This project sort of fits under our little theme… I didn’t literally bring this back from my holiday visit but I had to keep my pie-hole zipped until after Christmas because I made one of these as a gift for my best friend! I originally made first California Love String Art for Walker and myself. We met in LA, so we thought this project would be a cute reminder that we could display in our house for a long time. The project would also make a great housewarming, wedding, anniversary, or Christmas gift.
I saw the wood rounds at Michael’s and I knew they were perfect to give the project a try (I had seen the idea on Pinterest ages ago). The wood goes from $8-$20 at your local craft store depending on what size/kind you get. A box of 100 pins in cool colors sets you back about $4 and the string is about $2. So you are looking at about a $15+ project. The instructions are below but I also sell custom string art on my Etsy store!
1. Print out an outline of the state you are making (use Photoshop to get it the perfect size for your wooden board) and mark the city of choice.
2. If using long pins, trim the pins to a reasonable size using wire cutters (to make it easier to hammer in straight as well as to make sure the pin doesn’t come out the other side).
3. Using the printed outline as a guide, hammer in each pin leaving a quarter to a half an inch of space between the pin head and the board (depending on how strong the pins are… if they are thin, the closer to the board the better so the string doesn’t bend them). You can place the pins as close together or far apart as you want, depending on the look you are going for. Obviously, the closer you put the pins the more pins you will need.
4. Draw a heart around the city of choice before removing the paper and hammer pins into place (I didn’t do this the first time… I decided to wing it and ended up with a funky little heart. We like it because it is quirky but it leaves a lot of mistake holes and a lopsided heart! Check out the difference below)
5. Remove the paper carefully without pulling out any of the pins.
6. Using the string, tie a sturdy knot (or two) around one of the pins. Loop it around one of the center (heart) pins and then around the next outline pin. For a very sturdy but very time consuming project, you can knot the string around each of the outline pins. However, I prefer just to loop it because it makes a nicer shape (and allows you to go back and fix the string if your finished product isn’t quite right). If the string breaks at any point, tie it to the last pin you can, tie a new piece of string to the same pin, and keep going!
7. Tie off the string on the last pin and push each string loop up toward the pin head (moves the string farther away from the wood to give it the most depth/texture). And ta-da: string art!
DISCLAIMERS: Don’t say I didn’t warn you…