String and Nail Art `World Map´




About: Heya, I'm Helen and I love to make and learn how to do stuff.

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

Step 1: What You Need

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

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

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

Step 4: Outline

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

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

There you go - Sting Nail Art `World Map´

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    Question 4 months ago on Step 5

    How did you remove that paper by tweezer? I don't know how it is possible..

    1 answer
    He Se JirkaP5

    Reply 3 months ago

    I used tweezers with fairly sharp ends. I tried to rip it off by hand or cut it with a really small scissor but non of that worked. It takes a long time to get every bit of paper off the wood and inbetween the nails. You need to be patient and try to remove it in little bits at a time. I hope that helps. This was one of the most time consuming steps (which I didn´t think at first)

    Danesh S

    5 months ago

    hi it looks incredible!! i am inspired to make the same thanks to you.. what were the dimensions of the wood you used? i saw you mentioned 60X40 cm it looks a bit bigger so i thought i would just confirm..

    1 reply
    He Se Danesh S

    Reply 5 months ago

    Thanks :) I used 60x40cm (15.7x23.6 inch) but you could use a larger piece of wood if you like. You could double the size of the wood to have more space around the map or scale up the map (if you have a copy/scanning machine) or the other way around, depending on where you want to put it. I think it´s just the photo that makes it seem bigger than it actually is. I would love to see your finished art! Have a great time with this project


    1 year ago

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

    1 reply
    He Se XuJ

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you :)


    3 years ago

    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...

    3 replies

    Reply 3 years ago

    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 germap

    Reply 3 years ago

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

    germapHe Se

    Reply 3 years ago

    That's great! Thanks for the instructable!