DIY string art

I’m always looking for cheap and fairly simple DIY projects to decorate my room. I found this tutorial on Honey & Fitz and decided to tackle it! I chose a different word and piece was much smaller, but it turned out just as awesome! After checking out my hand on this project, head on over to her blog and take a peek at her turn out!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Two 12×18 cork board tiles
11/16″ Linoleum Nails
Embroidery thread
Glue gun
Paint brush
White paint

If you are okay with the cork color/texture background, then feel free to skip this step. I like the look of a clean white background, so I used some of my acrylic paint and a large paint brush to paint one side of only one of the cork board tiles. There’s no need to waste paint on the back and the other tile. They won’t be visible anyway.

One piece of cork board is not thick enough to hold a nail stable, so I used a glue gun to glue them together. The glue dries very quickly, so work fast!

If you want to use the same font but customize the text, download the font Angel Tears by Billy Argel. It’s free!

I created my template in Adobe Illustrator to get the letters nice and big. If you don’t have access to Illustrator, you can still accomplish a template this size by printing each letter across multiple sheets of paper using MS Word. Make sure to play around a bit with the font size depending on how big you want your finished piece to be. Each letter of mine was 1060 px!

My printer ran out of ink (perfect timing), so I just traced the letters off my computer. Cut the letters out and assemble them into a single word using some Scotch tape. It should look like this when you’re done. Don’t worry about cutting out the inside of the “o” and “e”. Not necessary!

Center your template out on your cork board and tape it down. I decided there was too height to the letter “o” so I gave it a trim.

Insert your nails into the cork, following the outline of your template, and making sure they are all as close to the same height and width apart as you can make them. Trace the inside of the “o” and “e” by pushing the nails right through paper. This was a very slow process.




When you’ve (finally) traced the entire template, carefully and slowly remove the paper.

Here’s my canvas ready for stringing! It already looked pretty cool at this stage.

Now it’s time for the good stuff – stringing! I decided to do this in a dark to light fade effect but you could easily do it in all one color or any other pattern.

Starting with my dark pink, I tied a knot onto a nail at the top of the “h”

Now rock out! Just start weaving. The less you think about it, the better. I think it looks better wild and wacky than following a specific weaving pattern. If you don’t like the way a certain section looks, unwind and do it again.

When I felt it was time to move on to the next color, I made a knot at the end of the previous color.

I found that overlapping the colors a bit helped to blend each color into the next.


Here’s my final result! I really like it and I think it will look beautiful in my apartment!



Along the edges where I glued don’t look very pretty, so I’m going to find a nice frame for this. I think a frame will keep my project nice and safe too.

The total cost of this project was between $20-$25 dollars! I purchased everything from craft stores except for the nails, which I found at Home Depot.

What do you think? Will you be trying your own string art?

Laurie Hamame

Ball of sunshine. Chronic giggler. A lover of all things sweet potato. An overly friendly, world traveling, body positive warrior. Avid bookworm. Self-proclaimed chef and spiritually Italian. Promotor of daily walks, coffee dates and 30-second dance parties.

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2 Comments

  • Angel
    August 22, 2014

    I CAN'T WITH your craftiness and artsyness. It blows me away. I love it!

  • Angel
    August 22, 2014

    I CAN'T WITH your craftiness and artsyness. It blows me away. I love it!

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Laurie Hamame

Ball of sunshine. Chronic giggler. A lover of all things sweet potato. An overly friendly, world traveling, body positive warrior. Avid bookworm. Self-proclaimed chef and spiritually Italian. Promotor of daily walks, coffee dates and 30-second dance parties.

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