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USA Map String Art

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This United States String Art from  Carrie at Lovely Etc. 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!

USA Map String Art - an easy patriotic DIY Project that makes the perfect decor for your summer!  Get all the details here!

 

USA String Art Map

Let me share with you how to make this adorable patriotic decor!

USA String Art Materials:

  • Scrap of plywood
  • outline of the United States
  • small nails
  • hammer
  • embroidery floss

 

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.

nail outline for string art

 

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.

making us string art

 

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.

usa string art

USA Map String Art - an easy patriotic DIY Project that makes the perfect decor for your summer!  Get all the details here!

 

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.

USA Map String Art - an easy patriotic DIY Project that makes the perfect decor for your summer!  Get all the details here!

 

Thanks Carrie for sharing this great DIY project with us!  It’s definitely the perfect centerpiece for your summer decor.

Here’s some other great patriotic projects you’ll want to check out…

Patriotic Driftwood USA Tutorial

DIY Painted USA Flag Pallet Sign

Easy Patriotic Decorations

Also you can find 50 All Things Patriotic projects here!

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21 Comments

  1. This project is awesome! I love the color of the wood with the blue string. Perfect! Thanks for sharing at my last Creative Ways Link Party! I hope you’ll be back tonight to share more great projects with us!
    Blessings,
    Nici

  2. I love this! I just recently saw someone do this where it was a square and they created the inside shape to be a tree!! Such a creative idea! I would love for you to share this over at my new link party Making Memories Mondays going on now!
    Cathy

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