You may have noticed that recently I’ve been moving house quite a lot – I moved out of my last apartment, back to my mum’s for a little while, into a temporary apartment and I’ve got a longer term place as of next month! (EXCITED!)

Moving a lot means that you don’t want to invest lots of money or time on the place but feeling at home is really important to me, so I like to get things up on the wall and looking nice even if I’m only going to be around for a little while.

Here’s a very easy DIY for cheap wall art that looks totally awesome (if I may say so myself).

DIY string art by Sofia Clara

Featured for those of you in Switzerland: wooden unit from IKEA (similar), fruit bowl and vase 

What you need:

  • Your word(s) printed out on A3 paper (The font I used is called Bebas Neue, font size 550, printed on 4 A3 sheets of paper)
  • 1 board of pine wood (this one is 60cm x 80cm)
  • Paint & a paintbrush
  • Plenty of nails (you wouldn’t think but this has about 250 nails in it)
  • A hammer
  • A spool of fairly thin wool (this one is light blue)
  • Time! Run this project over a weekend or several days to avoid you (and your strict Swiss neighbours) going insane hitting nails into the wood

First of all, paint the board. Test the paint in the middle of the back of the board to make sure you like the colour. Then, paint the whole front, edges and a few centimetres around the edge on the back.

This is what the back looks like:

Sofia Clara - DIY string art1Leave to dry.

Next, tape your A3 sheets of paper onto your dry board with masking tape (don’t use sellotape as it might peel off some paint). It’s important to measure the distances from the end/bottom or top of the words to the end of the board to make sure they are centred on the board both horizontally and vertically.

Sofia Clara - DIY string art2Decide approximately how far apart you want the nails and use a pencil to mark where you want them to go. You can faintly see the pencil marks on the photo below.

Keep in mind that it’s important to have more nails along the curve of a letter.

Then you’re ready to start knocking the nails in…

Sofia Clara - DIY string art3Here you can see that the A for example has less nails than the R or the O.

Sofia Clara - DIY string art4Once you have finished with the letters, do the same thing along the edge of the plank of wood. In this example the nails are all about 2.5 cm apart along the edge. Use a ruler to guide to make sure the line of nails is straight.

I would highly recommend drawing dots with a pencil where you want the nails to go to help. This also makes nailing the nails in quicker as you know where they go.

Once you’ve finished, remove the paper by pulling carefully. You may have small scraps left close to the base – use tweezers to help get rid of small scraps of white paper.

And then you’re ready to get started with the string. There’s no real rule to how to do the stringy bit but here are a few tips:

  • Start by tying the string around one nail and go from nail to nail
  • Make sure you’re pulling the string tightly the whole time
  • Go around the outside of the letters with your string – this will make sure you don’t make a mistake and go into the inside of a letter while should be entirely string free
  • Make sure to always have the string on the outermost side of the letter
  • Leave the insides of closed letters like B’s and O’s until the end and then fill the inside with a separate bit of string
  • Have fun – I really like the all-over-the-place look of this and there’s really no point in even trying to have structure (I tried!)

Sofia Clara - DIY string art7This takes quite a while – make sure you’re comfy and paying attention as you go as you can’t really go back. Most of this is done with one continuous thread. Have nails and a hammer at hand to add a nail if you don’t think a letter has enough structure.

Sofia Clara - DIY string art6Here’s a close-up for you:

Sofia Clara - DIY string art8And here is the finished result:

String art DIY

DIY string art sofiaclara.comI really love how this turned out and above all, I love that it is totally homemade and that the words mean something and are a daily reminder.

Other words I thought of were hello, smile, dream big, happiness first. Pick something personal!

String art DIYWhat do you reckon? Do you think it’s worth a go?

I can’t wait to move and get started on more DIY home decor projects once I move! xS