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« on: December 29, 2013 09:10:21 AM »

One of my very favorite poems is "Desiderata" by Max Erhmann. I had been looking around for a way to turn the poem into a craft, but could never really find anything that worked. A few months ago I came across several pinterest projects that involved wrapping string around nails, and I decided I had found my project. After a somewhat embarrassing trip to Lowe's where I proved that I know NOTHING about the layout of a hardware store, I was all set to go. I bought a 12x36x1" board, and cardboard letters from Hobby Lobby. I decided to use the line "be cheerful, strive to be happy" from the poem and got to work.

Laying out the letters

Putting nails around the border of the letter

Had to wrap one right off the bat just to make sure it was going to work.  Grin

Then, came the TEDIOUS task of hammering in what felt like a million nails.

I marked off the board into 13 strips so that I could overlap for a rainbow effect.

Halfway there!

Finally finished!

This was a fun project, but definitely one I was glad to have finished!

« Last Edit: December 29, 2013 09:11:31 AM by cecampbell » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2013 10:07:43 AM »

Beautiful use of string art.
I like how you used the colors to create a rainbow effect.
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« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2013 10:45:12 AM »

That is awesome!  I love the rainbow colors!  If it makes you feel any better...  I've had those trips to Lowe's too.  Smiley  Either for a crafty project or for something in my music classroom.  It really confuses the guys that work there.  lol  Cheesy

« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2013 10:55:25 AM »

I wouldn't have the patience for such an awesome project! It looks so cool, though! Great job!! Cheesy
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2013 11:27:34 AM »

You did a wonderful job. The hardware stores are hard to navigate...they keep moving things around in mine. I am forever hunting down help, and then they don't even know!

Wonderful string project. Glad you stuck with things, and did not give up. Don't kick yourself about it....guys just don't know how to stock things!  Grin Just kidding. Many associates are way helpful to us ladies learning. Males and females alike. For some of my associates, they ask that I bring in the completed project to see. And I do. They love it!


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« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2013 08:04:20 AM »

I love everything about this! I love the sentiment, the layout and the colors!

I've wanted to make a string-art piece (something for my classroom), but I am not good at hammering in nails (and not my fingers). Any tips on how to do it relatively pain free?

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« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2014 07:15:40 AM »

I have no idea how you did the colours on the string, but the results are stunning. 

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« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2014 06:33:19 PM »

That is beautiful!  I love it!

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« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2014 07:11:31 AM »

Okay, since I have definitely decided to make something like this for my classroom, I have a few questions for you:
1) What size are the letters you used?
2) What size/type are the nails? They seem bigger than what I expected, but they seem to be perfect for the job!
3) What type of string did you use? Is it embroidery floss?

Thanks a bunch, and thanks for sharing such a great project!

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« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2014 07:38:55 PM »

Thank you all for the positive feedback! I'm still trying to figure out how to hang it cause it's a big heavy piece of wood and I live in an apartment so I don't want to put massive holes in the walls.

For the person who asked about doing things pain free, I'd say justgo slow and make tiny hits instead of trying to hammer the nails all the way in. I definitely got myself a few times, but the hammer wasn't moving very quickly so it was okay. Maybe one or two good bumps in the hundreds of nails that were put in.

I did the colors on the string by marking off the board into as many sections as I had string, and then overlapping the colors a little bit to make them transition.

I used 4" cardboard letters from hobby lobby, and I had to place the "strive to be happy" part all wonky because it wouldn't fit otherwise.  Smiley

I also painted the board white before I started, I forgot to put that in the write up.

I have no idea what the size of the nails are, I threw away the little container. They were about an inch long with a decent sized head. A "finishing nail" maybe? Or it might have been called a brad. I worried that if I did a small head the string might slip off. I left about 1/4" sticking up out of the wood, but they aren't perfectly hammered in I just sort of eyeballed it.

The string is embroidery floss, that I got at hobby lobby in a multipack. I just put it into rainbow order, leaving out the neutrals. I tied the string onto the first nail and then tied it onto the last nail a million times. I hope that holds. I probably could have looked up some tutorials, but where's the fun in that?  Wink

I hope this answers any questions!

Happy crafting!
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