Before starting this project, you’ll need the following materials:
Silhouette Cameo, Wood, Stain, Nails, Hammer, String
Hey everyone, I’ve been really trying to work on some new posts lately. A couple weeks ago I did a craft night with some friends and we did a Fall String Art craft. I posted the picture on my Instagram account and everyone loved it! So I decided to do a quick tutorial on how easy it really was to make.
For this craft night string art, my friend had her husband cut some wood slices. I think those turned out pretty cute too, but with this tutorial I wanted to make it on a piece of wood. I think either idea is great.
We had a blast with a sit-down dinner and then some crafting!!
all of our beautiful work!!
Step 1 – Sand Wood
As usual, I alway get a piece of wood at Lowes for $7.00 and they can cut it into 3 perfect 12×12 pieces. I’ven done this for several projects.
I pulled out some heavy duty sand paper, and sanded the edges down real good. I wanted to round them out and not be so sharp.
Step 2 – Stain Wood
This I used this beautiful stain that I’m obsessed with right now. I painted on two coats and let each coat dry an hour.
Don’t you just LOVE this color?!
Step 3 – Cut and add Stencil
Next, I cut out a stencil using my Silhouette Cameo. I decided to cut it out in vinyl so that it would stay in place. This Jack O’Lantern was perfect because it had the lines that I wanted to follow with my nails.
Step 4 – Add your Nails
When I grabbed my nails at Wal-Mart (.97 for the box) I found some copper one’s that I knew would be perfect.
I just picked a spot to start, then I went around the whole outside of the pumpkin. Try not to space them too far apart or too close.
I actually thought this looked really pretty on it’s own. Maybe it could have worked by itself if I placed the nails closer together. That could be my next project!
Step 5 – Adding your String
I found some beautiful colors, for my pumpkin. I didn’t want to go with the traditional orange. I was debating on coral or white, in the end I thought the white really gave the “POP” like I wanted. The coral would have looked better on an old white colored piece of wood.
I tied off my string on one of the nails and then I started filling in the center of the pumpkin. Working a section at a time. I honestly ddon’t think there’s a wrong way to do this part. After I filled in the center, I started my way around the edge of the pumpkin and down the lines of the pumpkin.
It starts filling in pretty fast. My only problem was the string getting knotted up. By the end of the first pack of string, I was having to cut pieces off and do sections.
Finally, I picked a pretty blue for the top of my pumpkin.
The longest part about this string art project was waiting for the stain to dry, and that dries within an hour!! So this is a pretty fast project. Perfect for a girls craft night!
I would really love to do another string art project again, maybe something for Christmas?? It was really a simple project to do and super inexpensive!
If you have any questions, I would LOVE to hear!! Have you done a string art project before and how did it turn out?