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I've seen a few string art maps recently that I thought were adorable and wanted to make a string art map of California that really showcased my love of the Bay Area.  Plus I haven't done string art since I was a kid!  This seemed like the perfect reason to revisit a fun craft.   I heart string art!

Step 1: Materials

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You'll need to gather:

A map of the area you want to immortalize in string
String
Nails
Hammer
Board 
Paint (optional)

It's all pretty obvious, really.
 
scooter763 years ago
Very cool. Made this for a shark loving friend. Thanks for the great Instructable
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scoochmaroo (author)  scooter763 years ago
Awesome! 3-mo PRO for you!
I've only ever done one string art project before this but this looked so cool that I had to try it. I had a bunch of nails left over from my first project so they came in handy. Since they were so small I used a pair of needle nose pliers to hold them in place which worked out really well. Thanks for the cool project :)
I did Florida
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scoochmaroo (author)  colavita.girl3 years ago
3-mo Pro for you!
I didn't have a board big enough to do my country (Scotland) so I tried these two first.
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scoochmaroo (author)  The Science Guy3 years ago
Adorable. I love them!
Padstar3 years ago
I tried something similar with what i had lying around. i know they are not perfect but the next few will be better (hopefully buy some nails)
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scoochmaroo (author)  Padstar3 years ago
Amazing!!!
mlduffy16 days ago

Going to do this with some students this year! Thanks!

2ashley94 months ago

Very nice, did you just use one length of string or did you cut and tie it off after every few nails?

pkratsdau8 months ago

May I suggest using a comb and placing a nail in every or every other ( whichever you prefer ) space. The comb will help hold the nail in place so you don't hit your thumb ect... when nailing, and you can space the nails as close or as far as you like.

Damutsch9 months ago

Awesome project, I was going to make a map of Düsseldorf, Germany, but it turned out way to complicated so i made the skyline over the Rhein instead! I used some floor panels that I had left over, stained and glued them together!

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violingirl made it!11 months ago

Here's mine of Wyoming. It was a birthday gift.

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Nousie2 years ago
Thank you for this instructable! It was really fun to do. I made this as a Valentine's gift for my boyfriend, it's Curacao (where he's from).
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scoochmaroo (author)  Nousie2 years ago
Gorgeous, I love it! 3-mo PRO for you!
i do love my California..looks awesome
Amazing!!
Padstar3 years ago
Question, did everyone use one length of string? i did....not sure if it was the best thing to do.
scoochmaroo (author)  Padstar3 years ago
I did for the second round of stringing. I think it was better for me because the string I was using was really heavy and the knots where I had to tie it off were visible.
Terranan3 years ago
oooh! Looks nice!

What if u took major cities, put nails where those would be, and have the string hit that so you see where the city is? Would that work?
You'll love it, great fun to play with different routes. i was going to do that myself but with screws it didnt work. Nails next time and thinner string
leeski3 years ago
This project is bringin on some inspiration as something I cna do with my son. talk about enless possibilities. star wars x-wing fighter or maybe black string to make darth vader.....
scoochmaroo (author)  leeski3 years ago
Fantastic!
I think I'll be needing to make one of these in the shape of Kentucky. :D
I think I will be doing the exact same thing. :)
lmnopeas3 years ago
Really cool! I love the detail with the heart.
angelabchua3 years ago
i LOVE THIS!
Cool! Can we have a maps challenge sometime?
this is so great! Good job!!!
BLUEBLOBS23 years ago
Awesome! I might have to try this sometime.
-BLUEBLOBS2