This year for father’s day I was stuck on what gift we should give my husband. I know that he likes watches but as I was looking for watches to give him I realized that we had given him a watch for the past couple of holidays. I really wanted to do something different this time. I like the idea of making something at home that we could hang up, something that when we looked at it we would have a good memory.
Have you noticed how big string art is? It is everywhere and in every shape and size! The Friday before father’s day we were out walking around a craft store when I noticed this pallet type board. I instantly thought a string art portrait of my husband’s favorite Disney character Donald Duck would be the perfect father’s day gift! It would also give us another fun little project to share with you.
Never having done a project like this before, we gathered our supplies not really knowing how much we would need. I bought way to much string and not enough nails.
Here is a list of what we needed:
a palette board
embroidery string or floss (1 pink, 1 yellow, 1 gold, 1 black, 1 dark blue, 1 light blue, and 2 white)
2 packs of 7/8 no head nails ( can use larger nails and nails with heads)
Print out of Donald Duck profile
One thing I will say is I did not realize how much time this project would take! I would not attempt to make one of these in 2 days again. We started our project mid day Friday. We found the picture of Donald that we liked, printed it out and taped it to the center of our board. Then we began to hammered our nails around the outlines, making sure nails were spaced closely together. (This took us 5 hours!) We did take turns here, but my daughter was a little timid with the hammer so I would take over a lot. After our outline was all nailed in our backs were killing us and we took a break for the night.
The next day we got up and after a little bit we were ready to go, thinking today would be easy and not take too much time. Boy was I wrong! The first step was to remove the picture of Donald from our board. Now its time to start adding our string by weaving it and back and forth around the nails. We wanted to make sure we layered our string so that Donald’s features pop out correctly, starting first with the eyes and layering the pupil section on top, then moving to Donald’s “feathers”, and so on.
We started this around 9 am and with a few breaks finished around 6 pm. This was a time-consuming project but one that I think was worth it! Dad was really happy to get this as one of his gifts!