When it comes to celebrating mine and hubby’s anniversary I was adamant that there would be some traditions we would follow right from the start. One was to use the anniversary gift list as inspiration. To make it easier for us we can use the traditional or modern list that doesn’t matter. That meant that this year being our 2nd anniversary we had to gift something that was china or cotton. Now, neither of these are easy items to turn into something a man would want ha ha… I really had a hard time thinking of something. The great thing was we had planned the weekend away in China so that actually kind of covered it.. get it.. the list said china… so we went to China! Ha! But I wanted to have something in our house that reminded me of our 2nd year. I got the idea after scrolling through Pinterest where I came across string art and made the connection of string= cotton… cotton string!
This project could not be easier, honestly. If you don’t already have all the items you need to make this in your home already, a quick trip to the hardware shop will cover it. All you need is a scrap piece of wood, spray paint, paper, string, nails and a hammer…. plus a few episodes of your fav show.
After giving my scrap wood a coat of spray paint, I had my Silhouette sketch out my graphic with the sketch pen function. I have been obsessed with Kal Barteski’s cut files that she has been making for Studio Calico and used one from the set she created for the Mark’s & Co. kit. You can still get it here. Next, I stuck my sketch down on the wood and went to town with my hammer and nails. There is no need to be perfect here.. I just eyeballed the width between each nail. This part was great for stress release ha ha! Here it is when the nails are done.
Once you have all your nails in, rip off the paper template and you are ready for the string. I use fun bright pink string from the dollar shop. I know you are probably thinking bright pink is an odd colour choice for a man’s present… but our living room is grey and bright pink.. and although its a gift for him, I have decided where it will be put.
When it comes to winding the string on, I would say just follow what you feel looks good. In the end I went back around the outside edges to create more of an outline. Step back often and have a look. You will see “bald” spots and where your string should travel to next. This project can be a bit tedious, but so well worth it! Hubby loved it and commented that it was nice to have something more 3D for our walls…. but yes I can admit… maybe this project was a bit more for me than him! Oh well.. Happy Anniversary Bean!