USA Map String Art
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 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
- 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.
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.
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
Also you can find 50 All Things Patriotic projects here!
This looks so fun!! You could print out other states and do them, too! One for state you’ve visited on summer vacay. Awesome idea.
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!
I love this- I have wanted to make something like this for a while but with a Christmas theme for the holidays- definitely pinning for later!
I stopped by from Showcase Your Talent Thursday.
Love this idea!!
I love this! It seems simple enough and perfect for patriotic decor! Great job!
What a great piece of art! I love that it only requires just a few materials.
Great project! I love the USA string art! It looks like a road map of where I have been!
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!
Oh I just LOVE this – what a great idea ( I also love that little vintage car ! )
My husband loves anything to do with maps. I could use this for his man cave decoration. Popping over from Best of the Weekend party 🙂
I love this so much!! Pinned!