Large Word Art Idea Made for Under $20
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 pegboards and floating desk were completed, we knew we wanted a large word art on the wall.
How should we create large DIY word art?
Should we do DIY poof ball letters, letter paintings, or even adding some sort of painted letters straight on the accent wall?
However, finally, we decided on a string art idea. I believe 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)
What do you need for string art?
Embroidery string is awesome to create string art. Remember those friendship bracelets you made as a kid? You can use the same string for these. Our word string art is 4 ft. by 15 inches with large letters. Each of our letters used two skiens (or less) of thread.
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.
What nails are best 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 much does it cost ot make a string art?
Embroidery string and linoleum nails are relatively inexpensive. Our piece of wood was leftover from our desk project and therefore we already had those supplies. We were able to create this large string art for under $20 with leftover string to use for future projects.
How to make string art
1. Prep your hard surface. 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!!!
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.
2. Once the board is prepped, ready and dry you will need to plan out your design.
3. Print or draw our 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.
4. Use painter’s tape to lightly tack your drawing down. Making sure that your word is straight and equally spaced from the sides and bottom. Triple check this! The last thing you want is looking at a crooked word after you have worked so hard.
5. 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″. Don’t worry about measuring, just go with it.
6. 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.
7. Plan out your colors of embroidery string.
8. Tie your string in the color and begin carefully tracing the outside of your letters of design.
9. 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.
10. Once your design is outlined, start randomly wrapping the string around to.
11. When done, tie off the string. We found that it worked to end near where you started. You can tie the tails together to try to hide them. We were nervous to cut the tails after just one knot. So we tried to tie them twice before trimming excess string.
12. Add extra colors following the above steps. In our rainbow string art design, we used two different tones of the main color.
13. Add hanging hardware to the back of your board.
14. Hang in a special spot to have your large word inspire all!
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.
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 design. I would say our large one was more of a weekend project!
Will I be making another large string art anytime soon? Probably not, but…