DIY Candy Corn String Art

DIY Candy Corn String Art

Hi all! It’s Cat from The Rustic Willow here stopping by for my monthly tutorial! I’m so excited about today’s project because it’s finally fall. Which means I can acceptably wear boots, eat pumpkin-spiced everything, and decorate with fall decor.

One of the first fall decor pieces I made this year was this DIY Candy Corn string art. I’m an avid string artist, and I love to always do at least one string art that reflects the season. I wanted to to an adorable candy corn one for this fall, and I love how it came out!

Don’t be intimidated if you’ve never done string art before, I’m going to walk you threw it. Just remember though, string art can either be extremely tedious or extremely relaxing. Take some time to enjoy yourself and make it relaxing!

Materials
– A wooden board (I used pine wood, size 10″x12″)
– One pack of wire nails. I personally use the #18 x ¾” wire nails. Do not get brad nails.
– A hammer
– Painter’s tape
– Black Acrylic Paint
– Paint brush or paint sponge
– Printer paper and printer
– String! What’s string art without string right? You’ll need white, orange, and yellow string for this project
– Hot glue
– Scissors
– Tweezers (optional but they make life easier)
Directions
1. Paint your board black. Let dry for 30 minutes.

DIY Candy Corn String Art
2. Print out an outline of a candy corn (just Google “candy corn outline” and pick which one you like best)
3. When your board is fully dry, position the printed out pattern on your board and secure it with painter’s tape. Once you tape it, make sure you step away from it and see if it’s centered. I’ve had many projects where I didn’t do this, and I didn’t find out until they were completed that they were off center. Let me tell you, it’s terrible!
4. Follow the lines of your outline and hammer in a nail about every centimeter(only nail the nails in halfway).
5. Continue the process until you’ve hammered the entire outline.
6. Rip the paper off over the nails—you may have little bits of paper stuck to where your nails are—don’t worry! This is what the tweezers are for. Use your tweezers to remove the bits of paper from the nails.

DIY Candy Corn String Art
7. Yay! You’ve accomplished so much so far, it looks cool doesn’t it? Now you’ll want to plug in your hot glue gun and let it warm up.
8. Pick a starting point nail—doesn’t matter which one. Add a dab of glue to about halfway down the nail and wrap your string around it three times. Hold it there until the glue dries (about 30 seconds). This is the most secure way I’ve found to keep your string steady onto your nail. If you do not have a hot glue gun, you can tie a double knot around the nail with your string to serve as your anchor point.
9. All right, finally, start to string! You’re going to zig-zag your string from nail to nail. There’s no science to this, you basically just have to eyeball it. I like to string randomly from nail to nail and then make sure to fill in any large, empty spaces by stringing across again.

candy corn 3

DIY Candy Corn String Art
10. Once you’re satisfied with your coverage of string, take your string and outline your pattern so that you can see the clear definition of what you’re creating. You can circle around each nail on the outside as you go along to ensure that it’s secure and won’t unravel. (Continue this for each color: white, orange, and yellow).
11. Once you’ve outlined your pattern, add a dab of hot glue to your end nail and wrap the string around three times, holding it secure until the glue dries. Again, if you do not have glue you can double knot.
12. Cut the excess string from your starting anchor nail and your ending anchor nail.
13. Ta-da! Take a step back and look how adorable your candy corn is. Pretty awesome, huh?
14: Optional: I used my Silhouette Portrait to cut out a stencil of “trick or treat” to paint on the bottom. This is optional but really adds something to the sign!

DIY Candy Corn String Art

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Cat is a social worker and journalist with a degree in Media Arts & Design from James Madison University. She lived in New Orleans for the past two years working with the homeless population but recently relocated to Denver. In her spare time she is crafting, cooking, decorating and creating anything she can. She believes the most delicious meals and the most beautiful decorations are homemade. She loves to experiment with her recipes and crafts to provide delicious and unique meals and crafts at an affordable price. She loves to travel, soak up new cultures, photograph everything and anything, and live life outdoors.

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