I am way late on this Pinterest craze… along with subway art and melted crayons, string art has faded from the front page. But then I saw it in a recent Country Living magazine (I know, I know, I am nowhere close to living in the country, but a girl can dream) and it sparked my interest once again. However… I have no planks of wood available and I don’t feel like messing with a bunch of nails (which is probably why I don’t live in the country), so I decided to tweak the idea a bit. But first, I went to Pinterest for some inspiration… below is a handy dandy collection of some of the most popular string art ideas:
After perusing the many (many, many!) ideas, I planned out a new addition to my nautical wall with a few requirements: no nails, no new purchases, and it had to be completed in an afternoon. Let’s get started!
Nautical String Art
Time: Maybe 1-2 hours
Cost: $5 – $10
- poster board
- embroidery floss and needle
- pointy device (awl, paper clip, scissors, etc.)
- image of an anchor (or any other object or word)
- hoop or frame
1. Lay the hoop on a piece of poster board, and trace inside the opening.
2. Center and tape a copy of the anchor (or other image) onto the poster. I just Googled “anchor” and printed the one I liked (you can see where my ink ran out); if you’re interested: here is the link.
3. Mark dots on the outline of the image – I would say every ½-inch or so, maybe closer together on the curves.
4. Poke holes through each dot with your pointy device (I used an awl). This is definitely the most annoying part, probably just like nailing is the most annoying part if you were using wood. But don’t worry, the next part is fun!
6. Thread an embroidery needle and backstitch around the outline (just knot the floss on the back to start and stop). I used three strands of green and three strands of metallic blue for the outline.
7. When the outline is complete, then you will start filling in the middle with criss crossing lines. I used one strand of green and two strands of metallic blue for the inside lines.
8. Criss cross until you’re satisfied with the results.
9. Cut out the hoop outline, and pop it into the hoop. It might help if you cut about ¼-inch bigger all around, so you can fit it snugly in the hoop.
Ta da! I removed my Sail On mini quilt from my nautical wall, and now I’m rearranging and thinking of new ideas to fill the empty space.
This is a good start, and it was super fun/easy/quick… my favorite kind of project!
I say it every time… Hooray for Pinterest!