Welcome to the March “Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop”, hosted by My Pinterventures. The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you, too) to not just pin, but to make it happen! So, this month, I chose to create my own cactus string art.
Pinspired Cactus String Art
My original inspiration for this project came from a darling string art pallet I saw at Hobby Lobby. Put it in my cart then looked at it more closely and decided I could make it myself.
That was January. In February, I started looking on Pinterest for the directions to making a string art and found several pins for cactus string art pallets. I have pinned them on my DIYs, DIMs and Honey-Dos board, here. And in March, I finally created my own cactus string art pallet to use with my other cactus-themed summertime decor.
Follow along the steps below to create your own cactus string art or a piece of string art in a design of your choosing.
I have seen string art made with embroidery floss and yarn. For my project, I planned to use some of my many skeins of leftover green embroidery thread. But mid-stream, I switched to yarn. Either one works well but the yarn just provided a heavier, fuller look.
- Wood pallet
- Small nails, about 1″
- White acrylic paint
- Wide paint brush
- Container for water and paint
- Embroidery thread, colors and number of skeins dependent on your project design OR
- Yarn, again colors and number of skeins dependent on your string art pattern
- Artificial flower for cactus
- Pulled up several images of cactus string art on Pinterest to use as pinspiration.
- Painted the palette with a wash of white acrylic paint.
- Lightly sketched the cactus design onto the pallet in pencil.
- Began gently hammering the nails onto the pallet along the design outline, spacing the nails as evenly as possible.
- Beginning at the left bottom corner of the cactus, I knotted the embroidery floss around the nail. Then began wrapping the thread around each nail once then moving to the next nail, wrapping the floss around it. Proceeded until all of the nails were connected by thread and the cactus was outlined. Tied off the end of the thread.
- After outlining my cactus, I had run out of the color floss I’d chosen to use. When I went to Walmart the next day for more thread, I discovered this yarn in a variated combination of green-olive-tan. Decided to start again, using the yarn.
- Reoutlined my cactus design with the yarn. Preferred the way the yarn created a bolder line.
- Measured off a length of floss or yarn and began wrapping it on one nail then stretching it across the cactus to a nail on the opposite side of the plant. The yarn took on a criss-cross pattern, filling in the shape with color.
- Once I was happy with the way the yarn had filled the shape, I outlined the cactus one more time, wrapping the yarn around the edge of the plant. Tying off the yarn when I was finished.
- Clipped a bloom from a stem of artificial flowers then used hot glue to attach it to the pallet.
- Ta-da, my finished string art cactus pallet.
Cactus-Themed Summertime Decor
Last year was the first time I used a cactus theme for my summer decorations. Didn’t have a lot of items to use so have picked up pieces to add to my collection over the past few months. PC and I recently enjoyed participating in I Painted That’s “Wood and Wine Workshop” where we built and painted our own pallets. It was one of the activities on my Winter Bucket List, here. My Prince made a baseball themed sign for around the logo for his beloved Cincinnati Reds. I made a cactus pallet.
And I will be reviewing some beautiful artificial cactus I received from Silk Plants Direct in a post coming soon. Here’s a peek at these lovely succulents paired with my cactus string art.
Do you Pinterest? If so, do you ever go back to revisit/use your pins? While I have oodles and oodles of pins, I am pretty good about pinning only things I might someday refer back to. Especially in the way of recipes and DIYs. Would love to have you follow me on Pinterest, here.
And guess what? You, too, can join in the pinspiration fun.
To join next month’s challenge, click here to sign-up ⇒ April Pinterest Challenge
Now let’s see what other things Pinterest inspired! Head over and visit the other hosts to see what they crafted, cooked, built, or tried!
Jenny – Cookies Coffee and Crafts
Joanne – Our Unschooling Journey • Magen – The Kusi Life
• Maria – Tinselbox
Hope you will visit some of the creative goings-on these gals are sharing on their blogs. I plan to do that right now. And these please consider linking up your spring bucket list with the gang tomorrow, 03.21.2018. We would love to see what you have planned for spring!
Thank you, dear ones.
Hugs and kisses,