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DIY Name String Art Tutorial

Jan 10, 2017 By Abby Smith
DIY Name String Art Tutorial

I love when old trends become new again, and I especially love the modern spin on the 1970s string art trend that has been taking the decor world by storm. You can find many different styles of string art in home decor stores, but once you realize how easy, fun, and inexpensive it is to make your own, you will be hooked! I am Abby from Sew Much Ado, and today I am sharing a tutorial to make your own DIY Name String Art!

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What made this project extra fun was getting my two little girls, ages 2 and 4, involved. They came to my local Jo-Ann Craft and Fabric Store with me, and absolutely loved helping to pick out colors for their names and boards.

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After much important deliberation, we settled on two coordinating projects, and could not wait to get home and get to work!

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Their finished names were the perfect addition to their DIY Vinyl Bunny Wall!

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Are you ready to create your own Name String Art?

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Supplies from JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores:
Pre-cut wooden board
Embroidery floss – each name I made is approximately 8.5×11”, and each letter used 1 skein of floss
Acrylic craft paint – I used Martha Stewart Metallic Rose Gold and Wedding Cake found at my local JOANN
Sponge brush
Sandpaper (fine grit)
3M hanging strips

Other Supplies:
• Paper and printer
• Hammer
• 1 1/2” nails (I used galvanized steel nails)
Tweezers

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To start, sand any rough edges of the wooden board with fine grit sandpaper.

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Measure the board to determine desired name size. Print name onto paper in the desired size.

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Paint board using a sponge brush and acrylic paint, repeating coats as desired. I did one coat to allow the wood grain to be visible. Let the paint dry completely.

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Center name on board, and either tape in place, or you can place a couple nails in opposing corners (on outside corners of letters) to hold the paper in place.

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Beginning on one side, hammer nails approximately 1/2” into the wood along outside and inside of each letter, spacing 1/2-3/4” apart. Adjust nail spacing as needed to place them evenly on each row of nails, ensuring each corner has a nail. Be sure that nails do not come through on the back of the board.

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string artOnce nails are all in place outlining each letter, tear the paper away from the nails. Tweezers are helpful to remove any small pieces that are stuck in the nail hole.

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Now the real fun begins! Starting on one corner of one letter, use one end of embroidery floss to tie a square knot around nail shaft. Trim loose end close to the knot.

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Begin wrapping the outside of that letter, looping the floss one time around each nail and making sure to pull the floss tight. Repeat this technique around the outside one or two more times to help define each letter. Repeat with an inner row of nails on that letter if applicable (no need to cut and re-tie floss, just string it across from the outside nails to the inside).

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Once outside and inside borders have been outlined in that letter, begin to zigzag the string back and forth between the nails. There is no wrong way to do it! You can create a pattern, or make it completely random. The goal is to fill in as much space as possible to help each letter stand out. When a letter is completed, tie off floss around a nail with another square knot and cut floss close to the knot.

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Repeat steps above for remaining letters. You can use all the same color of floss or mix it up with different colors!

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Once you wrap all of the letters with floss, use 3M hanging tabs to hang the string art in its new home.

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Great job!

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My girls are so thrilled to each have their own name string art hanging in their room, and now my boys think it’s their turn! I think I may just put them to work to make their own!

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