Creative Art Made With String And Some Nails

Art is always subjective, but the most meaningful pieces to us are often the ones that we make ourselves. The experience of going through the entire process to create the final piece fills you with a sense of pride and accomplishment. Even when they don't turn out as well as you expected, you should still take pride in the fact that you made an attempt and are willing to learn and try again.

When people think of art, the first things that come to mind are the paintings, drawings, and sculptures that would typically be found in a museum or art gallery. Art, however, takes many forms. It just may surprise you to learn that unconventional types of art can be really easy and fun to do. The project you see below is stunning to look at, but the best part is that anyone can do it!

To start this project you are going to need:

  • Nails
  • A hammer
  • A stiff piece of board (preferably wood)
  • A roll of twine, string, or yarn in the color or texture of your preference.

Once you have all of your supplies ready, be sure to clear off your work space so that you have ample room to move things around. When that is done, begin hammering the nails into the board to form a border all the way around the perimeter. You can choose whatever spacing you like, but remember that the best results come with consistent nail spacing.


When you have your border completed, take your string, yarn, or twine and tie a knot around one of the nails that are in the corner of your project. Make sure to tie it really tight to ensure that it never comes loose. This project uses pink yarn, but feel free to experiment with different materials to achieve different results.


With the yarn affixed to the nail, begin to loop it around the nail that is directly opposite to where you started. After the first one is done, continue the looping pattern but successively shift one peg over after each loop. You should start to see a pattern that resembles the image below:



After you've made your way around the entire board, your piece should look a little like this:


Now that you've learned the basic idea behind this project, it's time to take it to the next level. This person's design, for example, was modeled to resemble a dandelion losing its seeds to the wind.

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Even though Valentine's Day has already passed, a heart-shaped pattern of red yarn would make the perfect gift for that special someone in your life.

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Utilizing two borders of nails, you can create a void in the middle in whatever shape you'd like. The design you see below also uses different colors of yarn, resulting in a beautiful rainbow effect.

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Proud of the country or state you live in? Then why not try doing this design? You can even make a little heart around the town where you live.

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You can spell out names or even meaningful words.

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Don't forget that you can also add other things to your project to really make it stand out. The design seen below uses craft sequins to make up the water that the elephant is spraying.


Adding a frame to your piece is a good way to give it a professional look. This can make any design look great, but it especially pops when it borders words or phrases.

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You don't even have to settle for a conventional board either! Get creative with your materials and use anything that's suitable. Just look at how well this sheet of tree bark complements the look of the feather.

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