Did you ever make string art in elementary school? You know, the kind where you made a box or a circle and ended up with a curve inside it?
Anyway, when I saw this pin creep up on Pinterest, that's what it reminded me of.
And I knew I wanted to make one.
A board - I made mine 8x12 because of the shape of Washington state
Spray paint or stain - if you want to paint your board
String or twine - I used leftover hemp twine that I had.
Nails - I used wire nails
Full disclosure: I've made two of these. The first time I accidentally bought roofing nails and I hated the look, plus they were hard to nail into the board. I didn't coat my board with enough spray paint either. Then I forgot about the project for a few
Start out by googling your state, printing out a map or outline of it and cutting that out.
Choose which nail to start with. Washington is kind of difficult because of it's shape, it would be a lot easier to do this with something not as odd shaped, like Georgia.
Start at the first nail, pick a random nail (#2) loop your string around it
Go up to the nail to the left of your starting nail (#3)
Then loop down to the right of your second nail (#4)
Then loop up to the left of your third nail (#5)
Loop down to the right of your fourth nail and so on.
The arrow shows where Washington gets tough and a lot of stress is put on that one nail. It needs to hold the shape of the state which meant a lot of strings was being bent around that one nail! I pushed all the string as far down toward the board as I could go to make it a little easier. The only good thing about my first attempt was roofing nails have larger heads so it was easier to hold a lot of string.
You continue looping until you get back to your starting point...
...or keep going once you get to your starting point and see when you think it looks good. That's what I ended up doing. I went around probably four times. I kept getting a hole in the middle that I wanted filled.
If you're like me, you run out of string, get some new stuff, tie the two ends together hoping you can trim off the ends and no one would notice the knot. Except, the two types of hemp twine are two different colors.
So if you're like me, you start over
five three or four times before finally coming up with a configuration that will work. It's really dependent on your starting point.
You can always just do a random pattern rather than following the tutorial, but I was determined to make it like we did in 2nd grade.
And don't forget to trim the excess string off your beginning and ending knots. The stringing process only takes about 15 minutes, writing this tutorial was the time consuming part!