringing. There’s no real way to do this. If you had a more intricate pattern I suppose there would be a method of stringing from nail to nail however, I wanted a more free flowing design so just made it up as I went along.
And here’s the finished product. I’m quite happy with how it turned out. It’s bright and cheerful and handmade which is my fave. Let’s just hope it doesn’t unravel overnight.
Until next time …