So I found Curiously Wrought's work through her Etsy on Pinterest the other day--how cute are these?!
Click through the link below to check out my step-by-step tutorial:
So although mine isn't PERFECT like hers are, I seriously love how it came out! I chose to go with an orange backdrop keeping the Grand Canyon in mind and how much I love those vibrant, orange sunsets!
Which of the states would you make?
First you will want to prep the wood however you want--I wanted a nice, burnt orange to represent my love for Arizona! If you've ever been to the Grand Canyon, you know what I am thinking!
Once your wood is prepped, grab the outline you want to do on a piece of paper.
Lay the paper down on top of the wood, and consider taping it down to keep it from moving.
Then using a (very) sharpened pencil, drag your pencil along the outline you want to imprint onto the wood! It's very important that the pencil sharp, so you can not only ensure it goes through but also so the line is as small enough so it won't show as much when you lay the nails down.
Once you are pleased with your outline, grab your hammer and nails and go to town!
Here is my finished AZ look! You can even leave it like this--I think this looks cute as is!
So in order to achieve the look of the photos, you want to use fine thread to weave in and out and between the nails and the center nails. This will give the web-like effect that looks so good! I would recommend listening to music while you weave your thread, as it helps keep the rhythm and makes it easier!
Don't be afraid to experiment with weaving techniques. Whatever you do isn't permanent until you run out of nails to weave in and out of, and even then you can always cut it and start over!
...and most importantly have fun! The reason I craft is to escape the every day.
Enjoy becoming enthralled with the project, and once you are done be proud of what you made!
And then it made it to my wall next to my desk!
The finished product:
...and don't forget to follow us on Facebook!