FALL + Halloween
I made these signs back in August when I was just starting to get excited for Fall. String art is so much fun to make & it’s actually really simple. As long as you have a decent place to hammer in your nails without totally annoying your neighbors or other people in your house, you’re good to go!
I have been fascinated with string art for quite some time. I thought it would be really difficult, so I didn’t try it until a couple of months ago. If you’re not doing an intricate pattern and are just randomly placing the strings, it doesn’t take very long to complete.
1. Welcome Fall String Art Sign
This was my first string art sign! I was making another project and had some left over wood, stain, & nails. What a better way to use those extra supplies than to make something so cute & festive? August was most definitely still feeling like summer, but I was so ready for Fall that I started crafting a little early. The process to make these signs is super simple.
Welcome Fall (Pumpkin) String Art Instructions
First, I stained this piece of wood a red oak color on both sides & let it dry overnight. After that, I found a clip art photo of a pumpkin. I printed it out in the actual size I wanted it to be on the wood and taped it to my stained wood. Then, I hammered nails about 2 centimeters apart all along the outline of the pumpkin. I left the nail sticking out at least one inch so that there’s enough room to weave the yarn around each nail several times. The most time-consuming part of making string art is the hammering of the nails.
Just peel off the piece of paper after you’re finished hammering the nails. Some of the paper got stuck underneath the nails, so I used tweezers to get those pieces of paper out. Next, you’re going to start stringing. I chose to use yarn because it was what I had on hand at the time, but you can use thinner string if you prefer. Tie a knot around one of the outer nails & start weaving the string around nails, creating a random pattern.
I sectioned off the pumpkin’s ridges so that they each had their own random pattern. Make sure you outline the picture with your string. I used a brown yarn to do that, but you can just use the same color if you don’t want the contrast. When using a new color yarn, just tie a knot around the section you want to be another color and weave through only the areas you want to be that color.
Lastly, I used a paint marker to write “Welcome Fall” on the sign. It’s kind of hard to read unless it’s in the right light, but it was a nice touch.
Make sure you connect multiple different nails with the yarn instead of the same two nails over and over again because this won’t fill in the picture, it will just look like lines.
When you are satisfied with your string art, tie the yarn around another nail and cut the yarn. If you have yarn sticking out after cutting the end, use tweezers to tuck it into the yarn pattern.
2. BOO String Art Sign
This one is by far my favorite one. I made it for my mom to put up in her house for Halloween and it looks really good with the rest of her decorations. It just so happens that I was working on another project over the summer, so I had extra wood, stain, & nails. Since the first string art sign (Welcome Fall) came out pretty good, I decided to do another one. This time I used a darker stain and I love the look of that even more than the red oak stain.
After I let the stain dry (for only a few hours this time, because I was too excited), I drew out the letter B, the ghost O, and the pumpkin O actual size for the sign. I’m not very good at math, but I did some measurement math for this so it would fit perfectly on the sign. It wasn’t very complicated. All I did was use a ruler and spaced out each letter so that there was the same amount of space in between & the letters were roughly the same height & width. It took trial & error, so use a pencil!
When my drawing was completed, I taped it down to the wood & hammered my nails about 2 centimeters apart, sticking out about an inch. Next, I weaved the yarn around the nails randomly until it looked right for me. Read above instructions & tips on exactly how to put together the yarn & how to end a string.
3. Happy Harvest Sign
This sign I made for funsies. I found this mason jar-shaped sign at Michaels for cheap. After I purchased it, it took some thought to figure out what to use it for before I came up with this. I had already written “Welcome Fall” on another sign, so I wanted to change it up. Since the sign was too thin for nails, I didn’t use string art on this particular sign.
All I did was write “Happy Harvest” in a paint marker & drew some gold shapes around it. I made it look more like a mason jar by using a silver paint marker to draw lines for the top. Super simple, and so cute. It’s actually hanging in my apartment right by my front door & I think it looks great there.
This was a lot of fun to make & I think there will definitely be more string art in my near future.
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