Project of the Day: TARDIS String Art

So I haven’t posted for a while, but that definitely doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy. 🙂 I’ve been working on some really neat projects, but I didn’t think about the fact that many of these are becoming gifts for people, and I can’t post pictures without ruining the surprise! So here’s a project I finished last night that I actually can post, and expect a few others to pop up over the weekend. 🙂

TARDIS String Art

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Materials:

Wood plank or tree slice

Nails or upholstery tacks (I used the tacks because they’re all a little differently shaped.)

Embroidery floss (For this project, I used 6-strand DMC thread: one white skein and three blue.)

Picture hanging wire or ribbon

Scissors

Paper

Ruler

Hammer

 

Step one: Draw the shape

Obviously, you can make whatever shape you’d like, but it’s a good idea to do something with straight lines, rather than a lot of curves and curls at first. Draw or trace your shape onto a piece of paper, cut it out, and tape it to the wood.

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Props go to my genius husband for drawing this TARDIS silhouette for me. I’m hopeless at this kind of thing, so I depend heavily on his talent. 🙂

 

Step two: Nail in the outline

Start with the corners first. It’s easier to make the nails evenly spaced if you already have the corners done.

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You’ll want to hammer the nails in only about halfway, to leave space for the thread.

Fill in the rest of the lines with nails. I chose to add nails to some of the interior lines too, rather than just the outline.

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I love how each tack has a differently shaped head. I think it gives the piece character. 🙂

Now tear the paper out of the shape, leaving only the nails.

Step three: String the… string 😉

Tie a slip knot at the end of your thread, and hook it on a corner nail. I wrapped the string around the outline a couple of times first to create a solid boundary. Then comes the fun part.

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Then wrap the thread around the nails to create a crisscross pattern. Have fun with this! I just wrapped the door sign and the light on the roof kind of chaotically, and made the body of the TARDIS a bit more organized.

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Step four: Add the nails and wire for hanging

On the back of the wood, add two nails. Tip: the further apart and closer to the top of the plank these are, the straighter and more nicely the art will hang.

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Then tie on the wire. In the future, I’ll use ribbon. I think it looks better when it’s hung if it’s on ribbon.

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Ta-da!

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And, as always, you can skip the hassle and just buy one at my Etsy store. 🙂

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