DIY String Art

Posted by Sabrina Shelby | Dec 19, 2017 | Anxiety, Art, DIY | 0 |

In this post I’m going to give you step by step instructions on making a small string art piece. String art can have a bunch of different metaphors and whatnots related to mental health and emotions. I’ll just touch on a couple though.

First of all, this DIY involves nails (really brads) and a hammer. If you’ve read any of my other posts you probably know I have a thing with anger. This project made me cranky at first because it is tedious and a tab bit labor intensive hammering in all the nails and of course I chose something a bit more complicated on a small space. The act of hammer felt good though.

The wrapping of the string is a great metaphor to the complicated and complex workings of our mind and emotions. For this project my string is mapped in a nice uniform pattern, but my thoughts and emotions usually are much more tangled. Let yourself get lost in the string wrapping.

I went through quite an emotional roller coaster with this one. I’m inpatient and hammering all those nails was challenging. I kept going, taking deep breaths, and put on some Stranger Things. Once I was done it felt great. I followed through and didn’t die like I thought I was probably going to. 

I chose to do what I think was a harder design because on such a small space it’s best to keep things simple. Like, do a heart or a star. Whatever you choose though, it’ll be amazing. Also, I painted the wood before getting started. This is totally optional. Like most areas of life, it’s up to you. Don’t let the power go to your head, though.


  • 4×4” piece of wood at least 1/2” thick
  • Brads or small nails
  • Thick string of choice, I used embroidery floss
  • Hammer
  • Small pliers for holding nails in place
  • Print out of image

How To

1. Pick and image. I chose a silhouette of the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars because it’s a gift for my beau, but you can do a heart, a deer head, whatever. Print out your image and tape it to your block of wood.

2. Using pliers to hold the nails, start hammering nails along the outline of your image about 1 cm apart. After all the nails are in, rip out the paper.

3. Once you’ve finished putting in the nails it’s time to string it. Tie the end of your string to any nail and start weaving it around the different nails. This can be done in a back and forth pattern or totally random giving a tangled web sort of look. Keep the string pulled taut.

4. Continue until all nails have been wrapped around or you’re satisfied with the level of filling and tie off the end.

This can be a challenging craft so if you did some fancy design be sure to give yourself a pat on the back! Since it’s small you can carry it around with you to show off to everyone.

You can find more of Sabrina Shelby’s DIY projects at The Active Koala.

This post was created with the help of Grammarly.


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