Step 1

Mark and Cut Plywood

Based on the wall on which the string art will be hung, take proper measurements, then use the measuring tape and pencil to mark the plywood to size.

Once the plywood is marked with pencil, add a straight edge and guide the circular saw or table saw along the marked line. It’s best to have a helper assist in keeping the wood held securely in order to help guide it through the saw safely. 

Step 2

Paint Plywood

Wipe the surface of the plywood with a damp cloth to ensure that the paint will take evenly. Apply two coats of paint using mini roller. Allow approximately two hours of drying time between each coat.

Step 3

Create Template

In order to successfully scale and position the desired silhouette or shape onto the plywood, you’ll need to create a template from kraft paper. Roll the paper out on a flat, level surface, then use a marker to free-hand or trace the shape. Temporarily attach the template to the plywood using painter’s tape on all four corners.  

Pro Tip

For maximum impact, it’s best to allow the silhouette to take up approximately 75% of the surface of the plywood.

Step 4

Add Roofing Nails

Use hammer to add roofing nails along the traced line of the template, spacing the nails approximately 1/2” apart. 

Step 5

Attach String to Create Sihouette

To start the stringing process, knot the string to one nail. Randomly pull the string back and forth from the knot, wrapping it around the nails across and slightly up and down from it. Move upward and downward in sections for complete, cohesive coverage.

Once the silhouette has taken full shape, add a finished edge around the perimeter of the nails by wrapping each nail, one after the other until a solid line takes shape.

Step 6

Create Border

Once the silhouette has taken full shape, add a finished edge around the perimeter of the nails by wrapping each nail, one after the other until a solid line takes shape.

Step 7

Measure, Mark and Cut Trim

For a professional touch, add 1x2 pine trim to all sides of the plywood. Start by measuring and marking it with measuring tape and pencil.

Cut each end at a 45-degree angle using a saw and miter box. 

Step 8

Paint and Attach the Trim and Hardware

Paint the trim in an accent color (white and black work best) using 2-inch paintbrush.

Attach each piece of mitered trim along the edges using the hammer and finish nails. Fill in nail holes made by the finish nails with wood filler, then touch up the surface with paint.

Photo by: Rustic White Photography, LLC

Rustic White Photography, LLC