Make a Circle Out of Squares?




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Introduction: Make a Circle Out of Squares?

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Build a square wooden frame with nails all around. Tie string round the nails and repeat until all nails are used. You should be left with a cool circle shape and a nice piece of art for very little cost

Step 1: Wanna Make Some "art" for Very Little Cost.

Finished project should look like this!

Step 2: Materials

You'll need:
4 pieces of wood (pref the same length - if you want a square)
8 large screws
A box of flat head nails
Some twine (a big ball of it)

You'll need the following tools:

Step 3: Build the Frame

Nice and easy:

Screw the screws into the wooden frame at right angles as shown in the diagram.

Step 4: Add the Nails

Add an equal number of nails to each side (I nailed them along the facing edge so they protroud slightly - You'll need a good 1cm or so not embedded in the wood - probably need fairly long nails to get a firm hold)

You should aim to space them out fairly evenly (my drawing is no that even).

Step 5: Start Tying

As you can see I've added nails all round the frame.

Next begin by tying the twine or string to the first nail in the upper left hand corner, next loop it round the upper right hand nail, then to the bottom right nail, then to the lower left nail (you should have a square shape - slightly off centre of the main frame - this is indicated by the red dots).

Next repeat the process but use the next nail to the ones in the original process (represented by the green dots) - but remember you can just continue to loop from one nail to the other rather than cutting the twine and retying. You should aim to only have two "ends" to the twine (basically using one long piece rather than lots of shorter bits).

I looped the twine round the nails a couple of times to give a firm grip.

Repeat until all nails have a loop of twine round them. Now cut the twine and tie it off at the last nail.

Step 6: Finsihed Article 1 - Detail

You should now have a finished article.

Here is a shot of the corner mine:

Step 7: Finished Article 2 - Detail

Further detail of mine.

All you need now is to mount it and admire.

Someone asked how I was going to paint the twine? Simple answer is I'm not but I guess you could. Give it a go!

Why not try:
a rectangular frame?
different coloured/types of twine?
3,5,6 or more sided frames?
add nails around a window frame and tie the twine, giving you an awesome window decoration!
Multiple frames?
Tie twine on both sides?
Combine this design with a picture frame?



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    this would make an interesting picture frame.

    Nice Instructable! "Bright Finished Nails" work much better, and instead of making a frame, you could buy 3/4 inch plywood, and nail 1-1/4 inch "Bright Finished Nails" into it 1/2 cm apart. Trust me, this works much better. To make your art stand out even more, make a Tessellation Pattern on the plywood before nailing (using complimentary Colours), and make blueprints and make 2 copies of the blueprints, drawn to scale size. That way, you could nail your nails right onto the blueprints without any more measuring! Rip off the nailed paper afterward, throw out, and use the other copy for guidance. Also, use "Embroidery Thread" for yarn, it looks MUCH more colourful, professional, pretty, and if you purchase higher-grade embroidery thread 100% cotton, it will last a LONG LONG time. I did this in Grade 7 before to make an abstract animal face (A Very Long Time Ago) and it's still here! The string is like it's new, and the nails are not rusty! One more tip: Paint the tops of the nails the same colour as the thread threaded through it, otherwise you will have silver dots everywhere. This is my string art from Grade 7: If I were to do this again, I would certainly fill in the entire background of the animal, otherwise it would look kind of transparent.

    My Abstract Tiger,Snake,Gorilla Line Art for 7V.JPG

    Line art is this type of art, with a curve representing a Bezier Curve on a 2-dimensional plane without the use of string or nails. Usually on a piece of paper, drawn with pencil or pen.

    It looks like it would be a cool picture frame.

    i would always write programs on my TI-83 to make patterns like that...pretty cool!

    I made artwork similar to this when I was in school, forgot what its called, but its pretty cool. Mine is more star shaped.

    at my dive instructor's house he had one that his sister made of an owl on a branch

    I would sometimes draw these, but yours looks much better. It might also work as the face of a wall clock. Great execution and descriptions!

    That's cool! kinda' like an inside out 'God's Eye' as I remember them being called. Totally Geometric Dude!

    <G> Back in my day, we called it 'string art' (, and used different colours of thread or wire, like this ( or this ( I remember making my mom a rather complicated one out of gold and silver wire on black velvet. <HAPPY_SIGH> Ah, good times.

    BTW, finishing nails work better.