How to make string art | Tutorial

How to make string art | Tutorial


Hi, I’m Ellen, and today I’m going to show you how I made this string art. Now this is a project I’ve been wanting to try for quite some time, and I’m happy I finally got around to it, because it was pretty easy it gives a very nice result. The first thing I did was to print out a picture that I liked for my pattern. And I tried some different sizes to see what I liked best. I’m just cutting out my shape to see how the proportions look on the wood. Yeah, I’m quite happy with that. So then I can mark the line on the wood where I want to cut it. And I’m just going to use a saw to cut off the piece that I don’t need. So off to the basement I go, where I can use a saw without getting sawdust all over my carpet. And all I’m doing here is cutting it to size and then smoothing out the edge with some sandpaper. Watch your toes! And then I’m using some sandpaper to smoothen the edge. Now to see if I got the size right… That’s looking pretty good. Before I start putting in the nails, I’m going to put some hooks on the back on the wood so I can hang it up on my wall. These nails are really tiny, so I’m just using this pair of pliers to hold them in place, instead of my fingers. And it’s much easier to do this before you put all the nails in. It’s going to be a bit tricky to do it afterwards. I found this great tip online to just tape your pattern onto your wood and then hammer the nails straight through it. It’s really easy to follow your pattern that way and you can just remove the paper afterwards. Again, these nails are really tiny and my fingers are too big to hold them, so I’m just using the pliers to hold them in place. You don’t have to put them in very deep, just make sure that they stay in place. And I was starting to make a lot of noise and I was worried about my neighbours, because I live in an appartment so I just put a towel underneath to dampen some of the sound. The strategy I used was to put nails in all of the cornerpoints first because there’s going to have to be a nail in that place anyway and then just space out the rest of the nails evenly between those points. Then, once all the nails are in place, you can remove the paper. And you want to be a bit careful here. I actually pulled some of the nails out when I was doing it. But of course you can replace them afterwards, so it’s not a big deal. So here I am putting one of those nails back. Now, there was some paper that stayed attached to the nails, very closely around them. And my first attempt to remove it was to use a pair of tweezers, but that didn’t work so well. So my next attempt was to use a dishwashing brush, and that worked great. The bristles are strong enough to be able to tear out that paper from the edges, and the bristles are also long enough that you can just run the brush straight over all of the nails without anything getting in the way. And now it’s time for the string. The way I started off was by tying a simple knot in the end of the string and then looping that around one of the nails as a starting point. And I left the tail in place, because that’s what I’m going to be using to finish of the end of the string. And I started by just doing the outline of the shape. The winding is quite straightforward, you just loop it around each of the nails, and I made sure for the outline that I kept the string on the outside, because that gives a nice clean edge When I made my way back to that first nail, I just tied another knot in the two ends of the string and cut it off. And I made sure this knot was placed on the inside of the shape because that way, once we fill up the shape with string, you’re not even going to see it. The string does put some pressure on the nails, and one of them actually kept coming loose, so I just put a little bit of superglue in the hole to keep that nail in place. So I’ve gotten this far, and I’m pretty happy. I’ve got the outline all done and the final step is to fill it out completely with the yarn. Again I just tied a loop in the beginning of the string and placed it around one of the nails. And then I just went back and forth between the pins, filling up the shape. And in the beginning I thought I might try for a very organized, geomatric pattern but I abandoned that pretty quickly and just went random. I thought it looked much better. The tricky thing here is that there is tension on the yarn, so it keeps wanting to jump off of the nails so if you’re not careful, it will unravel. So it’s best to hold the yarn down with one hand while you place it around the next nail. To finish it of, I made sure I ended up at the same nail as where I started again, tied a little knot in the ends, and then I threaded the yarn through a big needle and then pulled it through to the underside of the yarn to hide the ends. I cut off my yarn a bit too short before threading it through the needle, so it was a bit difficult for me. But if you leave the ends a little bit longer and cut them off afterwards, it will be much easier. And that’s it. Now if you like this video, please let me know by leaving a like or a comment below and the same if you have any questions. If you want to get updated when there’s more videos from me, then remember to hit that subscribe button and I’ll see you next time. Bye!

100 thoughts on “How to make string art | Tutorial

  1. Nice movie. However you should take instructions from woodprix website if you want to learn how to make it easily.

  2. Great job Ellen! 🙂 Nice design, and easy to follow what you did, and tips on what to do if something is a little tricky to deal with (nails pullng out, removing left-behind paper scraps, etc.) I pinned it with your YT link into my Pinterest. <3 🙂 https://www.pinterest.com/pin/545920786074274589/

  3. this is so hard i have school right now bescuse today is wedsnday and it's a short day for me and i have nail and thread it's so hard

  4. I made my first string out project this weekend, thanks a bunch for all of the tips, it turned out great. I do have one question and hopefully you have a tip about it, my string kept getting twisted as I was using it and got a small knot, thankfully I got it out. How to you keep your string from twisting as you're using it for your project?

  5. I'm SO happy I found this video! I'm racking my brain trying to figure out what I want to make my brother for part of his Christmas gifts this year. He has a music studio and is a musician himself and I thought his studio needed a little something moderately sized & quiet. You'd be surprised at the sensitivity of some of these microphones, that's why I said quiet, lol. Thx for your video, tips & a very big thx for making it look Super easy! Is there certain types of string that works best or will most thicker threads do fine? I never thought I could make one of these because they look Super complicated with the wrapping of the strings, although you said you just wound the nails randomly. I'm going to try it and see how it comes out, I'll never know if I don't try, lol😏 Thx again, ladybug🐞 👍⚜

  6. this is the problem im having, this is for my art project but you didnt put any frame… so how am i gonna finish this without a frame??

  7. Anyone know of a good website that has a variety of printable image outlines for this activity? IT's for my students. Thanks!

  8. Your tutorial was straightforward, quick and easy to understand! And you did such a great job with your string art! 10/10! =D

  9. Loved your video. There wasn't music in the background, just you. Very pleasant and you explained everything step by step. I'm an avid subscriber from now on. THANK YOU!!!!!! ☺☺☺

  10. I started making string art of the word happy for my new room and I quickly discovered that it wasn’t as easy as it looked. My dad told me to look online and your tutorial was definitely the most helpful. Thank you Ellen!

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