This past week I joined the Young Women of our Church for a week at Girls Camp as their "Craft Leader." The theme of the camp was Daughter of a King, and so I designed this Nail/String art to go along with that. It ended up being a fun, easy craft for the girls to do, and I think they enjoyed the "downtime" while they pounded away! If you are interested in the details, I've included them, along with pictures, below.
Step 1: I needed to make around 160 boards, each measuring around 12x12. I bought five 48"x96" wooden boards and cut them down to 12"x12" on my table saw.
Step 2: Sand the edges of the boards (no one likes splinters). My kids were wonderful for helping me out in the garage one morning, sanding away.
Step 3: Then we laid down a tarp, and laid out as many boards as would fit. I painted the top and sides of the boards, then let them dry. Then I flipped them over and painted the back side, letting them dry again, before stacking them back along the garage wall.
Step 4: I used an oval plate to draw a guide line on each of the boards to pencil the words Daughter of a King, then I went over it with a sharpie marker, making it look a bit more like Calligraphy/fancier writing style. After the marker dried, I erased the pencil lines...
Step 5: I made an outline of a crown (you can download it free here), and loosely cute around the edges.
Step 6: Tape down the template (centered) onto the wood, and start putting a 3/4" nail in each dot (make sure your nails have a flat head).
Step 7: Once all the nails are in, remove the paper template - and then string away, wrapping the string around the nail before moving on to the next nail. You can get pretty creative here, making patterns between the nails, or just keep it random!!
And here is the finished one! Check out more pictures below from Girls Camp ~ and how cute and creative the Young Women got with theirs. It was fun to see their personalities come out a bit with their color and design choices. Hopefully, hanging this in their room, they will be reminded of this wonderful week at camp and that they are each a Daughter of a King.