Oh, Pinterest. Why do you insist on filling my head with beautiful DIY projects that kick off countless ideas I feel a compulsive need to try? I’ve gotten a bit more selective about how much time I spend on Pinterest because I find my own creativity can get a little stymied in the face of such an onslaught of creative brilliance, but I just can’t give it up. It’s just too good. One project I’ve seen in many iterations that always catches my eye is string art. I’m a word nerd AND a font snob, so DIY art projects that use words and typeface are kind of my jam.
I recently created a trade show display for Mr. Fox Composting and when I was almost done, I decided it needed an extra finishing touch. I’d made a custom hand-painted backdrop, as well as a bunch of accessories for their table, but it needed one more hip and rustic touch. Mr. Fox Composting is doing VERY COOL THINGS, so I loved working with them and the fact that they gave me full creative freedom was the cherry on the top. Lickity split, I saw my opportunity to bust out some string art and jumped on it. I had some plywood waiting in the wings, so I cut it down to size, sanded the rough edges, stained it a dark walnut, and then gave it a couple thin coats of poly to make it weatherproof. And then … my week-long marathon of tiny nails and banged up fingers began.
Yes, it was VERY time consuming. Yes, I learned just how unskilled I am with a hammer. And yes, it was totally worth it.