All year long, moms work hard to make sure their children have everything they need. Mother's Day is the one day a year we set aside to give the moms in our lives the gratitude and appreciation they deserve. One great way to show the mom in your life how much you care is to make a homemade gift. The effort and personal touch that goes into a DIY gift is sure to make any mom feel special and loved. This article will give you detailed steps for making a DIY Mother's Day String Art Photo Gift using your HP Sprocket. This craft is easy to make and can be turned into a fun family evening that results in a one-of-a-kind gift.
What You Need
To begin, you will first want to gather all of your materials together. You will want to work on a durable, flat surface where you can keep all of your materials. With a bit of care, you should be able to build this craft without damaging your work surface. That said, you will want to make sure the surface is durable enough for you to use a hammer on it. Here's the full list of what you will need:
- Scotch tape
- Printable shapes
- Printed HP Sprocket photos
How To Make Your Mother's Day String Art Photo Gift
Start by aligning your printable shapes onto the wood to view your design. Make sure the shape is lined up where you would like it to be. Then, fold the rest of the paper around the wood to begin securing it in place. Fold the paper back along each edge to keep your shape pressed flat against the wood.
Tape the folded part of the paper to the back of the wood to secure it in place. Try to secure it tightly to the wood so that the shape you want is not able to move on the front of the wood. Make sure that no excess paper wraps around to the front of the wood.
Use the hammer to mount the nails into the wood along the outline of your shapes. If your shape does not have specific nail marks, try to insert one nail every half inch around the outline of the shape. If you are unable to use the same nails throughout the entire shape, make sure each nail has the same head and ends up at approximately the same height. Also try to make sure that the nails you are using do not come out the other side of the wood to keep your craft safe to the touch.
Insert more nails along the edge of the wood. Make sure these nails end up being about the same height as the nails you used to outline your shapes. These nails should each be around one inch apart.
With each nail inserted, slowly remove the paper. Begin by removing the tape you used to secure the paper to the wood and pull the paper off. When removing the paper, take some care to make sure you do not move the nails around.
Take the string you want to use and tie it around one of the outer nails. This will become the anchor point for your string that will let you create a seamless look over the wood.
Once tied, you can use the string to outline the outer nails and weave in towards the nails that outline your shapes. As you begin to fill in the empty space, you can either work to follow a specific pattern or simply use a random string pattern to fill the space. The main goal is simply to fill the space without leaving any large gaps that will take away from your shapes.
Use your HP Sprocket to print the photos you want to incorporate into your craft. You can print clean, crisp pictures or use stickers and frames to add some extra personality to each photo. If you are using an HP Sprocket or HP Sprocket Select, do not expose the sticky back of the photo paper.
Insert the pictures into the string to keep them in place. Weave the photo between a few pieces of string to fix them in place.
Once complete, this string art photo gift can be displayed in a variety of places. By simply inserting the pictures into the string, you can easily print new pictures and swap them out to keep your piece feeling fresh and current.
Whether you make this craft for Mother’s Day or simply want a creative way to display your photos, this string art photo gift is a great way to take your HP Sprocket photos and bring them to life.