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Nailed It! A Super Simple DIY Project

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Kara
03.28.13

This low-cost, colorful DIY project is easy to do and, best of all, you probably have everything you need in your garage or craft room! With a few nails, a piece of scrap wood and some string or twine, you can create an intricate pattern or make a bold statement with a simple design. Here's how to make your own nail string art: 

1. Gather your supplies. Here's what you'll need: 

  • wood board
  • hammer
  • printed design of your choice
  • pencil
  • nails or tacks with a large diameter head (1/8 inch works well)
  • 1-2 spools of twine (thin yarn or sewing thread also work)
  • scissors
  • spray paint or interior paint (optional)
  • ruler (optional)

2. Pick your design. Choose a shape you like! It can be as simple as a heart, one word in big block letters, or the shape of your favorite state. Print out your design and make sure it fits the size of your wood board.

3. Trace an outline. Place your printed design overtop your wood board and trace the outline with a pen or pencil. Press firmly with your pencil – it should create a small indentation into the wood board so that you’ll be able to clearly see where to hammer your nails! Note: You can also cut out the shapes you want to use and trace the outline onto the wood, or draw your design freehand if you’re artsy!  

4. Hammer your nails. Hammer your nails along the outline of your shape. For larger images, space the nails about ¾ of an inch apart, but leave less space between your nails for smaller designs (use a ruler to help for more precise spacing). Tip: If you’re using an unpainted board and make a mistake, remove the nail and fill your hole with wood putty. If you’ve painted your board, fill the whole with white toothpaste and touch up the paint. 

5. Tie the string to a nail. Tie the string you want to use onto a nail that’s on an outer corner of your design. This is where you will start threading. 

6. Wrap the string around each nail. The nail outline will bring your design to life, so make sure you wrap your string around each nail, looping it at the head at least once to secure the string. You’ll want to wrap the string around each “outer” nail once (make sure the string stays taut), then double up your wrapping wherever you want any lines or shapes to really stick out. 

7. Create your pattern. Zigzag your string, stick to parallel lines or weave at random for a Spirograph look. The more times you weave the string around the nails, the more prominent your design will become. 

8. Secure your string. Once you’re satisfied with the pattern, cut the string and tie the end to the last nail you’ve wrapped your string around. Now it’s ready to hang and display

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