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String Art (in which I admit to using litter in a craft project)


I’ve been known to do some strange things in the name of crafts, but usually I try to sugar-coat things a tiny bit so I don’t come off looking completely crazy.

This time, there’s no way around it.

I found the basis of the craft in the lawn of my last apartment complex.

“One man’s trash is a crazy girl’s crafting jackpot,” right? I of course couldn’t pass up this up.

After furtively glancing around to see if anyone was in the near vicinity, I snatched up this awesome slab of wood. Where it came from is anyone’s guess, since there was absolutely no lumberjack-type activities going on around me. It’s about 7 inches wide and tall and half an inch thick on one side and it tapers down to nothing on the other side.

Wood with nails

It’s been living in various frames and gallery walls over the past year, but I finally got to work to make it a little different.

I pounded in some short nails (which my husband so kindly continues to point out that aren’t evenly spaced–whatever, I eyeballed it) and got out some leftover embroidery floss left over from my Star Wars cross-stitch sampler. Which I originally purchased from the Goodwill in an ancient cross-stitch kit that you were supposed to make into a bucking horse with a rider.

embroidery floss

I then wrapped and knotted and wrapped some more, and now I have sweet three-dimensional artwork on a piece of trash.

string art

I guess the moral of this post is that sometimes picking up other people’s garbage can turn out okay after all.


10 thoughts on “String Art (in which I admit to using litter in a craft project)

  1. Sweet! I’ve seen stuff liket his on pinterest! I gues its finding the unique wood that really makes it.

  2. It’s not littler, it a “found object” or a “universe donated item” which is what we call things that we find by our apartment’s trash enclosure. Also, it looks awesome. Great little project!

  3. Anne, I kept waiting for the appearance of LITTERBOX litter in this post. But I think your project turned out much better without it ;-).

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