String Art

Time: 1.5 hours
Materials: wood slab, nails, string, hammer, clothespin

DIY String ArtIve seen a few string art tutorials floating around the internet and decided it was time to give the project a try for myself! While it ended up being a bit more intense than I expected (sorry downstairs neighbors for the noise), I’m really happy with the results. Here’s how I did it:

DIY String Art | The Crafted Life

 

The main problem I had was that the nails were so small, making it hard to hit them in without hitting my fingers. I recommend getting skinny nails that are a bit longer, though not too long or they’ll go through your board.

DIY String Art | The Crafted Life
Choose what shape you’d like for your art, print image, cut out. Secure with tape, then hammer nails in around the edges. *Tip* use a clothespin to keep nail in place if you want to avoid hitting your fingers!

DIY String Art | The Crafted Life
Once all nails are in place, tie a knot around one nail and begin stringing. There’s really no wrong way to do this, so have fun! End with a knot, cut the excess string and you’re all done!

DIY String Art | The Crafted Life

DIY String Art | The Crafted Life

DIY String Art | The Crafted Life

DIY Bubble Art

Time: 1 hour
Materials:  watercolors, watercolor paper, bubbles, jars

DIY Bubble Art | The Crafted Life
Anyone can create diy bubble art by mixing bubble solution and watercolors! Prepare to get a little messy and have a lot of fun.

DIY Bubble Art | The Crafted Life
In separate jars, mix about 1/2 cup bubble solution with 2 tsp of watercolor paint. You can add more paint if you want a richer color, it’s really up to personal preference. Stir until the solution is blended.

DIY Bubble Art | The Crafted Life

DIY Bubble Art | The Crafted Life
You’ll want to stand near/over the watercolor paper so the bubbles land on the paper. Switch between colors until the sheet it covered (to your liking).

DIY Bubble Art | The Crafted Life

DIY Bubble Art | The Crafted Life
When you’re finished, let dry then frame. You can also use as wrapping paper or other party decor!

DIY Bubble Art | The Crafted Life

Pollock Inspired Wall Art

Time: 1 hour + dry time
Materials: canvas, self-stick vinyl stickers, paint, brush

DIY Pollock Inspired Wall Art | The Crafted Life

Prepare to get messy!

DIY Pollock Inspired Wall Art | The Crafted Life

Paint your canvas if you want a color other than white to peak behind the paint splatters.

DIY Pollock Inspired Wall Art | The Crafted Life

Arrange your letters on the canvas before placing. For anyone who is curious, I used the last line of one of my favorite poems by Max Ehrmann found here. If you need help with the paint splattering technique, watch this quick video.

DIY Pollock Inspired Wall Art | The Crafted Life

Stick on your letters and start splattering your colors!

DIY Pollock Inspired Wall Art | The Crafted Life

Cover the letters completely with paint.

DIY Pollock Inspired Wall Art | The Crafted Life

DIY Pollock Inspired Wall Art | The Crafted Life

Peel letters while paint is still wet, but leave flat until 100% dry. If you move the canvas upright before it’s dry, your paint splatters with move and smear.

DIY Pollock Inspired Wall Art | The Crafted Life

DIY Pollock Inspired Wall Art | The Crafted Life

DIY Pollock Inspired Wall Art | The Crafted Life

From Trivets to Wall Art

Time: 45 minutes
Materials: Ikea cork trivets, tape, paint, nails

DIY Trivet Wall Art | The Crafted Life

Not too long after I bought these trivets from Ikea did I realize I didn’t really want to use them as they were intended. Thanks to a little splash of paint and three tiny nails, I now have wall art/cork boards for my studio.

DIY Trivet Wall Art | The Crafted Life
Tape off your design.

DIY Trivet Wall Art | The Crafted Life

Paint.

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Hang!

DIY Trivet Wall Art | The Crafted Life