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Large DIY Word String Art Idea Tutorial

We can’t believe that we were able to make this large rainbow word art idea made for under $20. It was the perfect addition to our kid’s craft room. Learn how to create one with our easy tutorial.

rainbow word sting art on wood panel on wall

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Our Kid’s Craft Room

Yet again, I am starting a post with one DIY project led to another. This is true with this large DIY string art project. We have been working on changing a small room in our basement into a homeschool and craft room for our children.

Once our DIY craft pegboards and DIY corner desk were completed, we knew we wanted a large word artwork on the wall. 

large rainbow word string art in kid craft room.

Ideas For Word Art Project

Should we do DIY poof ball letters, letter paintings, or even add some sort of painted letters straight on the accent wall? However, finally, we decided on a string word art idea.

String art was a popular craft in the ’70s. We love retro craft ideas and think we were able to bring them into the future and create a modern large word string art that will inspire.

Imagine that… (pun intended once you see the final string art project) and make sure to check out the printable instructions at the end of the post as well.

hammer, nails, paper on wood.

Recommended Supplies

Best String To Use

Here is the multi-colored string pack we ordered for our art. I have tons of colors leftover. Other string options include using thread or yarn. However, depending on your design or size you will really want to consider if those will work.

Remember those friendship bracelets you made as a kid? You can use the same string for these.

What are the dimensions of our string art?

Our word string art is 4 ft. by 15 inches with large letters. Each of our letters used two skeins (or less) of thread.

hand holding skein of yellow string in front of string art.

What is a skein of string?

Skein refers to the bundle of string. We used two different colors of embroidery string for each letter to give our words a little more dimensionality.

Best Nails For String Art

When researching for our large string art, we found that small linoleum nails worked the bests. We used two whole packs to create our project. I was skeptical at first that these small nails (¾”)  would work, but they were sturdy enough without taking away from the design.

How To Make String Art

Step 1: Create A Base

Prep your hard surface or wood base. For us, this included cutting a large piece of birch plywood (15” x 48”), staining and using poly.

And you know we used our favorite stain color!!!

stain, sand paper, latex glove, brush and hammer sitting on stained wood.

If you don’t believe us, check out all of the other DIY projects we have done using this color. Since we had the nicer plywood, we wanted our board to be stained to match the floating desk the word art would go above. 

Step 2: Plan Out Design

Once the board is prepped, ready and dry you will need to plan out your design. 

white copy paper with part of imagine sketched out.

Step 3: Sketch Design On Paper

Print or draw your letters or image. Simpler and clean lines will work better. I tried to print letters out to use.

Since our wood was so large, I ended up just sketching out the letters on my own. In order to make your design work, try to keep the width of your letters consistent in most spots. 

Planning out letters for large DIY string art

Step 4: Attach Template Paper To Board

Use painter’s tape to lightly tack your drawing down. Make sure that your word is straight and equally spaced from the sides and bottom. 

Triple-check this! The last thing you want is to look at a crooked word after you have worked so hard.

hand measuring template for large string art

Step 5: Start To Add Nails

Lightly tap nails around the edges. At first, I was placing my nails too close together. Nails only need to be about 1/2″ apart. Don’t worry about measuring, just go with it. 

hand tapping nails for string art

Step 6: Remove Paper

Once all of your nails are securely in, you can carefully remove the paper. Some paper may be stuck in around the nails and you will just have to carefully pick it out.

hand pulling white copy paper off of small nails on stained wood.

Check for any small pieces of paper you can pull out. Don’t worry about the ones that you can’t see. You will cover them with string.

piece of wood with paper tapes and nails before string attached.

Step 7: Plan Out String Colors

Plan out your colors of embroidery string.

skeins of string on wood with nails in it.

Step 8: Tie Knot In Corner and Wrap Outside Of Letter

Tie your string in the color and begin carefully tracing the outside of your letters of design.

hand wrapping red string on word art

When you get to a corner, you need to wrap it around and change direction. We tried to outline each letter on the inside of the nail and the outside.

Step 9: Wrap String In Random Patterns Inside

Once your design is outlined, start randomly wrapping the string around to.

letter i and m in red and orange string on wood.

Step 10: Tie String In Corner Again

When done, tie off the string. We found that it worked to end near where you started.

You can tie the tails together to hide them. Don’t cut the tails too close or you will chance the knot coming undone. Tie them twice before trimming excess string.

yellow string around letter on wood.

Step 11: Repeat Steps With Different Colors & In All Letters

Add extra colors following the above steps. In our rainbow string art design, we used two different tones of the main color. 

rainbow string art spelling imagine on craft desk.

Step 12: Add Hanging Hardware To The Back

Add hanging hardware to the back of your board. Hang in a special spot to have your large word inspire all!

How To Hang

You can hang this artwork in a variety of ways. Because we used such a large piece of wood, it was best to use sawtooth brackets and hang them on the studs of our wall.

supplies used to hang large artwork with brackets

Recommended Supplies

  • Sawtooth brackets
  • Hammer
  • Stud Finder
  • Pencil
  • Measuring Tape
Large sawtooth hangers

Step 1: Mark Middle & 16″ Out On Each Side

On the back of the board, measure the total length of your artwork. Find the middle of your work.

We wanted our large string art to be hung in studs, so we added two sawtooth hangers 32″ apart. 16″ from the middle on both sides, and 4″ down from the top of the string art.

measuring tape showing how to hang large artwork

Step 2: Add Sawtooth Hangers

Attach the sawtooth hangers on the marked spots.

sawtooth hanger on large wood artwork

Step 3: Find Studs Or Install Drywall Anchors

Find studs using a stud finder. If you want the artwork to be hung in a different location than studs, you can use drywall anchors if your artwork is heavy.

stud finder on blue wall with screw in stud

Step 4: Place Screws In Studs and Hang

Place screws in the studs. Hang artwork.

rainbow word sting art on wood panel on wall

Final Large Word Art

I love the finished string art. However, like most DIY projects, this one is not for the faint of heart. After using the small nails on the first letter, I told my husband we should have done a smaller word. Once the nails are done, the stringing does go rather quickly. 

up close view of string art seeing yellow a, green g, blue i and purple n.

Craft FAQs

How long did this project take?

This project was done on and off again in a weekend. Once we had the board, it took around 3-4 hours to complete.
If you love the idea of string art, you may just not want to make your board 4 feet long. A smaller string art project can probably be done in an hour if you choose a simpler and smaller design. I would say our large one was more of a weekend DIY project!

How much does it cost to make string art?

We were able to create this large string art for under $20 with leftover string to use for future projects.
A lot of the cost depends on the base you use If you have leftover scrap wood, then this could be done for even cheaper. Embroidery string and linoleum nails are relatively inexpensive.
Our piece of wood was leftover from our DIY desk project and therefore we already had those supplies.

Will I be making another large string art anytime soon? Probably not, but we do love how great it looks.

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large rainbow word string art in kid craft room.

How To Make String Art

Learn how to make a large word art out of string. This rainbow string art is an awesome way to add inspiration to your walls.
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Course: Decor Ideas
Keyword: DIY string art, DIY word art, how to make string art, large string art, large word art idea, word art, word art idea
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Active Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Author: Erin
Cost: under $20

Equipment

  • Hammer
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

Recommended Supplies

Instructions

  • Prep your hard surface. For us, this included cutting a large piece of birch plywood (15” x 48”), staining and using poly. Plan out your design once board is dry.
    Board for large string art
  • Create a template or print text on copy paper. You can also just sketch the letters out to be the customize size you want.
  • Use painter's tape to attach template to wood. Make sure that your word is straight by measuring the bottom of the letters and end of the wood in several spots.
    hand measuring template for large string art
  • Lightly tap nails around the edges. At first, I was placing my nails to close together. I realized I did not have to do that. I aimed to tap them in about 1/2".
    hand tapping nails for string art
  • Once all of your nails are securely in, you can carefully remove the paper. Some paper may be stuck in around the nails and you will just have to carefully pick it out.
    paper template being pulled out from large word art
  • Tie a knot in the corner of your first letter. and start wrapping Leave a little leftover to make to easier. You will just hide the tail when you are done.
    hand wrapping red string on word art
  • Go around the perimeter of the letter first and then criss-cross in a random pattern afterwords.
    red organe and yellow sting art idea
  • If doing a rainbow word, repeat above step to add a lighter color on top.
    string art in progress saying Imagine
  • Hide tails of extra strings when finished and hang your art by adding a bracket to the back in two equidistant spots.
    supplies used to hang large artwork with brackets

Notes

See above for more instructions on how to hang large word art in the post.
  • Use at least 2 or 3 different colors on the same letters. This will give you more depth and interest.
  • Modify this design to make a rainbow string art in the size you want.
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