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I've been seeing tons of string art popping up all over the web and decided to try my hand at a piece of my own.  I really didn't want to mess with hammers and cutting wood and all that though, so I used cork board instead.  Easy to work with, light weight and cheap!  What's not to love?
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Step 1: Here's what you'll need:

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You can find all the supplies for this project by visiting your local craft store & hardware store.  I had a huge stockpile of embroidery floss so this project was a perfect way to use some of it up. 

Corkboard rolls
Linoleum Nails
3M Hanging Strips

Step 2: Flatten your cork & glue it together

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{Before I started this project, I unrolled the cork boards and placed a bunch of heavy books on them to straighten them out a bit.  I left them like this for a day.}

Each piece of cork board is only about 1/32" thick - definitely not enough to hold a nail stable.  So I stacked three together.  Use your glue gun to glue them together.  Put them back under some heavy books for an hour or so so allow to dry completely.

Step 3: Create your word template

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You can download my template for the word "dream" here. The "d" and the "m" will print in two parts on two different sheets.  Cut them all out and assemble into a single word using some Scotch tape.  It should look like this when you're done.

{NOTE:  If you're interested in creating a different word, I shared the font used for this project here.}

Reinforce the spaces between the "e" and "a" and "m" with some additional tape.  That will make the entire template more stable to work with.   Don't worry about cutting out the inside of the "d", "e" and "a".  Not necessary!
Rerezhang9 days ago
So the cork that i bought i very thing do you think it will work or will i need to put another layer of cork underneath

Quick question, what was your approximate spacing for the nails? 1/2"? 1/4"? Thanks!

kimikimicat. made it!1 month ago

Thanks for the pattern! This was my first try doing string art. I resized the lettering in PowerPoint so that it would fit into a 11 x 14 frame. I used a shadow box frame and black foam board instead of cork. I used two layers of the foam board and used spray adhesive to glue them together. Since this one is much smaller that the original, I only needed one box of nails. My total cost (including frame) was about $15. My daughter LOVES IT!!!

zootalaws8 months ago

*duct tape, not duck tape... ducks don't like it, ducts love it.

duck tape is a brand of duct tape. It comes in lots of different styles including Minions!

abbiecd zootalaws7 months ago

Duck is the brand so Duck Tape is actually correct. :)

StJost abbiecd5 months ago

But only if you're using Duck Brand duct tape.

taco lover2 months ago

this is so cool im totally going to try this! TACOS!

i would skip the duct tape and use fabric instead of paint.

pkratsdau3 months ago

The "string" you used comes in strands that have 6 other individual strands, how many do you use? Just one strand of 6, or do you separate them into two's ?

honeyandfitz (author)  pkratsdau3 months ago
A full strand of 6!

I have a membership and I tried printing your template but all that came out were large blobs of ink that had no definition on the paper. I am very frustrated because I spent a lot of time on the other steps only to not be able to print out a usable template at all. It previews the same way, I tried several times. I don't know how to fix it. Please help!

I am having the exact same problem! Have you found a solution yet, because I can't figure it out....

ChloeYY11 months ago

The idea is awesome! But I want to ask if I doesn't have linoleum nails, what can I use instead?

momo19121 year ago
I put my own twist on it but thank you so much for the inspiration!
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swainright1 year ago
Instead of cork, I used foam board. Took a little bit more effort with getting the nails in place but the cost was cut in half. But great idea all in all. Thanks for sharing :D
paneer651 year ago
your instructions are soooo good and clear! thanks!
agguilar1 year ago
awesome work!!!
I thoug it looked cool ,too!
This is so adorable! I have pinned this, I want to do something similar. The possibilities are endless, Snaps to you!!! This project came out AMAZING!!! Great job! Roofers In Fife
PinkPalm402 years ago
I love this idea! How did you get your letters to print out on multiple pages?
Two ways you can do this:

Using Microsoft word:
Simply decide the size of the letters you'd like
Use the Word Art insert
Place "DRE."
Then separately "AM" on a separate page
Make sure the dimensions are even
Tape the letters together!

Using Paint's Text box:
Make the "frame" of the canvas as large as you need for your letters.
Make the letters as big as you'd like!
Go into File. Print. Page Set up.
Look for "Fit to |1| x |1| page
Change it as needed
Always print preview!!

l8nite2 years ago
very pretty! I've done string art in the past and driving all those nails was the WORST but now that you've mentioned corkboard and Im staring at sheets of packing styrofoam... I may need to consider this a bit !
leasho2 years ago
awesome rainbow effect with the string!
Browncoat2 years ago
LOVE the rainbow coloring! This is probably cheaper if you use wood instead of cork, but more work if you use wood instead of cork. It's a great idea for those w/extra money to spend!
ChrysN2 years ago
Gorgeous! I love that you used a rainbow of colours
mikeasaurus2 years ago
Wow, this looks great!
That is just beautiful! I love that you chose to do a rainbow spectrum! I think it works wonderfully with your choice of "dream." And it does look like it would be very soothing to work on :)