String Butterfly ( String - Nail Art )




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Do you want a create a masterpiece ?

You can create custom art for your home with tools and materials that are available at just about any hardware store. Whatever we do, the result of this project will be something intriguing and pleasing to the eye.

Step 1: Preparations

You'll need:

- Plywood

- Cloth

- Hammer

- Nails

- String & Paint

- Scissor

- Paper & Pencil

Optional but Recommended:

- Pin holder

Note: If you don't wish to use plywood, you can use cork board (make sure you stick enough of them together to make them thick).

Step 2: Get Your Stuff Ready

Place the cloth around plywood. Make sure there is no crease left.

Have some padding at the corners of the plywood. Why? We'll discuss it later.

Also get your nails colored in paint (Color of your wish). Leave them for some time so they are dry enough.

Step 3: Sketch

Create a sketch of the art and fix it on your board. Make sure it's centered.

"To create something wonderful, your mindset must be relentlessly focused on the detail"

- Giorgio Armani.

Mark the dots at equal intervals on each wing and part of the butterfly (I've taken 20 points as can be seen in 3 diagram). These dots represent the place of your nails. A good alignment of the nails would give a wonderful design.

Step 4: Fix the Nails

Fix the nails. Make sure they are firmly stuck in.

Here, you can use the pin holder, as to avoid getting hurt in the process and obviously to get better results.

After fixing everything up, remove the paper.

Step 5: String Art 1

Start from one end.

Make a loop in your string and attach it.Now move from one end to another making another loop before moving on to third.

Do this continuously from pin1 to pin 20 ( in my case )and you'll have something like figure 1 above.

On doing this for all four loops in upper wing 1 you'll get figure 2 & 3.

( Figure 3 was as perfect as I could go)

Note : When you're finished, knot the string to a nail.
It'll probably make most sense if you can knot it in a corner. Then, cut off the string as close to the knot as possible and once more, secure it with a dab of glue.

Step 6: String Art 2

The Middle and Bottom part of wings along with body have almost same creation.


Start with 1 nail and move to center nail making a loop.

After doing this for all parts of middle wing you'll get something like figure 1.


2 nails are present here.Loop them up till they seem great.

The other part present should be done like we did in upper wing.


Loop the body like in middle part.

Figure 3 is illustrates this.

Step 7: Replicate

Replicate the work of 1 half into second.

You'll now have a complete butterfly as shown in Figure 2.

Note: There will be some parts which seem off. Don't despair, it's hand made so can have some variation.

Step 8: Finishing Touch

Frame it, else dust would get accumulated and soon it will lack the intensity it now has.

Before framing, pad the corners of the plywood. This is to ensure that the polythene used to cover it doesn't get torn off.

Note : I have taken photos both in light and in dark ( just for illustration purpose ).

Step 9: The Moment of Utmost Happiness : It's Delightful

Here's your final product. Hang it, assemble it or give it away. This works perfect for everything.

If you have anything to add, please let me know and I'll update this Instructable as necessary.

Hope you have fun with your new masterpiece! It's not easy, but definitely worth it.

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    2 years ago

    Wow !! Just Wow !! This is awesome !!
    Voted right away :)

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    2 years ago

    This is cool !! And probably the best piece of string art instructable I have ever seen !!
    Keep going :)

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    Reply 2 years ago

    Thank you for kind words.
    I really appreciate it !!


    2 years ago

    Awesome !! This really catches viewer's eye. I had a few questions though.

    How much time did it take ? Are there any future plans of selling this art as I am not much good with doing such things ?

    Great masterpiece and you have my vote too :)

    Best of luck .

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    Reply 2 years ago

    Thank you very much !!

    It took around 5-6 days, but it is totally worth it !!

    I am not thinking of selling this kind of art pieces for now. Let's see.


    2 years ago

    wonderful project , try different colors if possible.
    you have my vote ,best of luck for string contest.

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    Reply 2 years ago

    Thank you very much !! I really appreciate that :)