I recently came across some awesome state-inspired string art on pinterest (seen here and here), and decided to make my own. String art is such a simple & fun project, and I loved the idea of making a California version. I am, after all, a born & raised California girl, and I truly love it here.
Anyway, the steps for making this are quite simple and inexpensive. Especially if you already have all of the materials like I did. Here's how you make it:
DIY String Art
1) Obtain a piece of wood in desired size (I used plywood because it's what I had on hand, but any variety would work - in fact, plywood is harder to nail into than regular wood, so if you have regular wood, it'll probably be a bit easier.)
2) Stain or paint the wood in your desired color & let dry.
3) Print out (or draw or trace) the outline of the shape you want & evenly mark dots for where you will be placing the nails.
5) Once you've added all of your nails, remove the paper by tearing it away from the nails. Attach a string to a nail, and begin wrapping the string around the nails in your desired pattern. You can choose to do this in a completely random pattern, or in sort of a pinwheel pattern like I did. *Note: while wrapping the string around the nails, make sure to keep tension in the string, or it will unravel.
Such an easy and fun project. Some notes, though... I'm happy with how it turned out, but in retrospect, I wish I'd placed the nails a little closer together (especially along the top). Good to know for next time!