String Art: Shroom Time

String Art: Shroom Time

I got addicted to pictures of string art on Pinterest and finally could not contain myself any longer! One of my good friends Meg was lucky enough to need a gift just about that time and had half-jokingly requested a mushroom not long ago. When I saw the picture of this one, it had her name all over it!

I'm not going to go into a lot of how-to detail today. There will be a post in the near future about with the nitty-gritty on how I created the world in string art.  In the mean time, a picture is worth a thousand words so here are the highlights.

What I used:

  • 12" X 12" Wood Panel (actually I got a 12" X 36" panel from Lowe's and cut it into thirds!)
  • Wood Stain
  • Small craft nails or wire nails (I used 3/4" nails which turned out to be pretty perfect!)
  • Small hammer (if you use a big one, your hand will get tired in a hurry but it'll work!)
  • Embroidery thread (all the pretty colors!)
  • Needle-nose pliers (not required but very handy!)
  • Pattern for the picture you want to make

I fell in love with this mushroom picture as soon as I saw it and the colors were just right so I went with it! However, you have the power, so if you want to change your colors up, go for it!

Mushroom String Art Supplies

I read a lot of tutorials where people didn't cut out their template, just nailed right through it. That completely works, but cutting was a little easier for me in the long run. I placed the nails about a half-inch apart and it took a couple of hours just to do the outside edge.

Mushroom String Art First Nails

I have to take a moment here to say it's high time someone created a better way to package embroidery thread than rolling it back on itself with a couple of pieces of paper glued around it. I'll just leave this here as an example of what not to do.

Mushroom String Art Tangled Thread

I did try to make sure that I "layered" the different parts of the mushroom so that there was some depth at the end. Also, as you can see, I used two shades of green and two shades of purple to give it a richer look. I love the way that turned out! I ran the two colors together rather than doing them separately so it didn't take any extra time.

Mushroom String Art Spots

I e-wrapped around every nail before doing any criss-crosses which gave it a nice clean outline when finished.

Mushroom String Art Side

Sometimes I got lazy and wrapped down the side of several nails at once. Got to be careful doing that though. It can effect your end result.

Mushroom String Art Side 2

The overall project took longer than I expected (probably about 5-6 hours), but It makes me smile every time I look at it.

Have you ever made a string art? What lessons did you learn?

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