Tuesday, July 12, 2011

What To Do With String, Board, Nails, and Time?

I'm sure you've asked yourself that very same question. Or probably not. Either way, wrangle up those four things: string, a board, some nails and an hour.

Print out (or use your fancy-shmancy Silhouette while I sit over here, jealous) the name of the child in your house who was in the least amount of trouble today.

OK, so this was the child in the most trouble at my house, but his name was the shortest and I wasn't sure how this would work out.  Next, tape the name onto a board of your choice. I had scrap board from a previous project that was painted white, so I went with that.  Grab yourself a hammer and start nailing the outline of the name, like so:

The more nails you put in to outline the letters, the better.  If your hand starts cramping up, recruit a strong-armed fellow to finish it up for you:

Grab your string and take the paper off the nails.  Keep the paper for a reference because the nails start to seem like one of those 3D pictures and what was originally a name now looks like the constellation of Orion.

Tie your string to one of the nails and make sure it's secure.  Start winding the string around the nails to make the shape of the letter.  I found it best to do the outline of the letter first and then go through the middle.  You need to make straight lines with the string so it fills in the letter pretty well, like so:

Keep working until you're happy with the letter, and then move on to the next.  What do you get for all your hard, stringy work?

You most likely have all of these materials lying around your house... and let's be honest: would you rather do a cute project for an hour, or housework? That's what I thought! Have fun!

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  1. This is an amazing idea! I seriously love it. I've done geo art before but I've never done words or a name. I think this is just great. I'm not going to attempt my name since it's 8 letters but I think a word like Peace or Hope would be just fine. Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Wow, that is too cool! Where does your brain come up with all of these neat projects?!

  3. I saw an extremely grand version of this type of thing online somewhere... so I simplified it. I'm glad you guys like it, it's pretty easy!

  4. That's a super cute project. I have a Noah--and he's often the MOST trouble in a day! ;-)

  5. very cool!! This is great boy art!! thanks for sharing!!

  6. how creative!! I really like this idea!

    Thanks so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"! :)

  7. I love this idea! I'm trying to decide how to make a plaque for my sister and I think she would really like this!
    Saw you at Sassy Sites!

  8. That is a great idea!
    Super cute for a boy's room. Its so much harder to "craft" for them!
    The Miller's
    Prezidential Life

  9. I LOVE this!! I remember making designs with nails and string back in school, but we never did anything that cool! Great job :)

  10. This is fantastic! I pinned it! I put it on my to-do list! And I'm your newest follower! Found you on Sassy Sites btw :)

    I see you are a newer blogger...I am too!
    Come check me out if you get a minute
    Haute To Sew

  11. What a great idea! Thanks so much for linking up! I am featuring this tonight! :) Have a great weekend!
    Homemaker in Heels


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