How To Make String Art


Are you looking for a cute wall piece to liven up your living room, or a cute meaningful gift for someone that is hard to buy for? Why spend a ton of money at a department stores for decorations or gifts, when you could simply make them yourself!

I have always been one for arts and crafts, and with pinterest constantly filling my head with crafty ideas and do it yourself projects, string art just looked and sounded something cool to do! If you know how to handle a hammer and can tie a knot, this project should be easy and fun.

Here are my steps start to finish to help you to successfully make a beautiful and one of a kind string art project perfect for a gift, or simply as a decoration in your own home. Trust me, people will be asking where you got them.

 

Lets Get Started!

 


Step 1: Tools and Supplies

First you must decide what kind of material you would like to work with( wood, canvas, etc.), and collect all of the supplies you will need. In this project, here is a list of the supplies used:

  • Wood (size is optional, however it must be at least a half inch thick to ensure nails can be        hammered deep enough to prevent them from coming loose)
  • Nails- (16mm-25.4mm long)
  • String (color is optional)
  • Printed string art pattern or stencil
  • Hammer
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Hot glue gun (optional)
  • Wood Stain (optional)
  • Paintbrush (optional)

 

 


Step 2: Hammer Time!

For this project, I chose to print out an outline, and tape it to my surface. If you would rather, you can draw the image straight on the surface, and follow the lines that way. The benefit of taping your outline onto the board is that you can remove the stencil later on and not have unwanted lines left behind. It also makes following the pattern very simple and easy.

As you can see in the pattern above, the lines are quite complex. If this is your first time attempting string art, I would suggest a less intricate stencil, and work your way up to more difficult patterns.

When hammering the nails, space them about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch apart.

Once you have finished hammering, go back through and make sure each nail is secure. This is VERY important to do to ensure that while stringing, the nails will not be pulled out, or loosen. This is also crucial to do before the outline is removed because when pulling the outline off, nails that are not secure will come out.

After removing the outline, I chose to stain the piece of wood in order to create a more bold background for the string to stand out from. This step is optional, however, it definitely adds to the piece.

 


Step 3: Ready, Set, STRING!

For this project, I decided to do a thick cross string pattern.

Essentially, there is no pattern to follow, simply begin by tying a double knot around one nail, this will be your starting point. Be sure to leave a long tail to connect your end piece of string with. From there, create the outline for your pattern by looping the string around the outer points of the pattern.

Once you have the outline strung up, begin crossing the string through out out the nails and fill in the pattern. Decide whether you want your pattern to look more ‘holey’, meaning the board beneath is visible, or more filled in where you cannot see the board.


Step 4: Finishing Touches

This step is just for tying up all the loose ends. (Literally)

Be sure that the string is tight and you have gotten the look you want. For extra securing purposes, use a hot glue gun to glue the two trimmed end pieces that are tied together. This is of course optional, however it does help the piece to last for years to come.

Katie Buckley is a University of Montana Senior in pursuit of a Marketing Degree as well as a certificate in Event Management. She loves Pinterest and gains a lot of her DIY inspiration from the creativity of others and hopes to share her own ideas projects with the world and inspire others.

Montana: by a Northern Californian

screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-8-47-46-amIt is no secret that the majority of the University of Montana student body is made up of Montana born and raised students (we’re talking 74% in-state). It is also no secret that there are “Keep California Out!” signs on everyone’s lawn (not really).

“Oh where are you from?” – Seemingly interested older Montanan

“Sacramento, California!” – Me

“…I’m sorry…” – Now uninterested and bitter older Montanan

“I’m not 🙂 Thanks for having me!” – Smiling me

Take a minute to listen up. I may not speak on behalf of the rest of the Californians in Montana, but I have a perspective I’d love to share. The second I stepped on University of Montana’s campus I knew that it could be my home away from home. The city of Missoula, hell the state of Montana, felt like hugging someone that you haven’t seen in years. I’ve been here for 4 very short years and no, I don’t plan on staying, but yes I will be back to visit. The reason being that it offered the experience of a lifetime for this particular time in my life.
For anyone who’s interested, University of Montana allowed me to step away from most everything I knew in Sacramento (yes I had seen snow, every year in Tahoe minus the recent winters). I was able to clearly establish my values as a young adult, assess the type of future I wanted, and walk away with some of the best friendships I will have for a lifetime.
You see, us Northern Californians appreciate tall trees, snowcapped mountains, cleaning our campsites and wandering to find that adventure just doesn’t end. I can single-handedly agree that California has some extreme undesirables. But so does Montana (hello Meth Capital), so does Colorado, so does New York, and Wyoming and every other state you can name. How do you think Arizona feels hosting all the frail Montana old-timers looking for warm retirement? Probably a mix of “stay in your own state” and “please contribute to our economy; look we have handicap approved EVERYTHING!”

I’ll leave on this note. The amount of times that people think that I’m a Montanan prior to asking is remarkable. Let’s just say I’ve had to convince just about everyone I meet with a valid California drivers license. My experience with those who are excited to have me is what makes Montana “the last best place”. The nay-sayers couldn’t keep me out if they tried.

By: Lia Sbisa, proud Sacramento Native and Montana Visitor

10 Ideas for Graduation Cap Decoration

 

  1. Your Name

NameName

 

 

Putting our names on our possessions is what we have been doing since kindergarten. Now you are graduating and it’s time to decorate your mortarboard. You can use your first name only or last name as well. Style your name in a fancy way to let the audience know who is graduating 🙂

 

 

  1. Something related to your major

Major (math)Major (accounting)

If you have something that you repeatedly learn in your major or something that is very important in your major such as an equation, show it on your graduation cap. It represents what you got from school.

 

 

  1. School theme

School ThemeWhat about adding your school’s mascot?

 

 

  1. Future

FutureAdventure Is Out There

 

Tell the audience where you are going after you graduate from college! Make them excited as well by letting them know what is waiting for you in the future.

 

 

  1. Memory from college

Memory

Add something special to remind you of your college career. This could be some study buddies who you always studied with or with others whom you had the most precious time during school.

 

 

  1. Character

Captain AmericaAriel

 

Take your favorite character to your graduation. Be creative by using quotes from them! It will be entertaining for everyone at the graduation!

 

 

  1. Quotes and Phrase

Just did itBye Felicia

If you have any favorite quotes or phrases that are always in your mind, you could use them as a decoration to deliver your message to the audience. Some suggestions would be favorite quotes from a movie you always watch or a phrase that a famous company uses as their slogan.

 

 

  1. Thank Something

Thanks Mom And Dad And Coffee

Graduation is a great opportunity to say “Thank you”: thank someone who supported you through your college life; thank somewhere you always went during exam weeks; thank something that helped you keep energized when you took down your enemy aka homework.

 

 

  1. Confess Something

Btw i have a tatoo momThis is a great time to confess something. Tell your friends or family something you have kept secret. Surprise!

 

 

  1. 3D decoration

Beer PongBooks and Horse

 

I was impressed how creative people are when I was searching these images. Express what you liked from your school life with a miniature figure of it such as beer pong on your graduation cap. Cool!

 

 

 

 

 

Now what?

 

Did you find any good ideas for your graduation cap? I think it will be fun to decorate your cap because it becomes a memory of the last moments of your college life. It could be your last study break after you have all of your final project done. I hope this article helped you come up with a unique idea and was entertaining for you.

Montana Art Galleries:

The Ultimate Art Gallery Map for Montana Art Galleries

This map of Montana shows all the art galleries and museums by town. First, just search or find the town you are in, and then click on the red dots to find there location and contact information.