Deck Out My Deck: nail and string art


Since my deck furniture has had a makeover (check out my chairs and side table), it is time to ACCESSORIZE. Yay!

I love spending time outdoors. I love sunshine, blue skies, and fresh air. I wanted to make an accessory to remind me to take a deep breath and enjoy my time outside with my family. I did it with one simple word…. air.

I decided to try my hand (and hammer) at nail and string art… and I love how it turned out.

I started out at my computer. I picked out a font (you can download it here), opened up illustrator and typed “air” with 700 pt letters. Then I dashed the line using 3pt dashes and 20pt gaps. I hit print and had a template.air-01

I got a wooden plaque at the craft store, a box of nails at Lowes and a hammer out of AMGP’s tool box. 

before nail and string

Stop. Hammer time. 

nailing string art

I ended up not quite using my template exactly, since some of the dots are really close together. I learned to hammer carefully and be sure to only hit one nail at a time. If not, you will bend a nail. And let me tell you, it is hard to pull a nail out of the middle of all the other nails. I had to get a pair of pliers.

all nailed up

Once all my nails were in, I ripped off the paper template and got to stringing. I used size 10 crochet thread. I seemed like the Goldilocks of threads… yarn would be to think, sewing thread would be to thin, and embroidery floss would be too difficult to deal with. I went around the border of the letters first and then filled them with no particular pattern. A couple knots and she was done.

air string and nail art

My nail and string art is just a breath of fresh air, don’t ya think?

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  1. Kara @ Simplistically Sassy

    says on May 25, 2013

    I love this! What a fun idea.

    1. Laura

      says on May 27, 2013

      Thanks Kara! I love it too. It is kinda unexpected outside, but it looks great!

  2. Palisades

    says on May 28, 2013

    What kind (and size) nails did you use?

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  4. CC

    says on May 29, 2013

    Love to see this back “in”. Like your choice of words, too.

    1. Laura

      says on June 2, 2013

      Thanks CC! I didn’t realize that nail and string art was either “in” or “out”, but I would rather be in than out!! Glad you stopped by.

  5. Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    says on May 31, 2013

    I love the power of one carefully chosen word, and “air” is so fitting for your outdoor space. This is truly such an eye-catching piece of art. Brava, Laura!

    1. Laura

      says on June 2, 2013

      I love the power of an amazing well-worded comment. Thanks for leaving them time after time.

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  8. Rebekah

    says on July 23, 2013

    What size nails did you use??

    1. Laura

      says on July 24, 2013

      Hi Rebekah. I honestly didn’t pay any attention to the size, and the rest are packed away at the moment. I don’t think that the size really matters at all, but I would choose a finishing nail or other nail with a small head. Also, I used coated nails with some iron in them, and that was a mistake. If you are going to display the nail and string art outside, be sure to get stainless steel nails. I hope that helps with your nail selection! Thanks for your question.

  9. emine

    says on September 27, 2013

    We are a few women making and selling similar nail and string art pieces .Trying to be more professional We use metal strings instead .

    Would you check our site ? Thank you .

    1. Laura

      says on September 28, 2013

      Oh my gosh, Emine… your artwork is stunning. I wish you the best of luck in your endeavor.

  10. emine

    says on September 27, 2013

    our web is,

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