Crafts DIY Sorority

DIY String Art

I found this really neat craft project on Pinterest and just had to re-create it as a gift for my little in my sorority! {You can see my other DIY gifts here}.

This project was pretty simple to make and took me a few days {only because I got side tracked and couldn’t find the nails….}.  HOWEVER, if I would have found the nails right away and didn’t procrastinate, I easily could have finished this project in 1-3 hours {including the time it took to let the paint dry}.

Supplies Needed:

  • 11 x 8 wood
  • Paint
  • Patterns (I printed them off from google)
  • Finish Nails
  • A Hammer
  • String

The Process:  

  • I started by painting the board black
  • I printed out a Nebraska “N” and cut it out {the “N” was about 2×2 in}.
  • Then I took a pencil and drew around the “N” on the 11×8 piece of wood {I bought the piece of wood at Michaels}
  • I then painted the “N” red


  • Let the painting dry
  • Once dry, I printed out a shape cut out of Nebraska {thanks Google} and taped it over the “N” centered on the wood
  • I then started to nail the nails into the wood around the shape of Nebraska


  • Then I put nails around the “N”
  • After all the nails are in you will start to wrap the string around the nails
  • I used white sewing thread and wrapped it multiple times around numerous nails.  You start by tying a knot around one nail and you go from there.  The trick I found is to not have a “pattern” with your wrapping, you need to just go in random zig zags multiple times.  I also found the more you zig zag and the more you wrap the better it looks.
  • After you’ve gone around the shape of your state {or whatever shape you decided to use}, you finish off by tying a knot around the a nail {I used the nail I started with and tied the knot using the loose ends of the first knot I tied – it ends up with a cleaner look that way with only one place that has a knot}.

Ta da! You have a beautiful decoration piece of your state {or shape you made}!

If this tutorial was helpful or you created your own, comment below and share your piece, i’d love to see how yours turned out 🙂

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    Mini me Grandma
    October 5, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    What a cute (fun!) project, Marisa. Sky’s the limit for shapes. You must have had to use a lot of thread to get the pattern to pop. I am devoting the whole upstairs (guest side) for projects like this. (I’m saving interesting paper; found junk; old buttons; driftwood; bark; pine cones; wax; old books; yarn scraps; and anything to collage.)

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      October 6, 2014 at 12:03 pm

      Thanks Grandma! Sounds like fun, maybe we can do something like that when you come and visit!

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