DIY String Art



String art is one of those DIY projects I have always loved but I’ve been too intimidated to try. I convinced myself it was too hard, too tedious or that I just couldn’t do it. Well I finally got the nerve and boy, let me tell you, I was wrong. It is beyond easy. Let me be clear, this could definitely become a tedious and difficult project, but it certainly doesn’t have to be. I plan to make a more complicated design now that I have done an easy one. Let’s get started!

First you’ll need a design idea. State outlines are incredibly popular and that’s exactly what I did. I’ve also seen designs where there is a heart in the location of the city you’re from within a certain state. You can also choose a word, a shape like a flower or bird, etc. I chose to do my home state, New Mexico 🙂

Next, you’ll need some supplies:


You’ll want to cut out your design so that there is no white background. If you’re a heart for a city, I’d recommend cutting the heart shape out of the paper, too. Then you’ll want to place your design on top of your cork or wood. If you’re using a cork square, I recommend gluing two squares together first. This will make sure that your board is secure and your nails don’t go completely through the first board.


Start nailing around the border of your design. You’ll want to keep the nails in tight together, no more than 1/4-1/2 inch a part. You don’t want to hammer in the nails all the way, yet…just enough to be secure in the board. You want to hammer your nails around the outside of the design, not necessarily nailing into the paper. This will make taking the paper off your design super easy. Once you have your design completed outlined, remove the paper from the board. You may have to tear your paper if you had an nails stuck in it, but you don’t need the paper again so that’s okay.

Start with a single strand of embroidery floss (not the thing single string, but the batch of strings) and tie a knot on one of the nails. You can start anywhere you’d like! After the string is attached, begin wrapping the string around various points in the design. If you wrap the strand around a nail and don’t like it, simple unwrap it and go back to the last place you were. Continue wrapping the nails around forming the design you’d like. If you run out of a strand, just tie a knot to connect a new strand.


There are so many ways to get creative with this project. I can’t wait to make more of them! It was honestly therapeutic to wind the strings along the course of my design. For a project I thought would be stressful and make my OCD flare up, it was the exact opposite. I hope you’ll try it sometime!


What about you? Is there a DIY project you’ve been nervous to try?

Get adventurous and try something new today!

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Madison is a graphic designer by career but spends her weekends cooking, crafting and doing freelance design and photography. She gets her creative side from her mom, who taught Madison to scrapbook growing up. She loves using her Pinterest inspired crafts to make her house more of a home! She has a passion for photography and travel and her biggest fans are her husband, Steven, and her puppy, Azi. Her blog is a way of sharing all aspects of life, but started out as a way of documenting newlywed lessons learned.

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