I’ve been excitedly searching for DIY ideas to decorate my new room with since I’ll be moving back to San Francisco for college in less than a month. I have been seeing String Art and similar projects all over Pinterest lately, so I thought I would give it a try! My attempt at this DIY features a whale and a bowl of petunias inspired by two characters of my favorite book, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.
- I lightly sketched the outline of my design onto
the wood plaque. Simplicity is key when coming up with a string art design, so for inspiration I referenced coloring pages and other simple line drawings like this one.
- Using my sketch as a guide, I hammered nails into the wood so that they traced the outline of the design.
- I tied the embroidery thread in a small knot around a nail that was near the place I wanted to start wrapping first. To better secure this knot, cover it with a drop of clear nail polish.
- I started wrapping the thread around the surrounding nails until the design “filled in” with the color of the thread.
- When I was satisfied with the wrapped color, I secured the thread to another nail by tying a knot and covering the knot with the nail polish and cutting any loose ends.
- I kept doing this until I had a friendly whale and a lovely bowl of petunias!
Because these plaques are fairly small and the end product is not too heavy, I can easily secure these to my wall with non-damaging adhesive strips, which makes this the perfect dorm/apartment décor!
“I wonder if it will be friends with me?
And the rest, after a sudden wet thud, was silence.”
– Douglas Adams