Last week I worked on creating some string art templates for a crafty brunch party (don’t worry, it was in my covid bubble). I’m an awkward engineer so having an activity is a nice social ice breaker. I’ve gone out for wine and sip craft things before and the time limits add some pressure on a slow crafter, like myself. I decided doing a smaller blank and longer time frame would result in more fun and less stress.
For this project, I’m using small, 4×6″ blocks that I got on Amazon…about a year ago. I’ve been meaning to get around to making some seasonal knickknacks for the house…you all know what I’m talking about: you get supplies and then the holiday passes by, and the next holiday… I procured four leaf clover supplies last year so I will take the opportunity to finally make that in this round!
Added note, while I’m doing this for a home bubbly and brunch activity, these little blanks would be perfect for many holiday decorations, gifts, etc. They’re also small enough that they’re easy to store between the seasons.
I started off by finding designs in my Silhouette library and then converted the line style to long dashes. It’s also very important to change the line thickness to greater than 1.0. The default is 0.0, and that is too narrow to print. I beefed mine up to 2.0 thickness. Check the box for “Print Lines of Selected Shapes.”
I’ve sized my string art templates for the 4×6″ blocks. Size them for whatever your blank size is. From here, print and cut them out.
Once you have stained or painted your wood blanks and they are dry, you can use painter’s tape to tape the designs on to the blocks. Next, hammer small nails into the wood, leaving about 1/2″ above the surface. I used these white panel nails and also some darker nails. You don’t need anything fancy, but I found 1″ long was nice so I didn’t hammer my fingers as well. Don’t worry if they aren’t perfectly perpendicular. Or maybe that’s just my low hammering skill level… If they aren’t straight, it just gives it that homemade, artisan look so people know it wasn’t mass manufactured.
After all of the nails are in, tear off the paper. Tie your string around a nail and then zig zag it around to fill in your design. Easy peasy. I used some craft string that I found last year on Amazon and also crochet thread from the craft store.
I finished off the clover string art by adding “Lucky” in standard gold vinyl. You could also create a stencil and paint it on, but for this design, the vinyl worked well.
Here are the final products for Valentine’s Day, too.
I hope you enjoy this craft!