Thursday, March 22, 2018

DIY State String Art

I had seen string art before and thought it looked neat, but that’s about it. Well, until Mya showed me a state string out that she thought was really cool. She hasn’t been feeling well, so I wanted to cheer her up, so I went out and got all the supplies needed. I couldn’t find the wood I wanted so Target came to the rescue and I used a foam board.


  • Nails
  • String (how long depends on the size of your state)
  • Spray paint
  • Wood or foam board. Size depends on what you want.
  • Map
  • Pencil
  • Heart cookie cutter, or any shape you want


1. For the outline, I actually used a map that my mom had in her glove box. If you don’t have one of your state, you can always just print one off online. From there I just cut out the state from the map and used that to trace onto the foam board.

2. I then used a heart shaped cookie cutter and positioned it over the area I wanted and traced that.
Then took the nails and pushed it into the foam board. If you use wood then use a hammer of course.

3. Once all the nails are in place, then spray paint the entire piece and let dry.

4. Then take the string and wrap it around a nail, leaving a good size tail (you will use to knot at the end. Once wrapped around the nail head take it and wrap it around one of the nails on the heart and bring it back to the original nail, wrapping it around to secure it.

5. Take the string and go to the next nail, connecting the two and repeat. Use the same nail on the heart multiple times. When that one is full then move onto the next heart nail. Once done with all the nails so that everything is connecting to each other and to the heart, I went and connected each heart nail before going back to the nail I started with and knotting it up.

6. The only step left is hanging it on a wall.

The project took longer than I thought, but well worth it. I think it turned out amazing and Mya had fun at the same time. If you don’t want a heart, you can do any shape really. Let know if you have done one before, or if you do one in the future. I would love to see what others create. 

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