DIY “Home” String Art Barnwood Pallet Style Tutorial

string art tutorial DIY home decor pallet signI am so addicted to string art. Once you get the basic technique down, you can string any word or object in any color you’d like with whatever thread type & wood type you’d like. {I’m noticing that I pretty much say that for all my tutorials – what can I say. Versatile & customizable projects are the best, right?}

So I started by gathering the following materials:

  • wood
  • string
  • wire nails (I used 1.5 packages of these nails)
  • string art tutorial DIY home decor pallet sign

 

I used 3 slats of barn wood from Hobby Lobby (about 3″x 16″ pieces) – pretty much any wood will do. Just make sure it’s at least 1/2″ thick.

string art tutorial DIY home decor pallet sign

Then I put 2 pieces of wood in the back and used some of my wire nails to join them all together.string art tutorial DIY home decor pallet sign

Once I had the wood pieces nailed together, I wrote the word “home” to fit the size of my board. You can either write/draw the word yourself, or use the template I have provided here: {Click on the pic and print at desired size to fit your board}

string art tutorial DIY home decor pallet sign

string art tutorial DIY home decor pallet sign

Once I had my word template ready, I laid it on top of the board and taped it with a couple pieces of clear tape to hold it in place.string art tutorial DIY home decor pallet sign

Once my template was in place, I started hammering in nails all around the penciled outline. The key part to remember is that the closer together your nails are, the smoother your curves will be. Also, the nails should all be hammered in as close to the same depth as possible. Mine look like they are standing about 1/2″ above the surface.string art tutorial DIY home decor pallet sign

I hammered, hammered, hammered until the entire outline was completed. {note: this may give you a headache if you’re sensitive to loud banging ;-)}string art tutorial DIY home decor pallet sign

Tada – finished outline. Next I carefully tore the paper away from the nails. Gentle tugging does the job. If there’s a tiny piece of paper left that your fingers can’t pull out, use a pair of tweezers.string art tutorial DIY home decor pallet sign

Next I got my string and tied one end to a starting point.string art tutorial DIY home decor pallet sign

The best way to string your word is to start with the outline as pictured. Then go back and fill it in. There isn’t a special way to do this. Just weave in and out until it looks right. {One tip: during your outlining, wrapping your string on the inside of the curves will produce a tighter curve. It’s hard to explain but once you start you’ll see the difference between the inside curve and the outside curve.}string art tutorial DIY home decor pallet sign

A lot of this involves just making it “look right.” If something looks un-right, just go back and do it again a little differently until it’s exactly the way you want it. I know. This is a terrible explanation but I promise you’ll understand and get the feel once you start.string art tutorial DIY home decor pallet signNow all that was left to do was to finish off the loose thread ends. I just took a paintbrush and a little bit of Elmer’s glue and brushed the ends up against the other string.string art tutorial DIY home decor pallet signstring art tutorial DIY home decor pallet sign

string art tutorial DIY home decor pallet sign

I made one for my sister, and it looks so pretty the way she styled it in her home!

string art tutorial DIY home decor pallet sign

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2 Comments

  1. Hi! I’m an editor for Remodelaholic.com and am writing to request permission to use a photo from your Home String Art post.
    We hope to feature this in an upcoming round up about styling farmhouse entryways. We would include a backlink and clear credit to you via the name of your blog.

    Additionally, we routinely publish round-up style posts on our site and if you’re willing to allow us to use one photo from other posts you’ve done, we would love to add you to our directory of sites to feature. As a bonus, your site would then be on our radar for possible Facebook shares as well.

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