string art

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I woke up Monday morning with a vision…

string art …a vision for a string art installation.

I often decorate in my sleep.

The wall above the orange couch has been haunting me for years.  The window is off-center.

Just a little off-center.

Not ENOUGH off-center to be charming.

I have tried multiple picture layouts to try to decrease the obvious off-centeredness, but it didn’t look right.

So when I thought up the string art idea in the middle of the night, I couldn’t wait to get started.

Simple, right?

I drew out the plan to make sure the angle would miss the window.

string art plan It did.

When I measured, I was surprised that the height of the wall and the width were the same.  It is a square wall which is perfect for a simple string art pattern.

Each edge was 8′ long.  Each nail was positioned 1/4″ apart.

384 nails on the top.

384 nails on the side.

diy string art I used masonry string and found that it came in white, hot pink and this orange caution color.   The rolls each contained 425 feet.  Each roll would wrap 32 nails.

12 rolls.

There is just a few feet shy of a MILE of string on my wall!

Thankfully, by the time I got to the third roll of string, Ryan offered his help.  He and I spent hours looping the string around a nail head and then reaching to give it the other person to do the same.

Back and forth.

And so on.

Even though it took us awhile, the process is very satisfying.  We could see the progress and marvel how straight string lines can create such an amazing curve.

string art closeup The colors between the rolls varied a bit and then the color is intensified with layering.

In some areas it is a tonal rainbow.

As we neared the floor, Rhett wanted to help.  I was surprised at how much help both Ryan and Rhett could lend.  I would NEVER have finished without them.

We love how it turned out.

string art And as for me…

I am praying that my next decorating dream is a bit less tedious.

Holly About Holly

Kids Activities Blog is Holly's blogging home.

She is the mom of three boys ages 7, 10 and 12 who partially homeschools. She believes that you shouldn't have to buy stuff to have fun when there is a kitchen junk drawer full of possibilities.

She can also be found at Business 2 Blogger, on Twitter as @QuirkyMommaSite or @Texasholly, but her favorite place to hang out is on Google +.

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