Monogram String Art

My photo wall is nearly complete - I'm excited!  This is the perfect addition.  Keep in mind, the revamp/repaining process started a mere... 6 months ago.  Taking our time, to say the least!

Along with the {special dates frame} that I created for the wall, this crafty monogram is a chic addition.

I need to apologize in advance for the photos in this tutorial.  I forgot my camera at my in-laws and haven't been by to pick it up again!  iPhone photos are going to be good enough for this one!!

First, you have some decisions to make:
Are you printing a word?  A number?  A shape?  A letter?
Then, how big do you want it to be?  I wanted the size to be similar to the frame I have on the other side of my photo wall, so about 9" was all I needed.
Being that I live in the home of all things wood working, Nate was able to trim and sand a piece of 3/4" thick poplar for me.  Apparently it's very soft (for my weak self to hammer in a gazillion nails) and paints up really nicely.
I painted the light wood with white.  You can use any color, or leave the wood grain.  It all depends on the look you're going for.
Now, hit up your Microsoft word and play with fonts and sizes.  (I used Modern No. 20 for the font sized to 700)

Tape down your image and grab some finishing nails.  I chose 1" nails in a white finish, but that it totally up to you.  Basically look for something about 1" or so long with a head on the nail (so the string doesn't slip off.)

Then, grab your favorite show and start hammering.  You'll see from my shot here, my first nails were by no means straight, but you'll start to get the hang of it.  And the nails are thin enough, I was able to bend some of the super wonky ones into a straighter position.  Space them about 1/4" apart.  Again, no exact science here.  Once you get the string on, the image is a little wiggly from the string, which is part of the appeal, right?

Every so often, I'd look down the line to see that I was hammering the nails in ABOUT the same depth.  I didn't want one or a whole chunk to be significantly different than the rest.

After an episode or two of Sister Wives, you can sit back and admire your hard work.  Carefully tear away the paper.  Some pieces may stick under the paper, so tweezers may come in handy.

Kinda cool on it's own.  But we're not done yet!

Choose your favorite color embroidery floss and tie off one end onto your first nail.  The start wrapping and wrapping and wrapping.  Just like the hammering, you'll get into a rhythm and decide what angles make the best shape and coverage that you're looking for. 

The process is super forgiving, if you don't like something, just unwrap it.  In fact, it was at this point and that I decided I didn't want to wrap the strings "side-to-side" making a hard outline to the letter, so I start unwrapping and started again.  No love lost, no harm done.

Depending on the size of the image and the coverage you're going for, you'll probably need to stop, tie a knot and start a new knot at some point.  (I used about one and a half hanks of thread for mine.)  You can also retie a starting point if you want to go back over an area to add string and coverage to the image.

Trim your knot strings, and place your final piece for all to admire.  Totally thrilled with how this turned out!  I see more of these in my future, maybe even as gifts :)

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Sara McFall said...

This is super cute!! Great job!

Crystelle said...

I love it! String art is so fun! I bet kids would enjoy doing this... :) I sure did when I was a kid!

hugs x

Kelly said...

Way cute!! I need more monograms in my home (umm... I don't even have ONE!!?) This is super fun, thanks for sharing :-)

Accidentally Wonderful said...

This is adorable! I'd love it if you stopped by my blog and shared this on my linky party! http://accidentallywonderful.blogspot.com/2012/11/now-co-hosting-inspiration-spotlight.html

Kaysi said...

This is so much fun!!!

Amanda said...

What a great little piece! I love how fun it is. Thanks for sharing at I Made It! Monday. Can't wait to see what you link up this week.

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