- Sand paper (I used 120 grit, you are welcome to use whatever you have)
- Sanding Block (optional)
- Bowl of water
- Stain (I use MINWAX Ebony)
- Gloves (optional)
- 2 paint brushes (one for a water wash, one for each color stain you have)
- Working surface you don't mind getting dirty
- Wood for the border. Please note, you can use any size you want. I used:
- 2- 40" pieces of wood
- 2- 56" pieces of wood
- To achieve this the easiest way possible, at Home Depot find the .656IN x 1.468IN x 96IN STRIP, get two of those and have the guys there do one cut to each piece measuring a 40" piece and a 56" piece from each
- Wood Glue
- 1/2" Nails (about 15-30) of them depending on your wood size and how intricate you want your twine web to be
- OR Upholstery Nails (Some recommendations HERE and HERE)
- 2 Saw Tooth Picture Hangers
- Jute Twine (again the amount varies depending on how much larger or smaller your project is but I bought a 190ft roll and had plenty left over)
- Super Glue (I use this one)
STEP 1: Follow our "Easy Reclaimed Wood" tutorial to get the wood ready. Let dry and sit for at least 24 hours before assembling.
STEP 2: Next we assemble the wood! Put the longer pieces down first and then the shorter pieces on top of the longer pieces matching up right corners.
STEP 3: Put wood glue between the two pieces of wood before nailing it together. Then nail four nails to secure the top piece to the bottom piece. Repeat for each of the remaining three corners, making sure all edges are matching up to create an even rectangle.
STEP 4: We start to nail in remaining nails around the whole frame (these can be the regular nails you used to connect the pieces of wood OR they can be decorative nails such as upholstery nail. I used the regular nails). Start with the piece of wood that is resting on the ground. Measure 4" out from the wood placed on top of that one and hammer in the nail enough so it's secure but not all the way down. Repeat every 4". Then repeat on the other wood of the frame that is resting on the ground (the wood piece parallel to the one you were just working on). It will not be an even 4" when you finish, but that is fine.
STEP 5: Now moving on to the wood that is floating above the ground. Measure 4" from the edge of that one and hammer in a nail there. Same as before, hammer it in enough so it's secure but not all the way down. Hammer a nail in every 4" or so. You now should have a border of nails around your whole frame. PRO TIP BELOW
PRO TIP: when hammering nails into the wood that is floating above the ground, place a piece of extra wood or a book under it to support your hammering. You aren't going all the way through the wood so it should not damage whatever you are using.
STEP 6: We are now ready to start wrapping. Take your twine and tie a double knot around one nail. Which nail you ask? ANY NAIL! This is the beauty of this part, this is where you get to go wild! Make sure it's tight and away we go......
STEP 7: Take your spool of twine and start going from one nail to the next wrapping the twine around the nails at least once (shown above) to make it secure. Pull tight. Never go from one nail to the next on the same edge of the rectangle. Purposely be irregular in your pattern, use up all the nails and if you have to wrap around certain nails twice to achieve the look you want, go for it!
STEP 8: After you finish wrapping your twine around the nails and you feel satisfied with the outcome, choose a nail to finish it off and tie a double knot, TIE IT TIGHT!
STEP 9: AND WA-LA! You've got yourself an art piece! To finish it off, place a drop or two of super glue on each nail where the twine comes in contact with the nail. Place extra super glue at the start and finish knots, make sure those babies don't come untied! I like this brand because you can easily control the amount that comes out. Give it a few minutes to dry and then cut off the starting and ending tails of twine.
STEP 10: Nail in the sawtooth picture hangers on the top of the backside, measuring the same distance from the top on each side. AND YOU'RE DONE!
Now wasn't that easy as pie?! Ok, maybe not as pie, cause pies can be hard to make... but wasn't that pretty damn easy!? Now, what are you waiting for? Go hang it up! I love this piece so much I am planning on making three long skinner ones that will cascade up the wall near my staircase. It will be perfect for that big empty wall!
The great thing about this tutorial is that you can make these as big or as small as you want to fill whatever size wall you need to. No matter what size you decide it will remain very inexpensive, super easy to make, and incredibly impressive to your guests!
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