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

Ornament Terrariums + Giveaway

Time: 25 minutes
Materials: ornament, plant, soil, rocks, moss, paint

DIY Ornament Terrarium | The Crafted Life

DIY Ornament Terrarium | The Crafted Life
1. Roll up a piece of paper to make a funnel. Add a layer of rocks.

DIY Ornament Terrarium | The Crafted Life
2. Add your soil. 1/4 cup is more than enough!

DIY Ornament Terrarium | The Crafted Life
3. Add moss and plants. I used a chopstick to help with positioning.

DIY Ornament Terrarium | The Crafted Life

GIVEAWAY—NOW CLOSED!

I loved doing this project so much that I’d like the share the experience with you! Enter to win all the supplies you’ll need to make your own ornament terrarium simply by clicking this link to share on Twitter.

Winner will be announced via Twitter Friday, February 1st.

Update
While I used tillandsias for my terrariums, I recommend that you use a succulent or other plant that requires soil and moisture to live. Because of the delicacy of the air plant, it’s been more high maintenance than expected.