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String Art

String art is so modern and graphic, yet it also has wonderfully nostalgic references to Spirograph and Jacob's Ladder.


1. Place a piece of 20" x 20" x 3/4" plywood onto a piece of colored burlap that is 26" x 26".

2. Attach with a staple gun, folding over the edges twice to hide the raw edge. Go back and forth from one side of the plywood to the other as you staple it down, to create even tension.

3. Rotate wood a quarter turn and continue stapling on other sides.

4. When you get to a corner, fold over fabric to create a clean edge and staple.

5. Cut two 8 1/2" x 18" rectangles out of graph paper and mark with dots that are 3/4" apart and 1/2" in from the edge.

6. Place both rectangles of paper onto the front of your burlap-covered piece of wood, making sure they are lined up and equally spaced.

7. Attach graph paper with 3/4" copper and/or brass plated nails, hammering one through each dot. Once all nails are in, remove paper from board.

8. Tie one end of yarn around the nail in the bottom left-hand corner of one of the rectangles. Wind the yarn around the nail in the top right-hand corner and bring back to the bottom left-hand corner, wrapping it around the nail right above the first nail.

9. Continue going back and forth from corner to corner, shifting clockwise to the next nail as you wind.

10. As your shape begins to take form, extra dimension may be added by pushing the string up or down on the nails.

11. Continue wrapping as shown, making sure to keep yarn taut.

12. Once you wrap back around to your starter nail, secure yarn with a double slip knot and a small bit of glue

From Todd Oldham's Handmade Modern: Mid-Century Inspired Projects For Your Home (Regan/HarperCollins).

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