DIY Art using Thread and Wood
This idea came straight from one of our Student Support Specialists, Ana (she’s so crafty!). She made this beautiful, feminine, original wall art, and we just had to try it out. The best part is that since the holidays are over, you can keep this DIY all for yourself. Give it a try!
Here’s what you’ll need:
1. A piece of wood. You don’t have to cut down a tree! You can find some really beautiful pieces at many craft stores. A nice piece can be a bit on the pricey side (ours cost $30), but for the look we wanted, it was totally worth it.
2. Sewing pins. Depending on your wood, you can also use nails. Our wood was very soft, and nails would have damaged it.
3. Embroidery thread. Regular thread will not be thick enough for this project – it will keep slipping off the pins. (Believe us, we tried…)
4. Hammer, pencil, and scissors. We didn’t use a thimble, but our sore little fingers regretted it the whole time.
Draw your word onto the piece of wood. Cursive writing works the best, because you can use one strand of thread for the whole word. If you like, you can create a stencil beforehand – this way you can play around with shapes and sizes.
Place the pins along the edges of your word, roughly half an inch apart. This step is a bit tedious, and will definitely hurt your fingers. That’s why we used a hammer at times to give our fingertips a break and make sure the pins were secure. A thimble would work, too.
Tie a solid knot around the first pin and start wrapping! Don’t worry about wrapping in any particular order; you’ll have to wrap each pin a few times to make the word show up against the wood.
Once you’re happy with the thread and you can clearly see the word, tie another tight knot and cut off the excess string!
And there you have it! DIY wall art that you can customize to suit your home. Give it a try, and show us how you did on the Facebook page!