Introduction: String and Nail Art `World Map´

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This is my version of a Nail and String Art ´World Map`.

Step 1: What You Need

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Here is what you need for this world map:

- plywood (or any other wood) (make sure that it is at least 1 cm thick)

- string

- nails

- hammer

*I used 200gr of nails, 200m string and a piece of wood (about 40*60 cm)

Step 2: Find a Motif and Fix It

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Find a motif and print it out. You can use a map from the store but I guess it´s cheaper to just print it out and adjust it to size of your piece of wood.

Tape the sheets together and fix them to the plywood. Make sure it is centered.

Step 3: Nail It

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Now hammer the nails to the outlines of your motive. Leave about 1 cm between each nail.

Step 4: Outline

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Knot one end of your string to one of the nails and outline the whole motive. Make sure that you wrap the string around each nail to make sure that the string will not flip of the nails. Make a knot at the end.

When you make a world, outline each continent and island by itself.

Once the outlining is done remove the paper. I used a tweezer for that. It takes propably the most time, next to the hammering.

Step 5: String Chaos

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When you have outlined the motive you can beging to make a string chaos.

I did not have a specific pattern that I followed. I just started at one point and stopped when I thought it was good.

You could use different colours, depending on your motive and taste.

Step 6: There You Go

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There you go - Sting Nail Art `World Map´


XuJ (author)2017-07-31

Awesome! it's the most beautiful world map I've ever seen!

He Se (author)XuJ2017-08-01

Thank you :)

Brianlynch2 (author)2016-10-29

great idea

He Se (author)Brianlynch22016-10-31

Thank you :)

Jedi_zombie85 (author)2016-08-03

This looks so good

He Se (author)Jedi_zombie852016-08-05

Thank you!

ScottD65 (author)2016-04-21

Kudos for not using the Mercator projection!

I saw a picture of the "World Islands" in Dubai recently and I was like "really?". They made Greenland almost as big as Africa. Shame...

germap (author)ScottD652016-05-06

I also liked the projection employed for this piece of art. I'd like to think it was on purpose, but could've been just by chance... :D

He Se (author)germap2016-05-07

I choose it on purpose :D I had the other map printed out but it looked strange so I choose this one.

germap (author)He Se 2016-05-07

That's great! Thanks for the instructable!

watchmeflyy (author)2016-04-28

Beautiful job. :)

He Se (author)watchmeflyy2016-05-02


Meglymoo87 (author)2016-04-29

Nice! :)

He Se (author)Meglymoo872016-05-02

Thank you

kart15 (author)2016-05-01

amazing idea haaa!! :)

He Se (author)kart152016-05-02


Logan302 (author)2016-04-28

Great job, How long did this take you. Thanks for sharing

He Se (author)Logan3022016-04-28

Thanks, it took me three days, about 15 to 18 hours in total.

fraser02 (author)2016-04-26

That is awesome, amazing work.

And yeah, you've definitely got my vote too.

He Se (author)fraser022016-04-27

Thank you!

fs woodworking (author)2016-04-21

This is awesome. Good luck with the contest. You have my vote.

He Se (author)fs woodworking2016-04-23

Thanks, I really appreciate that!

futuredoc (author)2016-04-21

Wow.. Out of all the insructables, this one really caught my attention!!!

He Se (author)futuredoc2016-04-23

I am really happy to read that. Thank you!

HanNeleM (author)2016-04-23

Abfab ! I' ll do this later. Now I don't have the strength due to my illness.

DEEJAY642 (author)2016-04-21

sooooooooo cool!!!!!!!! I did this in grade 3!!!!! I have to try this!!! thanks heaps for sharing!!

He Se (author)DEEJAY6422016-04-22

Your welcome

NiallK86 (author)2016-04-19

Hi He Se, nice instructable you made there, quick question, where did you find the outline if the world to print out?

jyjyok (author)NiallK862016-04-21

I found the map on google images and I found it. This is the link:

He Se (author)jyjyok2016-04-22

That was the one I used :)

He Se (author)NiallK862016-04-20

I googled ´worldmap´ and printed the one that I liked the most :)

JonathonG (author)2016-04-21

This is so cool. Can I use this on any image I want or is there some images that don't work?

He Se (author)JonathonG2016-04-22

Yes you can use any image, depending on the image it takes more time. A simple shape will be a lot quicker than this worldmap.

adnileam (author)2016-04-21

I love your idea with the world map. Years ago, I made Christmas decorations with my kids by using the same idea except I used straight pins on a sheet of foam. After stringing was completed, we painted on water based glue and sprinkled it with glitter. After it dried on the board, we just pulled out the pins and hung up the decos. I think this method would work with your project ad you could hang it on a wall without any board!

HariFun (author)adnileam2016-04-21

I've always wanted to make string art without the backing or if possible without the nails/pins in the finished project. What type of foam should I use? How did you prevent the string and pins from being stuck on the foam? Do you have any thoughts on how to remove the pins and having just the stiffened string as the finished project?

Eh Lie Us! (author)2016-04-21

Great job! nailed it.

Sorry, I couldn't resist.

futuredoc (author)Eh Lie Us!2016-04-21

? Puns ?

jyjyok (author)Eh Lie Us!2016-04-21

Those puns though... :)

He Se (author)Eh Lie Us!2016-04-21

Thank you! :D

tazmo8448 (author)2016-04-21

now that is cool as all get out...

Pothuset (author)2016-04-21

Very good idea.

Yoruk (author)2016-04-21

Beautiful !

He Se (author)Yoruk2016-04-21


nanaverm (author)2016-04-21

Do you leave the paper on for the wrap around so that you aren't confused by the nails?

Inspiring instructable! The word you want is motif - motive means underlying purpose or reason.

He Se (author)nanaverm2016-04-21

Yes, I left the paper there until I had outlined all continents and islands. After that I removed it.

JMStorm (author)2016-04-20

nice one

I am making a similar one i hope you don,t mind you inspired me and i got the idea myself

great work though

He Se (author)JMStorm2016-04-21

You should really do this, it takes some time efford but it is worth it!

YourMagesty (author)2016-04-20

Exceptional work, great visual in our global, interconnected world! An impressive indication of patience in your precisely placed nails and controlled chaos. May I ask how long this took you to complete from first nail to final knot? Thank you for sharing your art with us!

He Se (author)YourMagesty2016-04-21

Thank you! It took me 3 days about 15-18 hours :)

jyjyok (author)2016-04-19

Great idea, but how do you remove the paper again?

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