Welcome to The Twinery blog!
We are so excited to be participating in (and sponsoring) the Handmade Holidays blog hop. This is a fabulous hop and we love all the handmade gift ideas – don’t you?
Today, we have our designer Amy sharing her handmade gift idea.
Take it away, Amy…
I love giving out handmade items for the holidays…it just makes each gift more personal. Today I am sharing a fun string art project using lots of yummy Solid bakers twine from The Twinery. To get started, you will need: A board base (mine is 11 1/2 x 11 1/2), nails (mine are finish nails that are 1 1/4 inches), bakers twine (I used the Solid Caribbean and Solid Pink Sorbet), die cut images (for template and saying).There is a bottle of mist in this picture because I was thinking about staining the board, but decided against it and just used the board in it’s natural state.
Begin nailing your nails into your board on the marks. My board is about 1/2 inch thick and I nailed the nails almost 1/2 an inch in leaving about 3/4 of an inch above the board. This took me about 30 minutes to complete and I only hit my thumb once. 🙂 I have seen someone recommend using some needle nose pliers to hold the nails up to keep from hitting your fingers/thumb, but I found that to be too hard to do and get the nail right where I wanted it.
Now, you get to tie some twine onto a nail and then go crazy. Just weave the twine from one nail to the other. I found it was easier to twist it around the peg at least every other one or so to keep it tight and also to make it so it isn’t very easy for the twine to slip off the nails (in case you drop the twine a time or two like I did 😉 ).
When you are satisfied with how much twine you have filled the image in with, you can then wrap it around the outside of the image and then tie it off and snip off the tails close to the nail that you tied it on. I wrapped an outline around the image twice, but I don’t think that it really needed it both times.
Repeat the same steps with the heart image inside the house….don’t forget to outline it like the house when you are done (I may or may not have done this and then had to go back and do it before I took the picture below).
The only thing left is the sentiment that I adhered with foam adhesive to give it some lift off of the wood. I was thinking about building a frame of some sort around the edges of the wood piece, but I haven’t decided yet…what do you think?
I hope that you have enjoyed my project today and that you are inspired to create something like this as a gift this holiday season.
Here are the beautiful twine colors that I used on my project today:
Isn’t that a great gift idea?
Please stop by Amy’s blog and let her know how much you enjoyed her project.
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