How to: Relax

A few weeks ago I shared about my very first craft workshop.  Although string art is all over the blogiverse, I still thought I’d share a little bit about the process I used in creating my own “Relax” sign.

One of the very first things I pinned on Pinterest was this photo:

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Not only is it my favorite color combination, but I really need a constant remind to take a chill pill.  So, when I was trying to thing of the perfect design for my string art, the work “RELAX” went straight to the top of the list.

(Please disregard the terrible lighting…)

First up, I blew up my letters in Photoshop and printed them, cutting each one out…

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Then taped them down where I wanted them using tape loops…

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Then got busy with a hammer and nails until all the letters were outlined…

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I tied off my string on the first nail with a double knot, then went to town.  I didn’t use any particular wrapping method because I like the random look but you could certainly devise all sorts of patterns.

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Since I was using my work as the example for demonstration at the workshop, I left the “X” unfinished…

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But here it is now, the final product, in it’s “for now” residence in my completely NOT made over bathroom.  I love how the wood matches the trim and the string matches the walls of the master bedroom (stay tuned for the reveal next week!).  Totally a happy accident!

I LOVE this project!  I see repeat performances in my future, for sure.

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My Very First Craft Workshop!

I’m terrified of public speaking… and I’m a little wary of middle schoolers.  What possessed me to say “Yes” when my friend asked me to lead a craft workshop for her youth group, I’ll never know.

BUT I’M SO GLAD I DID!!!

I faced the challenge, however, of finding a crafts that wouldn’t be to childish but would be interesting/fun for girls AND boys.  Where did I turn?  Do you not know me at all?

PINTEREST!

These puppies have been haunting my pin boards for quite some time, so after much deliberation, I dove in.

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[Sources: HERE, HERE and HERE]

I picked up some 7” pine plagues from Michael’s for $1.00/each and a bunch of finishing nails from Home Depot.  Being the yarn hoarder of the century, I pulled out several huge spools of thin yard that I’d never know what to do with… they worked PERFECTLY.  The kids brought there own hammers and I printed out the alphabet in a nice thick font to use as templates.

I whipped out a sign of my own to use during the demonstration….

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The kids were great!  They listened, worked hard and seemed really excited about the project.  Their string art turned out so well!  It was fun to see each of them with a different wrapping technique and they got so creative, doing layers of different colored yarn.

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And even my friends, the group leaders, got in on the fun working in a little Florida/Mustache pride…

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Now I can’t wait until my next opportunity to lead a workshop!  Never thought I’d say that!

Happy Stringing!

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