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Pumpkin Nail and String Project

Pumpkin Nail and String DIY Project

Not only is fall one of my favorite times of the year, I also love to craft. So I decided to make a pumpkin nail and string art project!

I will link the products I used below as well as the step by step directions in a more condensed fashion. Enjoy! 

Nail and string projects are probably my favorite right now. They are so easy to do and always turn out looking amazing! 

First I started at The Home Depot. I purchased a piece of white wood; you can pick any size you want. I then had the nice gentlemen there cut it down for me. In case you didn’t know, they will do this for FREE! 

Once I got home I sanded down the wood to remove the jagged edges. 

Painting

I then white washed the wood using a little white paint mixed with water. You can really use whichever white paint you have on hand. 

Start by adding one part water to two parts paint, and test the wash on the back before working directly on your surface. If you want to see more wood grain, continue to add water. You’ll notice that the wash gets lighter. 

Simply brush on the wash a section at a time and then wipe it off with a cloth. 

Designing the pumpkin 

Once the wash was dry (you can use a hair dryer to speed up the process), I hand drew a pumpkin on a piece of paper and cut it out. If you don’t feel that your pumpkin drawing skills are up for the job feel free to find your favorite shape online and print it out.

I then traced the outside and painted the inside of the pumpkin with the color orange. I did not use the wash method with the orange because I wanted it to cover the wood and be bright. I then sanded the pumpkin down just a bit to make it look more rustic. 

Now the FUN part! Hammering! 

Place the drawn pumpkin back over the painted pumpkin and tape it down. Proceed to start nailing tiny little nails into the outer edge of where you want to add the string. In this project I only wanted to do the cutouts. Another fun version would be to paint the cut outs rather than the pumpkin and fill the pumpkin with string instead! 

A little TIP: When hammering the nails have a set of needle nose pliers on hand. The nails are very small and you want to save your fingers! Use the pliers to hold the nails instead of your fingers. 

Once you have all your nails in place give them a final tap with the hammer to ensure that they are secure! CAREFULLY remove the paper. You want to make sure the nails stay intact and that you don’t pull them out when you are removing the paper. If you do, don’t freak out! Just tap those suckers back in there! 

Next you move on to the string!

Tie the string to one of the nails and proceed to move from nail to nail in no particular order. Zig zag, go across, wrap around! Go with whatever looks good to you! You can do more sting, or less depending on your taste. 

In the end you will end up with something like this… 

 

To make thing a little easier to read and follow I will be recapping all the directions with no pictures below! 

Happy Crafting! 


Condensed Directions

  1. First I started at The Home Depot. I purchased a piece of white wood; you can pick any size you want. I then had the nice gentlemen there cut it down for me! In case you didn’t know, they will do this for FREE! 
  2. Once I got home I sanded down the wood to remove the jagged edges. 
  3. I then white washed the wood using a little white paint mixed with water. You can really use whichever white paint you have on hand. 
  4. Start by adding one part water to two parts paint, and test the wash on the back before working directly on your surface. If you want to see more wood grain, continue to add water. You’ll notice that the wash gets lighter. 
  5. Simply brush on the wash a section at a time and then wipe it off with a cloth. 
  6. Once the wash was dry (you can use a hair dryer to speedup the process), I hand drew a pumpkin on a piece of paper and cut it out. If you don’t feel that your pumpkin drawing skills are up for the job feel free to find your favorite shape online and print it out! 
  7. I then traced the outside and painted the inside of the pumpkin with the color orange. I did not use the wash method with the orange because I wanted it to cover the wood and be bright. I then sanded the pumpkin down just a bit to make it look more rustic. 
  8. Now the FUN part! Hammering! 
  9. Place the drawn pumpkin back over the painted pumpkin and tape it down. Proceed to start nailing tiny little nails into the outer edge of where you want to add the string. In this project I only wanted to do the cutouts. Another fun version would be to paint the cut outs rather than the pumpkin and fill the pumpkin with string instead! 
  10. A little TIP: When hammering the nails have a set of needle nose pliers on hand. The nails are very small and you want to save your fingers! Use the pliers to hold the nails instead of your fingers. 
  11. Once you have all your nails in place give them a final tap with the hammer to ensure that they are secure! CAREFULLY remove the paper. You want to make sure the nails stay intact and that you don’t pull them out when you are removing the paper. If you do, don’t freak out! Just tap those suckers back in there! 
  12. Next you move on to the string! Tie the string to one of the nails and proceed to move from nail to nail in no particular order. Zig zag, go across, wrap around! Go with whatever looks good to you! You can do more sting, or less, depending on your taste! 

Purchase Links 

String: http://amzn.to/2z1wFw0

Nails: http://amzn.to/2z0OdIA

Orange Paint: http://amzn.to/2fUwD42

White Paint: http://amzn.to/2y3tYMq 

 

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