String Art Wave Project

DIY Sting Art Wave

So, I was throwing a surprise birthday party for a good friend with the theme of sandals and seashells. I wanted to go beyond the box gift (echo dot) and give her something that would make her know I took some time on her present. She & I both adore the ocean, so something ocean themed seemed like a natural. So, the creation of the wave string art project began.

As a plus, I had most of the supplies at home already. Anything I didn’t have, I was able to grab in a trip to home depot.




Wood cut to your desire (mine was roughly 12 x 18) – Mine is actually a little thinner than it should be. I’d suggest 1/2 inch minimum, so the nails can be nailed in deeper. Plus, if any of your kids is having a bad day, they can pound away!

Nails – longer is better here. The longer the nail, the more room you have to wrap string around it. Minimum of 2 inches.

String or Hemp – I liked the color of the hemp, and it was really inexpensive.

Paint – I selected 4 colors from Michael’s that I liked the best. Keep in mind that the colors will be a little lighter than the bottle because they will get diluted with water. Use acrylic paints.

Foam brush (available at the dollar store)

Cardboard or something to use as a palate. Clearly, I was very high-tech here! I cut off the end of the box Costco send home with me. And, I reused it for another project.


Step 1: Get your paint on!

The first thing I did was take the darker color of paint and start painting the bottom. Then I got the foam brush really wet and went over the paint with the wet brush so some of the paint would come off and the beautiful wood could peek through. I continued to do that for each of the colors through the top of the painting.

Step 2: Create the wave & nail away

I drew a wave on parchment paper and cut it out. Lay it on your wood to see which direction you prefer. With the grain of the wood, a left facing wave looked better to me, so I went with that. I placed the wave where I liked it, and then I began to nail in the nails approximately 1/4 inch apart.

Step 3: String it up!

Once all the nails were in, I started with the hemp string. I randomly ran the string from one nail to another until I liked the visibility of the wave against the painted wood.

Step 4: Stand back and survey your handiwork


Here’s the wave string art project sitting at the party. It went over well, so that is a plus!

Let me know if this inspires you to make something! xoxo K

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