Handmade Holidays :: Day 2


 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).LAH-String-Art-2There 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.

Measure and adhere your template in the spot where you want it on your board.LAH-String-Art-3

Next, mark where you want to put your nails.  I used a paper piercing template to get the holes as evenly spaced as I could.  You could also use a ruler.LAH-String-Art-4

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. πŸ™‚  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.LAH-String-Art-5

Once you have all the nails in place, remove the template and discard.  Up next is the fun part…LAH-String-Art-6LAH-String-Art-7

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 πŸ˜‰ ).LAH-String-Art-9

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.LAH-String-Art-10

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).LAH-String-Art-11

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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40 Responses to Handmade Holidays :: Day 2

  1. Laura says:

    This is a huge improvement over what I used to do with the cub scouts.
    Love the brilliant colors. Thank you for a wonderful tutorial.

  2. Mary Janson says:

    I am not going to make this house project BUT I am going to gather all the supplies needed, print out the tutorial and gift it to my daughter. She keeps looking at string art kits at the store but won’t spend the money on herself. This is a way cuter project and the tutorial is wonderful.

  3. Tifany DeGough says:

    What a wonderful project, Amy! Thanks for sharing!

    I love handmade gifts, too – and hopefully my neighbors will enjoy my homemade Lemon Curd.

    – Tifany DeGough

  4. Michelle Nettleton says:

    What a darling idea with wood, hammer and nails and beautiful colored twine. Great job!

  5. Amy C. says:

    Beautiful project! I plan on making cards, tags and sweet treats for family, friends and teachers this Christmas.

  6. Karen Hayes says:

    Thanks for sharing this neat project. This year I plan on volunteering for Canadapost’s letters to Santa program. Every year I respond to about 400 kids (and always a few adults too). I make each one special & personalized with extra treats too. It’s a free program-every letter gets a response but if you are really lucky then it’ll be me that gets your letter! Thanks for the chance at this great prize, I’d really put all that stuff to good use!

  7. Beverly Jordan says:

    Love your twinery project and perfect precision to get it lined up! Fabulous project!
    As for who I make my homemade gifts for, I love to make 100+ cards for friends, colleagues, and family. Then I make Christmas mini albums for my adult children for their homes, and special jewelry for girlfriends!! What fun!

  8. Nicole Sender says:

    I made a similar prject years ago and still have it on my dresser. I am making
    Christmas stockings this year for my family. I hope I will get them done in time.

  9. Coey says:

    Very sweet and creative design! I’d like to make something sweet to my boyfriend for his birthday 10 days later. A handmade birthday card is a must and I hope he would love it. Thanks for sharing!! πŸ™‚

  10. Kim McBroom Daniels says:

    What a nice homemade gift idea. I can think of several people on our Christmas list who would really enjoy and appreciate this gift!

  11. barbara macaskill says:

    I absolutely love doing string art!! When I was a kid we would all sit around watching Hee Haw and do string art on Saturday nights! It brings back some very fun memories!! TFS!

  12. TracyM #6773 says:

    ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS decor piece Amy!!!
    LOVE the design and LOVE the interesting texture it gives the little house and heart!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION and tutorial … I NEED to try my hand (and hammer) at string art now πŸ™‚

  13. Patricia B says:

    How much fun is this!? My nephew just bought his first house with his wife and their cutey little boy! This would be so perfect for them. Thanks for the inspiration!


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