State Inspired String Art

I was put in charge of a craft activity for about 40 women. When I was trying to find something fun and cute to do, I kept coming across all of these super cute string art ideas. I also noticed that state decor is all the rage. I thought why not combine them both?!? So this is what I came up with.

I live in Idaho so we did Idaho string art, but you can adapt this to whatever state you live in!

I’m going to use the great state of Texas in my tutorial because my good friend Sunny lives there and it was her birthday so I will be sending this to her when it is done!

Materials needed:

  • 1-3/4” x 12” x 48” stain grade board
  • 1-pkg 16×5/8” Linoleum nails
  • stain (I used dark walnut)
  • rubber gloves
  • needle nose plyers
  • hammer
  • saw to cut board
  • 8 1/2” x 11” print out of your state clip art

I made a trip to Lowe’s. I could not find the right linoleum nails anywhere but there! I picked up a board while I was there too! I already had stain so I just used what I had.

I chose this board because it had kind of a butcher block look and I like that!

I took my 48” board and cut it into 14” sections.

You might want to take a sanding block and sand any rough edges before you stain the board.

Next take your desired stain, an old towel, and make sure and put your gloves on!

Dip your rag into the stain. Remember a little bit goes a long way! Rub board until it is completely covered. Make sure and remove any excess stain with the dry side of your rag!

Once your board is stained you will want to leave it to dry for several hours before you complete your project.

While the board is drying you can prepare your state clip art. For this I just googled Texas clip art and many options came up. I chose one and pasted it into a Word document. There, I could resize it to be as big as possible and still fit on a 8 1/2” x 11” piece of paper. I changed the margins to like .3 on all sides so that it would be as big as possible. For some states you may need to change your page orientation to landscape to get it to work on your page. Portrait definitely worked the best with Idaho, but Texas could have gone either way. Here is what I ended up with.

Once your board has had had time to dry, you will take your state clip art and center it on your stained board.

Next you will need your hammer, needle nosed plyers, and nails. I like to use the plyers to hold the nail while I hammer. It does not feel good to hit you finger with the hammer.  I know this from experience!😫

Now start hammering in the nails. I do them about 1/2” apart. Make sure that you put a nail anywhere there is a peak or valley in the print. The nails are what the string will go around and will make the shape of your art.

Once the whole outline is nailed, you are going to just rip the paper right off.

You are left with an outline of your state in nails.

Now for the string. I got this string at the Dollar Store.

It is a little more off white then the string I used on the Idaho art. It is also a lot thicker but it works! I got the other string at Hobby Lobby in the yarn section. Any string that is thicker would work. You could even use colored string if you would like.

Take the end of the string and tie it around one of the nails with a knot.

Now you just start stringing your art. I like to outline the whole state with string so that you have a distinct outline.

Now you just need to string randomly from nail to nail until the whole thing is covered in string. I think the more string you add to it the better it looks!

Here is the finished project!! So easy and cheap. This would be great for Christmas presents or Birthday presents! You can make these for less than $5 a piece!

From Idaho to Texas! Hope you like it Sunny!

Let me know if you have any questions!  We would love to see your finished project!

😘 jill