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    DIY Anchor String Art #PRINCEofPEACE

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    When I was a girl, I liked to help my grandpa out in his workshop. To keep me from getting under foot, he used to give me pieces of scrap wood, a hammer, nails, and rubber bands. He taught me to hammer the nails into the wood, then showed me how to use the rubber bands to make shapes and letters. I thought it I was the greatest helper!

    While brainstorming ideas for a DIY project based on Hope for Mormon.org’s #PRINCEofPEACE, the rubber band art popped in my head and the rest is history. I looked through my pile of scrap wood, pulled out some nails, and set to work.

    DIY anchor string art inspired by Hebrews 6:19 #PRINCEofPEACE | Gypsy Magpie

    DIY Anchor String Art

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    • 1×8 board cut to 12 1/2″ length
    • 1×2 board cut 2 pieces at 12 1/2″ and 2 pieces at 8 3/4″
    • sandpaper
    • stain & rags
    • paintbrush
    • white paint
    • black paint/tiny paintbrush, Sharpie, or cut vinyl
    • printed anchor pattern
    • hammer
    • wire nails (I used 1 x 16 from my local hardware store)
    • baker’s twine, embroidery floss, or string
    • hot glue
    • wood glue
    • brad nailer or small finishing nails
    • sawtooth picture hanger or Command Strips

    Pattern for DIY Anchor String Art | Gypsy Magpie

    Download Free Printable String Art Pattern HERE


    Cut boards and sand smooth

    Stain to desired color (leaving the front of large board unstained)

    Creating DIY Anchor String Art | Gypsy Magpie

    Paint front of large board and let dry

    Print anchor pattern

    Create DIY string art using a pattern, baker's twine, and wire nails! | Gypsy Magpie

    Nail around anchor pattern, spacing nails about 1/2″ apart

    Rip off pattern: use a pair of tweezers to pull off any bits of paper that may be stuck

    Creating string art | Gypsy Magpie

    Knot off twine onto nail: Make sure to tie the knot on an inside area so that it will be hidden from view in the finished project. Also, I found it helped to add a dab of hot glue to hold the knot nice and tight.When starting string art, tie off the string in an inside area to keep the knot out of view | Gypsy Magpie

    Wind twine around nails to create desired effect: I skipped every other nail and then caught those nails on the way back around the pattern. There is no wrong way, just play with the twine until you get the effect you want.

    Tie off end of twine: Add a dab of hot glue then tuck the knot into the string art to hide

    String art is so fun! Come see how to make this DIY anchor string art over at Gypsy Magpie! | Gypsy Magpie

    Paint or write scripture: Learn from my oopsie! Add your scripture BEFORE putting on your frame. Duh. I obviously wasn’t thinking the process through, was I? Haha! Anyway, don’t do that. Add your scripture or saying and then put on the frame.

    Add a small bit of glue then brad nail on the frame for your DIY string art | Gypsy Magpie

    Glue and nail on long frame pieces along the outside, then glue and nail on short pieces across the top and bottom of the sign

    Add sawtooth hanger or Command Strips to the back of the sign and hang

    DIY Anchor String Art #PRINCEofPEACE | Gypsy Magpie

    Tips and Tricks:

    If you do stain the front of your board, spray it with shellac or a top coat to seal the stain so it doesn’t bleed through your white paint.

    If you are having trouble while nailing the anchor shape, use a pair of needle nose pliers to hold the nail while you are hammering in tight, tricky spots.

    You may have to play with the twine a bit until you find a pattern you like. Like I said above, there is no wrong way so don’t stress. Make it unique and totally you. If you have to unwind it and start fresh, no big deal.

    If you want a professional look, make a vinyl stencil to paint on your scripture. It’s your string art, do what makes you happy. I made this project for someone special, so I wanted it to have my handwriting. It’s not perfect, actually, it’s crooked, but she won’t care.

    This DIY anchor string art was inspired by Hebrews 6:19 and the story of a grandpa's hope for his POW brother | Gypsy Magpie

    Anchored to Hope

    Keep in mind, this project does take some time, but it turns out so cute. Maybe I loved it so much because it reminded me of the old Sailor’s workshop and my hours spent creating with rubber bands. Isn’t it funny how the little things one day become the big things? I’m grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to focus on hope this Easter season, it’s given me so much to think about. Grandpa and I were both so stubborn. He ran a tight ship and I always marched to my own drum. Sometimes it’s easy to remember the hard, but working on these posts helped me find a sweet peace with his memory. It reminded me of the good times that often get pushed aside or forgotten.

    I have been reminded where to put my anchor… I choose hope, just like he did.

    Please visit Mormon.org for more on the #PRINCEofPEACE.
    And for activities, games, lesson plans, projects, and DIYs focused on this Easter Initiative,
    check out The Red Headed Hostess!

    Heartfelt and hopeful DIY string art #PRINCEofPEACE | Gypsy Magpie




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  • Shelley Kromschroeder
    26 August 2022

    Hi! I love this project, and I am planning to have a 5th&6th grade classroom make them. Could you give me an approximate amount of twine/string needed to make one completed anchor?

    • Missy
      9 September 2022

      Hi Shelley! That’s such a fun school project! I am not sure how much twine I used. I really should have measured that and added it to the post, but I just had a big spool of baker’s twine and made it up as I went. I gave the string art as gifts so I don’t even have one to measure off of. I’m so sorry. I wish you and your 5th/6th graders all the best!