Last weekend I headed to the Elevate Blog Conference. You may remember that I went last year, and this will not be the first post where I discuss the conference this year.

When I saw this project outside, on a table, overlooking the sand and water I couldn't wait to get started.

String Art
There were a few options to choose from, but I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to make a string art map for my little man to hang on his bedroom wall.

String and Nail Art
To make this we placed a piece of paper with the image printed on it on top of the wood, hammered nails around the outside of the image, then pulled the paper off the nails. Then we wound string around, and around, and around until we were satisfied.

Tip: wind the string clockwise around the nails so that the string is on the outside of the nail when you are just going around the outside.

When I hung the string art on the wall it looked a little lonely all by itself though. I came across a fun card from the conference that said 'believe in yourself' and decided I should pop that in a frame and hang that too. I have wanted to put inspirational words into each of the kids bedrooms, and this is a great starting piece.

The only problem was that I didn't have any frames that were the right color or size. I found one old broken frame in the garage. Unfortunately the frame around the wood was completely broken and the entire back was missing. A little paint, eye screws and twine fixed that problem though.

DIY frame
And a little decorative tape held the card in place nicely.

DIY frame
It was perfect.

motivational art for kids bedrooms
He was so happy when he got home from school and saw this.

wall art for kids
Of course now there's a little miss who wants new art on her walls too.


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Jamie May 16, 2013 - 5:50 pm

Love this project and would love to have this on my walls =)

Sharlene May 16, 2013 - 11:13 pm

Okay I am gonna need one of those. Can you buy them pre-nailed or do I have to somehow create this from scratch?

Tonya Staab May 17, 2013 - 3:39 pm

I think you did need one of those, but yes, you are going to have to do it the old fashioned way and hammer those nails in. Another tip is making a little heart of nails in the location you live.

Tonya Staab June 4, 2013 - 6:52 am

I think this could quickly become a new obsession – because I need another one right :).

Brittany October 18, 2013 - 6:01 pm

This looks so great! I feel like even a beginner like myself could do it pretty easily. Did you use a stencil? You could probably get almost any image you wanted for the silhouette right?


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