Tugging on Her Heart Strings

By Brad DowrickFor our wedding day, I wanted to get my wife something special. For this particular woman, a diamond bracelet was not enou…

By Brad Dowrick

For our wedding day, I wanted to get my wife something special. For this particular woman, a diamond bracelet was not enough. I wanted to make her something personal that she would cherish forever, so I decided to do something that includes the date of our wedding. Nail string art is not difficult to do and looks great in every home. What you will need:

  • Letters, numbers or shape of what you will want to trace
  • String
  • Wood
  • Nails
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Stain or paint
  • A sealer (such as polyurethane)

Step 1 I bought some wooden numbers and placed them in order on the table. Then I took a rough measure of the height and width of the numbers. Depending on how you want it to look, add some space to each end where the wood will be exposed.

Step 2 From the measurement, I knew the size board that I needed. I went to Home Depot to get the pine board and then cut it to the correct size.

Step 3 After the piece of wood was cut to size, I stained it with a finish that I liked. You could also paint the board if you want a different look. Once the stain dried, I added a coat of polyurethane to protect the wood.

Step 4 Once the polyurethane was dry, I put the numbers onto the board and traced them with a pencil. With the outline of the numbers, you can begin nailing along the pencil marks. I just eye-balled the spacing and kept the gap small.


Step 5
When the nailing is complete, it is time for the string. I tied a knot on one nail and then began stringing from nail to nail along the perimeter. I chose to go with a zig-zag pattern inside the numbers. To secure the string I had to tie another knot when I was finished. After each number is complete, step back and enjoy your new art design you have created!

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