State Inspired String Art {Alabama – Heart Of Dixie}

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Happy Monday, lovely friends!! I’m super excited to show you my latest project today! I’m participating in a “state pride” blog tour this week beginning with my sweet friend Beckie from Indiana. As soon as I decided to participate in this event, the silhouette of Alabama and the phrase “old times there are not forgotten” popped into my head. My goal was to make a classy piece of art that I’m proud to display in my home. After blood {not really}, sweat {yes} and tears {not kidding}, I present to you my Heart of Dixie String Art…

[pinit count=”horizontal”] Y’all. I am thrilled with how this came together!!

If you don’t live in Alabama and don’t have ties to this beautiful state {and no, we’re not all rednecks!}, you can use this inspiration to create your own state-inspired string art. 🙂 Let me show you how I made it.

Supplies needed:

Let’s get started!

Place 1/4″ boards beside each other. It only matters that they are perfectly lined up on one side. The 1 1/2″ boards are a little too long, so give them a quick whack with a saw.

Use wood glue to attach the 1 1/2″ support boards to the 1/4″ slats. I didn’t glue my slats together because it’s totally unnecessary.

Clamp wood together to dry. I just used heavy encyclopedias. 🙂

Wait a day or so and you will have this lovely planked wood piece to work with.

I’ve been wanting to try a gray stain, so I picked up Rust-oleum’s Driftwood stain. I really love it!

I used a rag and wiped the stain on and off. Very simple. Allow stain to dry for 24 hours.

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In the mean time, find an outline of your state {in my case, Alabama} from Google images. I used PicMonkey to add the heart to the center. Save the image to your computer and add it to a word document. Obviously because of the size I needed, I had to play with it and print in sections. Note to self…find Silhouette Cameo power cord asap. Ahem.

I nailed down the corners of the outline with paneling nails. Then I used a pen to trace the outline  through the paper. I removed the paper and could still see the faint indentations in the wood.

Go around the entire outline with paneling nails about 1″ apart. it is very important that you tap in the nails slowly so the wood doesn’t split. I also used a piece of wood under the slats for extra support when nailing. Then, tie the string around one nail and go to town wrapping the string around the nails. This step is therapeutic. 🙂

Seriously. So pretty! I love the texture…and the bling of the thumbtacks. Oh yea, the thumbtacks. I used them inside the heart design to emphasize it. I love the glam that they add!

To create the wording you could easily use a craft cutter to make a stencil. But I just used a gold paint pen from Hobby Lobby. At first the paint was quite yellow gold and I started to freak out because that wasn’t the color I was going for. After the paint pen dried, I used a pencil eraser to take off some of the paint and it worked beautifully.

“Heart of Dixie”

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As you can see, you don’t have to be super particular about having the nails all lined up. It really doesn’t matter. And when you do the string step, just be gentle and don’t pull too hard.

Since we’ve been working on my Memaw’s house, I’ve been reliving SO many memories. I can hear her talk. I can hear her work. I can hear her sighing. And her singing. Memaw had a precious singing voice. How I miss her! Truly, “old times there are not forgotten.”

Here are a few more beauty shots…

Now, I expect you all to go forth and create your own string art…whether you’re from the Heart of Dixie or not. *wink*

Be sure to head over to Kim’s place. She’s sharing something from Washington state today!

I would love to know…What state do you live in? Do you live where you were born?

xoxo

Myra

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