Sunday, 12 August 2012

meet.make.thread art.

It was a holiday long weekend, and in our world, that means.... craft time! We didn't know what we wanted to make, so a trip to HomeSense was in order to find a little inspiration. After wandering the aisles, we came across some random cheesy bathroom framed art, and figured it had potential to turn into something cool.

Supplies We used: 
  • Cheesy framed art
  • Off white acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Size 0 crochet thread
  • Appliqué pins
  • Hammer
  • Mod Podge
We started by taking apart the pre-made wall art, and painting over the previous design.

While the paint was drying, we decided what design we wanted for our string art. Since we don't have a fancy Cricket or Silhouette machine (if you have one you want to donate we would be alright with that!) we drew out our designs by hand.

Hayley chose "Love Me Do"... she is such a music lover so there was no doubt that she would pick a song title or lyrics. Stephanie wanted something to hang next to her bar set-up... so "Prost" (Cheers in German) and a Stein were drawn.

Once the paint was dry, we hammered in the applique pins. We did this two different ways:
  • Hayley cut out her letters from the paper and pinned around the shapes.
  • Stephanie pinned through the paper, then ripped it out after. (If you do it this way, make sure you remember to rip up the paper BEFORE you start wrapping your thread! Makes things difficult later on)

Then it is the fun part.... wrapping the thread around the pins! A small yarn or string would work as well, just make sure your pins or nails are an appropriate size to hold whatever you choose. 

During the formation, Hayley had a stroke of genius, and had the idea to mod podge the thread knots so they don't unravel. Any glue that dries clear would also work!  

This project took wayyyyy longer then expected. Precisely three days that is!! Life does seem to get in the way. As much as we may wish we could craft 24/7... obviously it doesn't always work that way!

After a few hours of silent concentration nailing those tiny appliqué pins, we were so excited with the finished product! They are definitely something worth hanging on any wall!


  1. Okay, these are totally fun! I so need to do something like this!

  2. You are so awesome! Love it! And Stephanie: Prost! That's fantastic! :)) You made me smile a lot!

  3. SUPER CUTE! I especially love the Prost! one! I need to do something like this :-)

    I really hope you consider linking this up with our Sunday Snaps Link Party! I think you've got a great chance to be featured!

    Thanks, and hope to see you on the link party!

    Sarah B Texas @ City Girl Gone Country

  4. Very cute! I've been seeing a lot of pin art around and would love to try my own. Thanks for the tips!

  5. These are great! I've been watching to try pin art. It looks like this is the way to go!

  6. Love it! I haven't seen this done before. I'm pinning it to remind myself to try it out later!

  7. You guys are adorable.. and I am Totally jealous that I don't have crafty girlfriends to have crafty nights in with.. Love your blog and I am your newest follower! Hope you stop by and share these cute projects with my Pink Hippo Party @
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  8. How cool is that?! This is a fantastic project! Would you consider linking this up at my Pinworthy Projects Party? I hope to see you there!

  9. These are so cool! Love the rustic feel to them:)
    Keep up the craftiness!
    x, Anna

  10. These are super cute! Love them!

  11. Hey girl! I'm stopping by from the blog hop. I'm one of the co-hosts! Thanks for linking up!

    I hope you're having an awesome day! :)


  12. Love love love this idea!!! So cute and creative. New follower from the blog hop :)

  13. I love these! They turned out super cute :-) Thanks a bunch for sharing at my Back For Seconds Social!

  14. Amazing! What a great job you both did. I didn't think you could do letters so small with pins and string. Thanks.

  15. Really cool + much better than the original art!

  16. AMAZING!!!! I am so going to follow you!!! One of the coolest things I have seen in a while. My wheels are turning now.I found you on the blog hop

  17. guess what?!? Your awesomeness won you the versatile blogger award. You are one of 7. There are rules and stuff you can find it on my page

  18. Love it! And it looks like fun :) You girls do such fun things! I'm so happy to have you link up at my Throwback Thursday party and I hope to see you again this week :)

  19. This is seriously so cute! What a great idea!! Found you from the favorite post link up! Have an awesome Monday!

  20. nice to know you, and thanks for sharing.

  21. hallo, apa kabar?

    visit from Indonesia.


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