‘Create’ Nail and Wood Art

It turns out that crafts and winter have not been friends this year. However, the closer it gets to spring, the more inspired I feel! The inspiration for this project came from Anna Maria Island, Florida, where I spent spring break with my family. I saw a similar piece with the word “LOVE” and immediately started planning how I’d recreate it (for less than its 200 dollar retail price.) Here’s what I used:

  • One piece of wood (size depends on the length of the word and size of the font)
  • About 150 medium sized nails
  • Small hammer
  • Paper and a pencil for tracing

The wood is from Home Depot. For projects like this one, I always ask someone working if they have scrap wood. About 50% of the time I get lucky and they have some! This piece was 75% off and ended up being about a dollar. They’ll even cut it for free. The nails were about 4 dollars for 200.

The first step is to cut out the letters you need. The easiest way to do this is to print them out, but if you’re like me and don’t have a printer, you can trace letters from your computer screen with parchment paper and a thin market. I suggest using a typeface with as many straight lines as possible. In my trial run, I used a script typeface and it was harder to read and harder to follow the lines.

Once you’ve cut out the letters, lightly trace them onto your wood with pencil.

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Now you’re ready to start hammering! I suggest finding a very flat surface. The sturdier your wood board, the easier it is to get the nails to stay. My last tip is to be patient (something I am terrible at!) The project took me about two hours and I ended up hammering many of the nails twice. Depending on the kind of wood you choose, some nails might loosen as you hammer others.

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I’m really happy with my final product that now lives on my bookshelf! It cost me about 5 dollars to recreate the piece I saw for 200. It will remind me every day to continue to create and be inspired.

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Happy crafting!

-Kat

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my day at the artisan market

Saturday night I received my acceptance letter into the Fulton Street Artisan Market. I ripped open the envelope and was SO excited, then I immediately got to finishing all of my crafts I’ve been putting off! I’ve been to the market a couple of times this year and it was amazing to be a part of it this weekend.

My (first) favorite part was setting up the display of all of my stuff. I practiced on the kitchen table the night before. I also loved the people watching, and when people smiled at the quotes on my pillow or told me that they reminded them of their family. But, my favorite part by far was the culture and people at the Artisans Market. The two ladies on either side of me made gave me crafting advice and shared stories throughout the day. The older couple two tables down (who, when they are not knitted stuffed animals, are performing as santa and the easter bunny) stopped by often and insisted that they, “Still don’t know what we want to be when we grow up.” They even made a special stuffed animal for my sister and brought it to our house later in the day.

I met Theresa from The Old White House, who gave me so much insight and is the kindest lady. It made my day when she gave me her lavender laundry soap and fabric softener for my new house. It smells amazing! Make sure to check out her blog.

What a great day, and an amazing community to be welcomed into.