Hello! I’m Carrie from Lovely Etc. and I’m back to share some DIY string art with you. This United States string art is the perfect summer project whether you’re looking for something to show a bit of patriotism for Independence Day or something to celebrate your love of the summer road trip!
Scrap of plywood
outline of the United States
Making String Art
My string art is around one foot square, so I just used a small scrap of plywood left over from another project. You can stain or paint your wood any color you want. I chose to give my wood a subtle, weathered look using a combination of white paint and stain. (If you want a similar look, you can see a full tutorial on the technique here.)
Once your wood is ready, print a basic outline of the United States. Lay the outline over your wood where you want the design to be and being hammering in small nails around the edges of the map. Any type of small nail should work; the ones I used were labeled wire brads. They worked well because they weren’t too long and they had a small head to help keep the string in place.
Carefully pull the paper off the nails. You will be left with a perfect nail outline on your wood.
Tie one end of your embroidery floss around one of the nails and then begin weaving it back and forth across your design. I did not follow any specific pattern; I just worked back and forth across the map.
I did make sure to outline the entire map as I worked and tried to avoid any areas looking extra light or extra heavy. When you are finished, tie off the end of the string to one of the nails and trim the excess. For this small map, I used one and a half skeins of embroidery floss. I did not separate the floss at all, but used all six strands together.
I love how all the overlapping strings look like roads criss-crossing the country and I am really looking forward to adding this little map to my summer mantel.Domestically Speaking