Crystal Nail String Art | The Nerd Nest

There haven’t been many changes to Eliza’s room since we shuffled things around in 2012 (except that you haven’t been able to see 100% of the floor since the day I took those pictures–hah!). This Spring, I want to bring the age level up a bit in there for her and help her make it fit her current interests and activities better. So, basically, we’re going for science + art.

Eliza collects rocks and likes to learn about crystal formations, so when I saw this geode string art on Vintage Revivals I knew I had a good jumping off point for the first new art to go in Eliza’s room. She’ll probably want to make most everything else, but I want her to have one cool from-mom thing in there.

Instead of sewing a geode directly onto paper, I decided to combine the idea with this nail string art tutorial that’s been sitting in my Pinboards for who knows how long. I googled images of crystals and geodes and settled on this crystal image from WikiHow. I was planning on drawing my own, but then decided to just print the image from the “how to draw a crystal” page. It’s sort of cheating, but hey, I only have so much crafting time to work with.

Crystal Nail String Art | The Nerd Nest

I love that I had all of the supplies, save the $1.50 nails, for this project on hand already. Not pictured but something I found to be absolutely necessary about halfway through: my favorite tweezers. They helped me to hold nails in place when things got to tight for my fingers. Also needed: scissors.

Crystal Nail String Art | The Nerd Nest

The only step I really switched up from the tutorial was the tracing the design onto the surface step. Instead, I kept the image on the paper and nailed through the paper onto the wood. It would have been a million times smarter to use regular paper instead of cardstock, which was just what happened to be in my paper tray, but I didn’t think that far ahead.

Crystal Nail String Art | The Nerd Nest

Wrapping the embroidery floss around the nails was actually really fun. It was like a mind game to figure out how to get all of the lines covered. I’d love to do a bigger version. Jake was watching me do it, and now he wants to make one too. I don’t know what we’d do with three pieces of string art, but sometimes things are more about the process. That’s just fine.

Crystal Nail String Art | The Nerd Nest

The part that took the longest was actually removing the paper from underneath the nails. I imagined just ripping it off, but–Ooops!–that would have taken the nails with it. So I had to carefully cut it out from underneath the strings.

Crystal Nail String Art | The Nerd Nest

I think this turned out great and I can’t wait to fit it into Eliza’s room. More nerdy art to come, I’m sure.

Crystal Nail String Art | The Nerd Nest

This year it’s my goal to complete 52 projects; an average of 1 a week. Projects can be art, crafts, home improvement, tech, gardening, or whatever else my brain ventures into. The point is to MAKE. This is project 8 of 52! Check out the other projects: 1 : Script Art, 2: Striped Scarf, 3: Pillow Covers, 4: Eliza’s Doctor Who Valentines, 5: DIY Periodic Table Mirrors, 6: Band Pin Display, and 7: French Monuments with Eliza’s Class.