A standard practice in selling residential homes is to remove personal photos from frames to give home shoppers the opportunity to imagine their own special moments in those frames. Often times, its easier to hide away the frames all together rather than deal with refilling them with something innocuous.
In our case, we found the blank frames showing the backing to fit in with the over all color scheme of the built in bookcase, but had the issue of appearing as if we had forgotten to fill the frames. The solution? Show case the backing in an intentional way by applying some string art! Before I get to the DIY, here is a little bit of background story behind our adventures in decoration…
One of my favorite parts of our home refresh, which we did to prep the house for sale, is the built in bookcase in the living room. It was originally a nondescript green, but we painted it a semi gloss white to help give the room a large and airy impression, and to provide a clean backdrop for colorful and eclectic accessories–all under the direction of my great friend Lloyd Holton.
I’m often heard online and in person extolling the many talents of Lloyd, but usually in the context of hair styling. Well, a better description for him would be “Designer of All Things” (He owns a hair salon as well as a landscaping company). Lloyd helped lay down a neutral and interesting design scheme for inside and out that helped us land an above list price offer in less than 24 hours! Hashtag winning.
I’m so grateful to have a friend who was able to reach into my world and see that I needed an objective, smart, and caring person to give me a starting point when I was drowning in a million decisions and details (and too much stuff!). He suggested white trim/architectural accents paired with gray walls (through out), and arranged the bookcase version one, among other things. I was then able to step in and add some personal touches via string art and by further editing the pieces in a meaningful way.
So, without further ado (gorsh, I preamble like a boss), here are the string art pieces + DIY directions!
- Empty frame with a matt and clean backing or an alternative background of your choosing
- Piece of scrap paper
- Duck tape, I used silver
- String, I used unbleached cotton
- Extra fine point sharpie
- Clear drying glue
Yolo String Art Directions:
- For this piece, I decided to apply the glue/string directly to the glass.
- Step 1: Working with the coil, the way the string naturally wants to fall, lay out each letter. Do one letter, cut string, then the next, etc. The string may move slightly when you let go, but should mostly retain letter shape.
- Step 2: Lift end of string and lightly squeeze thin amount of glue onto surface, lay string on glue, and add light pressure. Continue until letter is complete, repeat for remaining letters.
- Step 3: For the ribbon, tear a few inches of duck tape and apply to a piece of paper.
- Step 4: Cut out ribbon and points, write “with care” using a sharpie, and after allowing ink to set, curve the ribbon around the sharpie to give it a slight furl.
- Step 5: Dot small amount of glue and place ribbon beneath “yolo,” with enough pressure to make it stick, but light enough to maintain furl.
Silver String Art Directions:
- Step 1: Lay frame front facing down on a flat surface and remove backing.
- Step 2: Measure and cut the string.
- Step 3: To create the X of the Silver Strings 1, lay string diagonally across the matt from inside corner to corner and tape in place. Repeat in other diagonal.
- Step 4: Layer backing of your choice and secure.
- Step 5: To create the diagonal lines of Silver Strings 2, lay string diagonally across the matt from inside corner to corner and tape in place.
- Step 6: Use a ruler to measure and mark regular intervals on the matt for each string, or eye ball it (which is what I did).
- Step 7: Cut length of string for each additional line and tape down each string.
- Step 8: Layer backing of your choice and secure.
Hope you enjoyed this little DIY that was way more complicated to write than it was to do! You’re welcome to share any thoughts or suggestions for improvements in the comments, which I’m sure there are many since the whole thing was a lucky experiment that happened to work out on the first try!