Workshop@home crafts: DIY Bird String Art

It’s time for another installment of my Workshp@home series! This time around I’ll be covering how to make cool-looking string art in the shape of a bird from materials (you’ll hopefully) have lying around the house! The idea for this project came from a blog post I found a while back.

Materials List

string art supplies

  • Wood Pallet Board (I’d suggest one around 6.25″ x 11″ in size)
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • Sanding block or sand paper
  • Paint Brush
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Embroidery Floss
  • Pattern (The graphic is located at the bottom of the page)
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Old Towel (optional)
  • Painter’s Tape (optional)

Instructions

1. To start off with, if your board still has some rough edges use a sanding block or sandpaper to sand the rough edges of your board.

sand it good

2. From there, paint the board. If you want, once it’s done you can distress it by sanding in random places.

painting

3. Here’s where the towel comes in. Place the board on that old towel so you’re not damaging your floor while you’re hammering. From there, place the pattern on your board, using the painter’s tape to keep it in place. Drive nails in about 1/2 way into the wood around the outside of the pattern about 1/2″-3/4″ apart. Once you’re done it should look something like the picture below.

two birdies!

4. Tear away the pattern and don’t worry about tearing it.

5. Take the embroidery floss, making sure not the separate the threads, and leaving a tail of thread, tie one end in a double knot around a nail. From there, keep your floss tight and zig-zag your way through the pattern.

pull the strings pull the strings

6. Great, you’re almost done! Now to give your bird more definition, you’ll use the embroidery floss to outline the different parts of the bird (i.e. its wings, eye, body, etc.). To do this just wrap the floss around a nail head and carry the floss to the next nail head. When you’re done you’ll have a neat little string-art bird that’s perfect to help welcome the Spring weather (which will *hopefully* be coming soon)!

birdy

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