Monday, July 15, 2013

Custom Name String Art Tutorial

I began converting our guest room into a playroom for Jackson a few months ago and realized that all too soon that room will become his "big boy room." In a few short weeks his big boy bedding will arrive for the bunk beds we've had stowed in the attic for a year.  Soon his nursery will be a thing of the past.

So, if I'm going to decorate a room I may as well use items we can carry on in future designs. Keeping in mind the color scheme we've chosen, I've begun to carryout the decorating of Jackson's room. 

First up, his name art. I'd come across this idea on Etsy and thought this was the perfect Saturday project for me and the Husband. Boy, did I underestimate the time this craft would take, but oh man it was so worth it!

string art name tutorial

The project at hand is actually fairly simple. The time requirements a bit more than you think. Or, just don't have a kids with 7 letters in his name. Just saying. 

To start, stain a 1x6 inch piece of wood the desired color. We chose the same color as Jackson's future bunk beds and dresser. 

Pick a font and print your child's name out letter by letter. Scaling it to your piece of wood. Cut them out and tape them in place. 
string art name tutorial

Then start nailing. We spaced our nails an inch apart. 

string art name tutorial

Once the nails are in, remove the paper and start wrapping one letter at a time. 

This process calls for a drink and lots of yarn. 

string art name tutorial

The final product is such a reward to come to life, and a fun addition to any child's room!

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15 comments:

  1. Love this!! And I'm guessing I should wait until I can have a bottle of wine to do this with Mackenzie's name.... :)
    Also I really like this for kiddos with long names.....smaller than trying to do wood letters or other ideas out there. But yes, looks more time consuming.

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  2. Oh my this looks so good! Great job!

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  3. Love it, looks super cute!

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  4. How adorable!! And yes, you deserve a drink :)

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  5. Can you just... make one for Evie? I love it and it's so super cute but I don't have the patience and I'd end up tangled in the string!

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  6. I've seen this before and wanted to do it for Hannah! Totally forgot about it until I read your post! This might be a weekend craft project!
    Jackson's turned out great! Nice job!

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  7. Oh my gosh, you are too clever. I love this! LOVE IT!!! Good job mama

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  8. Looks awesome! I wouldn't have the patience lol

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  9. Great project. I did this for my son back in the 70's when macramé, and string art were very popular. It is time consuming but the end result is worth it.

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  10. This makes the room his own with his name big on the wall lorraine at http://lorrainesresources.blogspot.com

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  11. This look so cool! My son's room is so spartan I'd love to do something like this for him, but man I can see how it would take so long! And his name has 6 letters... haha

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  12. This is so cute, and such a great idea! I would definitely only spell out my daughter's nickname, Krissy. Kristionna is just too long... lol I also love those bookshelves and have been searching all over for some. Where did you get them? Or did you make them? Krissy's books have been hiding in her closet, and I want them out on display, but out of her reach because she eats them! :-/

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  13. This is so cute! I think this is a must do for my kids rooms!
    I'd love it if you would share this on Much Ado About Monday with Huckleberry Love!

    Karla
    http://www.huckleberrylove.com/2013/07/much-ado-about-monday-no-19-and-scentsy.html

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  14. Congratulations…this post was featured on Create It Thursday this week! Thanks so much for sharing such a fabulous idea!

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  15. Where did you get the bookshelves from?

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