Since Christmas time, these blank planks of wood have been hanging on our living room wall staring at me. You may recognize the piece from our Christmas decorations this past year. My handy husband built the piece out of an old fence that blew down during one of our crazy storms a few years ago. I’ve been wanting to do something with it, but I’ve had some serious commitment issues. Not knowing what to paint/write/create, I was worse than a teenage girl choosing an outfit.
While driving home the other night I heard the song One Thing Remains by Jesus Culture come onto the radio. I love the lyrics, which always serve as a reminder that no matter the challenges of the day, God’s love is endless and always there. I had an ah-hah moment when I remembered the blaringly blank wood planks hanging on our living room wall!
A while ago, I found this photo via Pinterest and knew I wanted to try the yarn and nail letters somewhere. I figured that this was a great time to do so! This project turned out way better than I anticipated!
DIY Yarn & Nail Art
- A piece of wood or a blank wall where you’d like to create your piece
- Nails (I used 1.5″ nails) & a hammer
- Your words printed out on paper
- Ruller, scissors, tape, chalk & a ballpoint pen
- Craft paint & paintbrush
Step 1: Measure out your working area and create your saying in Word or Illustrator. We used this free font from Dafont for the cursive letters and Helvetica Neue for the bold LOVE. My hunky husband created the words in Illustrator for me so that we could get the sizing perfect.
To make sure that my words were straight and spaced evenly, I drew a line along the bottom of each word and simply lined the guide-lines up and spaced the words 1″ apart. You’ll want to tape everything down once you get it situated (if you’re going to paint any of your words like I did, you can hold off on taping those ones).
Step 2: To create your nail outline, simply nail through your paper. You’ll want to be sure to place a nail on every corner of each letter and about every 2 inches in between. For the O, I just kind of eye-balled it, since there aren’t any corners (I actually added more nails to the outside of the O than what are pictured below). I tried to nail all the nails in evenly, leaving about 3/4″ sticking out. Once you get all of your nails in you can tear the paper away. There may be little bits of paper stuck beneath the nails, you can pull them out with your fingers or tweezers if you’re picky.
Step 3: Grab your yarn…
Tie a knot on one nail and begin wrapping! I found it helpful to wrap all the way around the perimeter of the letter and then go back and fill in. There’s not really any specific way to do this, just make sure to cover the entire area and go back around the perimeter a few times at the end. You’ll finish by tying another knot around a nail and trimming your ends.
Step 4: Now, it’s time to transfer your letters for painting (I’ve shown you this technique before over here). Flip your piece of paper over, grab a piece of chalk and cover the letters with a thick coat.
This will leave a slight impression in your wood and a chalk line for you to follow with paint. My wood was pretty soft and the pen left a slight indent, so if you have a harder surface or if you’re doing this on a wall you’ll want to really make sure you’ve got the back of your paper covered with chalk so that it will leave a good transfer mark.
Step 5: Once you’ve traced all of your words, break out your paint. I used white acrylic paint. If you’re doing this on a wall or on something that will be outdoors, you’ll want to choose a paint that works best with your environment. Using a small paintbrush, simply fill in your chalk lines. I found it helpful to brush away the chalk dust before painting.
Let it dry and you’re finished! Stand back and be amazed at your masterpiece! Good job! :)
This looks a million and a half times better than the blank wood that used to be there, don’t you think!?
I hope that you’re reminded of God’s unfailing love today. It is because of Him that I have the ability to create and for that I am very thankful.