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Shamrock string art tutorialI know nail and string art has been around blogland for a while now.. but I finally jumped on the bandwagon.   Heck, I even remember a string art picture hanging up at my Grandma's house when I was just a little girl.. back in the late 70's so it isn't like this is even a recent trend, but I am finally getting on board.

Since St. Patrick’s day is the next holiday for me, I thought I would make a shamrock shape.  Why not?

String nail clover greenThe supplies for this project are pretty straight forward:
A piece of plywood, some large head nails (I used linoleum nails since they come in pretty finishes like copper and zinc) and twine or string. Some people use finer finishing nails where the heads don't show but I liked seeing them.

For my string I actually used polypropylene "Dazzle Twine" (which I discovered in the twine section of the hardware store.) It is strange stuff and has the feel of a plastic grocery store bag.
At first I was going to use green garden jute but it just didn't stand out against the the plywood enough.  Instead the iridescent finish of the dazzle twine (I feel like a moron calling it by that name) was pretty when the light bounced off it.  Plus at 87 cents for 200 feet I knew I would have enough.

I had some maple plywood left over from a shelf I had put into a cupboard (this panel type of plywood has a much nicer finish than construction grade plywood.)  To give it a more finished look I applied a coat of clear satin poly.
Polyurethane on PlywoodNext I cut three hearts out of some of the kids' old homework sheets and used them to form the shamrock shape.  I decided to do three hearts instead of a connected shamrock outline because I had seen other string art hearts filled with a deliberate ‘design' before (Brittany's is one that comes to mind) and I liked the way that looked (vs. random string work.)Paper heart template for shamrock
I taped down the hearts and hammered in the nails around the outside.
Nailing for String artWhen I was finished I tore out the paper and I was ready to begin. Nails for string artThe pattern is actually really straight forward.   I started in the center and worked my way towards the outside always coming back to the nail in the cleft of the heart.  Once that nail was full I moved to the one next to it and continued to work towards the outside.  That is how you end up with the “sunburst’ look.
String art shamrockWhen I had filled in the hearts I added the stem and the entire shamrock was complete:
St Patricks Day String ArtI think it looks really cool.  I definitely like the deliberate pattern vs. the haphazard filling method. String art st patricks dayAnd it was a relatively simple (albeit tedious) process.  It probably took me about 45 minutes to do all the nailing and another 30 or so to run the string through.  But it was easy enough that I just did it in front of the TV.
Shamrock heart string art
I like how it came out.. My total investment was under $5.  Which is a great deal considering what it would cost you to buy itString and nail shamrock

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