Friday, June 22, 2012

Nail State Art

My spin on the pin! I have seen this project on Pinterest several times and really wanted to try it out!

I started by spray painting my board with chalk board paint because I had it out from another project and I am sort of obsessed with chalk boards at th moment!

I cut out the state of Wisconsin using my Silhouette, but you could just print it out and cut it out by hand. I taped the paper image down to my board and started nailing!!!

Nailing the nails was a little more difficult than I thought it would be. In some spots it was just hard to hold the nail because of the angle and some I did not get in tight enough (this is important!! especially on the heart because it holds a lot of string!)

I love how it already looks!!!

I then started wrapping my string over all of the nails. The key here was to go slow and to pull it tight but not too tightly or you might pull the nails out. I did have to go back and nail in a few nails as I did this part. Since I used chalk paint I love that I can write whatever I want on the bottom! I ended up giving this to my sister and her husband for part of their wedding gift. I plan to make myself one sometime soon!
Not including painting and drying the background, I completed this project over a 6 hour time span. And I did put my little man to bed, make dinner and a few other things, so it took me less than 6 hours. Which is not too bad, I thought it would take a lot longer! 


  1. LOVE! LOVE! Awesome. Of course, I am partial to WISCONSIN :)

  2. Love this! I'm in Wisconsin too and was wondering how it would look. Yours looks better than the one I've seen on Pinterest, awesome job!

  3. Cool project! I seen string art done before, been wanting to try it but never seen one with the State. Very, very neat!! Visiting from Beyond the Picket Fence.

  4. Wow, cool idea! I saw my state and was like, what? hehe Very creative. :)

  5. What great visual impact! Thanks for linking up.

  6. Looooove this! I will be featuring you on the new link party! Thanks for guest hosing and linking with us! :)

  7. I so so need to make one of these!!!!! :) live love love... And just like a few other comments I see here... That may be because I partial to Wi!!

  8. This may be a dumb question... but where did you start your string?

    1. I don't think that's a dumb question :) I tied a knot around a nail on the heart and pushed it down as low as it would go, it just naturally got hidden by the rest of the thread.

  9. I love this project!
    What kind of string did you use? What are the dimensions of Wisconsin and of the heart? What size nails? About how far out are they protruding from the board? Sorry for all the questions!!! Thanks!!!!