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Everything you need to know about crafting a string art project

The string art has been here for a little while. The technique initially appeared during the 40s, however, it became extremely popular in the second half of the 70s. It now makes a massive comeback as an easy, cheery, and beautiful way to make your own artwork at home. You can decorate your wall with it.

It doesn’t need lots of materials, which makes it more inexpensive compared to other art techniques.

In the following article, we’ve included everything you need to know about making your first steps into the string art projects.

What are the tools that you need?

Here is a list of the key tools needed for every DIY string art project:

  • Wood board: Its size totally depends on the size of the pattern you will choose. You can also paint the board in any color you like, or simply use a reclaimed wooden board.
  • Nails: most of the people prefer 1-inch nails as they are not too showy, however, you can choose any size you like depends on how many times you wish to wrap your string
  • String:  the classic crochet thread  (size 10) is commonly used. The string colors are of your own choice.
  • Hammer: you can use either small or big hammer, just make sure all your fingers are safe
  • Pattern:  take a look at the next part of the article

  How to choose the right pattern for you?

  • If you are a newbie in the string art crafting, why don’t you search in Google for “beginner string art patterns”. Figures such as hearts, anchors and Christmas trees, are an ideal starter project.    
  • If you are a fan of the word string art, my advice is to choose a wider font so each letter has at least 2 tracks for the nails.
  • Once you are done with your very first string art project, you would see you can do any image (string art is easier than it looks)
  • The most difficult step in the process of making a string art project is to get a wood board in the right size you need it and then stain it!
  • There is also a great collection of more than 30 free printable string art patterns on Décor Home Ideas page.

Useful tips & know-how for making a decent string art project:

  • To start, it is better to print to copies of your pattern – one to use on the board, and another one to guide you while stringing.
  • Always use tape to secure the pattern on the board while hammering.
  • I suggest removing the paper at this point because, afterward, when the thread is strung, it would be almost impossible.
  • Knot (secure) the string onto the first nail and start working from there.
  • To thread the string, just take your thread and make one wind around each nail as you go.
  • There are various ways to approach stringing the inside of your art piece.  You can be highly systematic and string the thread in a pattern, or you can be a bit more creative and string the thread around randomly.
  • Don’t pull the string too tight as you go or your nails will start to lean in and may rise out.  Just pull the thread snug, but not hard.
  • Once you have the inside filled out with string the way you want, go back and draw the edges with the string again just to define it finely.
  • Fasten a knot in the string when you are done and cut the ends then tuck them inside the string art so they are not obvious.

So do you find it hard or easy? Are you planning on crafting your own string art project during the Christmas holidays or the summer break? Try it out and you’ll see it is easy and enjoyable.

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