DIY: String and Nail Art Installation

Sip the Rainbow
A couple of people have asked how I created the hashtag installation at What’s Your Beef so I thought it would be nice to include a step by step process here. I’m actually in the middle of installing another hashtag for an upcoming event called Sip the Rainbow so I’ll walk you through the creation. For Sip I decided to switch it up a little bit and filling in the space of each letter instead of just doing an outline.

printed letters
printed letters taped to the wall as a guide

1. Pick a simple font, print one letter per 8.5″ x 11″ page and cut out each letter.

2. Making sure they’re level, space and tape the letters on the wall.

embroidery thread
nails in place and starting to weave the string

3. Hammer nails, keeping them about an inch apart – all the way around the border of each letter.

4. Once all the nails have gone up, start by tying colored string on the first letter and weaving it in a criss cross pattern from nail to nail. You can transition and blend colors or just stick with one if you prefer.

embroidery thread
For this hashtag I chose to use embroidery thread so we could easily overlap colors but you could also use yarn, string, or twine.

Sip the Rainbow
It’s great to do a hashtag for an event but there are a lot of possibilities. You don’t necessarily need to do a word or a phrase – you can make any shape imaginable. I’m contemplating installing one on a wall in my apartment – or on a large board that can be hung. If you make one please share photos! I would love to see what you come up with.

Sip the Rainbow is coming up on Friday, May 17th at the BCAE. Tickets are still available and it promises to be a fun event!


3 thoughts on “DIY: String and Nail Art Installation

  1. omgosh you did that what’s your beef hashtag thing!? I thought you bought it – WOW! you need to set up an etsy shop 🙂

    and i’m keeping you on speed dial for my wedding… whenever that is in the future lol!

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