String art is something I’ve been wanting to try for a while. I’ve seen loads of examples of it online, with people creating these amazing images, so I was pretty excited when the Craft Box Club (https://craftboxclub.co.uk/) for June landed on my doorstep!
Included in the box was:
- Block of wood x2
- Coloured string x7
- Elastic bands
- Paper templates
As per usual there was the link to the video tutorial as well. The process was a lot simpler than I’d thought in my head and I only had to watch the video once before completing the project as each step was demonstrated very clearly. I think that just seeing the end product and not knowing the process can be a big barrier to people, including me, from trying out new crafts. One of my favourite things about Craft Box Club is that the crafts are always varied and different from crafts that you find in a lot of other subscription boxes, but the instructions are so clear and easy to follow that it’s not off-putting at all. Also, the crafts are usually quick to do, which is great if you only have an hour or so at the weekend to indulge your creativity.
The part of this box that I most enjoyed was hammering in the nails. It was extremely satisfying, although I think I need to work on my technique as some of my nails ended up a bit wonky! You hammered the nails in with the use of the paper template laid over the two pieces of wood. I wasn’t sure why the wood had to be in two parts at first, but due to Adam’s mission to make the boxes as plastic free and sustainable as possible, it explains on the website that the wood is upcycled from locally sourced wooden pallets. Once the nails were all hammered in you could then tear off the paper template ready to start stringing.
The stringing was done in a specific order so that the two pieces of wood held together. The colours were a rainbow theme and the pattern created a star shape in the middle. The thing I like about string art is the patterns that are created, not only using the string but also using the negative spaces between the string, in this case the star. Included in the kit was a paper template showing where each coloured string had to go with each point numbered so you knew which nail to wind it around. I found the diagram very useful as I don’t think I would have been able to follow along with the video.
Finally all that was left to do was string the two pieces of wood together at the back and create a hook for hanging it. This was a very satisfying project to complete, resulting in a cute, rustic wall hanging.