*Decorating*, *DIY*, Claire

DIY string decor

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I LOVE Fall!! It is my favorite time of year because pretty colors, spice candles, pumpkin pie, and decorating for the holidays.  What’s not to love? 🙂

I have been dying to find an inexpensive way to decorate my table. I love the big thanksgiving fall centerpieces, but I didn’t want to spend a ton of money.  I decided on a sweet and simple string project.

This project was so fun and so easy. It took probably a total of 45 minutes to complete and turned out looking awesome.

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Things you will need:

-small wooden canvas (I got mine for $2 at a craft shop)

-paint and sponge brush

-craft string

-small craft nails (can be found at any craft store)

-hammer

-tweezers or something to hold the small nails while you hammer them

-template of whatever you want to make

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First I painted the canvas.  I used only a thin layer of brown in order to get a sort of rustic look to it

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Next, I printed out my template of a leaf, cut it out, and traced it lightly with a pencil onto my dry canvas

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Then, I began hammering in my nails.  This part is a bit tricky because the nails are so short. I used a pair of pliers to keep the nails in place while I hammered them, but tweezers would work really well too.

The trick is to only put a nail where there is a change in shape. At first I was putting nails in every quarter inch but that took FOREVER and didn’t make sense since it would look the same only putting them where the string needed to change directions.

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Then comes the fun part! I tied a small knot with the string on one of the nails and first traced the string all along the outside a few times to make it really defined, then I filled in the middle.  Here, I think less is more but its up to you!

 

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I LOVED the way it turned out and it just gives me a little happy fall feeling whenever I see it 🙂

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