DIY String Art

DSC_0012This week, I used string art to make a simple décor item for our apartment. I love looking at Pinterest at how creative some people are with string art! I decided to just to something simple to start off with, so I’m going to give you a step-by-step of how I made a string art “P.”

 

Supplies I used:

Wood plaque, nails, string, chalk paint.

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I got the chalk paint and nails at Walmart and the wood plaque and string at Michael’s Craft Store. Overall, it cost me about $28. I also used some antiquing glaze (that I got at Lowe’s a while back for about $8) to give it a special look. Some additional supplies you might want are a piece of chalk or pencil, foam roller, soft bristle craft brush, and an old rag.

Step 1: Sketch out your design and block out the nail placement

I used a piece of chalk to sketch out my design. I drew lightly on the wood, and used a damp cloth to erase the chalkDSC_0970 when I messed up. You don’t want to get the wood too wet though, so erase sparingly. It’s okay if you don’t erase all mistakes; you will be painting over it anyway. Once I was happy with my design, I went ahead and put the nails in lightly around the edge of my design, just enough to block out the spacing and placement. I spaced the nails apart about 1/4″ and used about 49 nails total. Step 1 took about 15 minutes.

 

Step 2: Remove nails and add paint & glaze

I removed the nails, then used a foam roller to apply the chalk paint. I did 2 coats, letting it dry completely between each coat. Since I used the foam roller, the coats weren’t very thick and dried pretty quickly. It only took me about 30 minutes for both coats. Once the second coat dried, I added the antiquing glaze. I used a soft bristle craft brush to paint the antiquing glaze over the entire plaque, including the sides. After quickly covering the entire plaque, I took my old rag and wiped away the antiquing glaze. This will remove the majority of it, but the glaze that enters the cracks and crevices of the wood will stay, dirtying up the paint a little, giving off a worn, antique look. This took an additional 10 minutes.

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After the glaze dried, I was able to put the nails back in the plaque. The holes I made earlier were visible through the paint, so this step was really easy. I left about 1/4″ of each nail sticking out of the plaque. This took about 10 minutes.

 

Step 4. Add the string

This step took about 20 minutes, but will vary depending on how much string is added. I didn’t want my string to look too thick, so it didn’t take me as long as it probably could have. I bough several colors of string, but decided just to use gray, aqua blue, and yellow. I started with the gray and tied it around one of the corner nails, knotting it several times. Once secure, I started winding the string around the nail heads throughout the design. I didn’t use a pattern or anything, just weaved it around each nail head several times. Once I thought I had used the gray thoroughly, I tied the string off around a different corner nail and trimmed the excess, then carefully pushed the string down on the nails to make room for the next color. I repeated this with the blue, then yellow, then the gray again, making sure to weave differently each time, until I liked they way it looked.

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Step 5: Admire your masterpiece!

It was that easy! Enjoy making your own string art!

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Emotions Felt While Reading Gone Girl

My husband and I just finished reading listening to Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I am one of those people who has to read the book before watching the movie. The book just gives so much more detail about the environments and situations than the movie is able to, and I’m able to pick up on subtle glances and body language in the movie and connect it to the details from the book. Hunter has been begging me for over a month to read the book so we could watch the movie. I am the world’s slowest reader.

Growing up, I used to love to read. I would fly through books. Then came college. Required reading. Yuck. By the time I finished Graduate School, I was so sick of reading. I am slowly relearning the joys of reading for pleasure, but it takes me a while to finish anything. It took me an entire year to finish Wild by Cheryl Strayed, which I really enjoyed. It’s not that I find these books boring, but it’s just that I don’t have devote a lot of time to read.  I purchased Gone Girl for my Nook before the movie was released, but started reading another book first (which of course I am still working on). I definitely cannot read two books at one time. It’s just too much for my brain to handle. I start blending in details from both books, and before you know it, Harry Potter is fighting the Volturi.

Hunter and I made the drive home for Mother’s Day this past weekend. Home for me is Memphis, Tennessee, and home for him is Jonesboro, Arkansas. The drive is about 5.5 hours to Memphis; tack on another 1.5 hours for Memphis to Jonesboro. The drive can get pretty boring if you do it enough, which we do, so I thought this trip would be a great opportunity to borrow an audio book version of Gone Girl from the library. This was a great idea, and I can confidently say we won’t make another long trip without an audio book  It took us the entire drive there and back plus two nights of just sitting on the couch, listening, to finish the book, and we are both really looking forward to watching the movie, which I think we are going to try to rent tonight. Throughout the time we invested in this book, there were a lot of different feels. Here are 10 emotions I went through while listening to Gone Girl:

  1. Confused: What is the truth and what are the lies? Why are there so many lies? What is happening right now? Is this really happening right now?!
  2. Empathetic: What a sad situation. I feel so sorry for___. Why can’t people just leave ___ alone?
  3. Skeptical: This is getting weird. Something is not right here.
  4. Aware: Oh, I totally know what’s going on. I can predict where this is going.
  5. Shocked: I did not see this coming. Maybe this isn’t as predictable as I thought.
  6. Smug: Ha! Karma! Serves you right.
  7. Doubtful: Okay, this can’t really be happening. This is crazy. This IS crazy, right?
  8. Repulsed: What?! Wait…what?! WHO WOULD DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT?! This is DEFINITELY crazy.
  9. Disturbed: It’s sad how realistic this is. This whole book isn’t too much of a stretch. I’m sure there are people out there who do this. Scary thought.
  10. AmazedGillian Flynn is a genius. I can’t believe it ended like this. Why did it have to end at all? 

Needless to say, the book was a roller coaster, but one I look forward to riding reading again. I am also queuing up more of Gillian Flynn’s books. Next on my book list: Sharp Objects.

Have you read/watched/listened to Gone Girl? Leave a comment and let me know what emotions you felt.

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Meet Laura

Hey y’all! I’m Laura, but known to most of my friends as LK.  I live in Georgia and work at a university as a coordinator for student involvement and leadership program.  My job is to help students find their connection to campus through student organizations as well as help student develop leadership skills that they can use after graduation. I could bore you with details of research that proves student success is positively correlated to student involvement on campus, but I won’t…yet. 😉  I literally have the best job in the entire world.

When I’m not saving lives, one college student at a time, I am spending time with my super cute husband Hunter (we’re newlyweds!), binge watching shows on Netflix, trying (and failing) to bake something yummy, or (my personal favorite) making a mess of the apartment by crafting! That’s right, I’m a crafter. I love to paint, make decorative pillows, and re-purpose things, and I am currently trying to teach myself graphic design. You’ll see plenty of my work here on the blog, I’m sure.

If you’re interested in: food, crafts, exercise, faith, victories, challenges, and more, then this is the blog for you. Join us as we maintain our long distance friendship and Find a Purpose for these curve balls life throws our way.

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