Hey there, everyone! Today I’m going to show you how I created this super cute airplane string art.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started.
16×24 wood board (I made this board out of cutting a 1″x6″x8ft. into pieces and nailing them together in back using some small scrap pieces of wood.)
Nails (I used 1.5″ galvanized framing nails)
Printouts: (Yay for free downloads!) Tip: Print on regular paper, not cardstock like me. You will thank yourself later. Also, print 2 copies of each.
String – You can use whatever you like, I chose crochet thread because it was cheap and came with a lot.
Hot Glue (optional)
Lots of patience 🙂
Once you have your materials, let’s get started! Start with your board, here’s what mine looked like all fresh and ready to be attacked:
Cut the paper out and place it on the board where you like it. Then put a couple nails through the “let’s” part. You don’t have to tape the paper, but you can if you want to. It’ll stay once you start nailing.
When you get to areas that are in the cracks, just move the nail to one side or the other, or you could split the wood. I kept my nails at about a 1/2 inch distance. It doesn’t have to be perfect! This is the part that takes the longest, so put on a show or play some music – but the hammering can also get pretty loud. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Once you have the design nailed down, start ripping that paper off! Yay! (Don’t worry, I’m not bleeding, that’s just wood stain!)
If you’re like me, when you finally get all the paper off, it’s going to look like just a big jumble of nails. This is why we made 2 copies! Use the other copy as a guide for where to place the string.
Start by tying a knot on one of the nails, and start stringing! Here’s the string I used:
If you mess up, don’t worry. Just unwind the string and change it a little. When the letter ends, knot the string again. You can also use hot glue to keep the knot from coming undone. As you can see below, my airplane came out a little different from the picture. I could have re-strung it, but I didn’t hate it, so there it is!
Once you are finished, you will have this beautiful piece of art to put somewhere in your home!
If you have any questions, let me know in the comments. Have fun!