Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Nailed art

This project has been sitting in my draft section for a while, only because I could not think of a great name for the post. So today I said forget it and decided to post it without a catchy mail. I can only hope the pictures and easy tutorial will spark you to give it a try.

Old piece of wood (fence board, pallet wood..etc)
Paint (as many different colors as you would like)
Carpet tacks
Teaching paper
Design you want


1. Paint your piece of wood any base color you would like. I ended up doing 2 layers, but you can do just one for a vintage feel.

2. While your wood is drying, i left mine over night, trace any design you want to the tracing paper. Keep in mind that it's got to be a good size for the wood. If your tracing the design from your computer you can always use the zoom feature to control how big the design is.

3. My original idea was to use nails with larger heads, but it turns out home depot didn't have nails short enough to not go through my wood. So instead I used carpet tacks. They were a little harder to get in and keep straight but had just the right length and head left to paint.

Take your design and cut around it and tape two of the sides down to the wood so it won't move around on you while you hammer the tacks in.

4. Start with one side and then work your way around the design. Try not to jump around too much. What i noticed was that as the design came to an end my fingers were a little big to get in between some of the tacks, so a pair of needle nose pliers to hold the tacks might be a good option.

5. Once your tacks are hammered in paint the heads and let dry.

From here it's all up to you what you would like to do with it. I left mine alone, but you could mount hooks to the back of the wood so it can be hung, or even secure ribbon or twice to the sides so it can go on your front door.

Play around with the design and even paint words into the wood after your design is in place!