Thursday, July 4, 2013

Exploring Cricut - Flower String Art

Happy 4th of July!  It is my turn today to share at Exploring Cricut. I decided to share a project my daughter, Emma, created using the Cricut and string art. Do you all remember doing this? I do, and boy, the Cricut would have made this so much easier!!

She is getting ready for her freshman year at college and working on projects to decorate her dorm room. I think she hit a winner with this one. She chose a flower from Cindy Loo.

She got a board from Michael's and painted it yellow on top and green around the edge. Using acrylic paint this dried very quickly.

Lay newspaper down and also something cushy underneath your project. We put some placemats and a laptop sleeve to protect table and give some cushion when hammering. The next step was to lay the negative of the flower on top of the wood for placement.

As you can see the nails were hammered around the edge of the negative. The curves took more nails/sq. inch to make sure there would be a good curve. The nails were from Home Depot - Wire Nails #18 x 3/4". They had a very nice head to work with and the string stayed put.

Tie your floss in a knot around a nail head to start. Here you can see Emma started with the edge of the pink flower and once done began zigzagging the pink through out the flower. There really is no wrong or right way to weave; whatever looks good to you:)

She continued that process  with the dark pink and green. When finished weaving tie a knot around another nail head and tuck under floss. Once the stringing was finished, I added green stickles to the nail heads around the green area; and pink stickles around the pink area. This really gave it a nice shimmer:)

Flower - Cindy Loo 10"
Yellow and green acrylic paint
Oval frame, embroidery floss in 2 shades of pink and 1 green
Green Stickles, Cotton Candy and Fruit Punch Stickles

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Mary Ann said...

WOW!Very Pretty!Thanks for sharing!!!

snappy scrappy said...

So pretty, I remember doing this back in the day.

teachermom5 said...

Thank you for the step by step how to... really lovely project. Great job.

Sharon said...

This is fabulous Emma and Annette!!! I love it. So beautiful. Will look awesome in the dorm. :)

Liz O. said...

awesome project! TFS
Have a wonderful day!
Liz O.

Scrapping Girl said...

Wow! How fun is that! It will look great in her room-is she going away far for college or staying in the metro area? I'm sure it will be a big change regardless!

Lagene said...

WOWZERS! This is a wonderful project, great wall art!