Christmas DIY Nail String Art “Merry” Sign

I don’t know about you, but I am in full-on Christmas decorating mode! I couldn’t wait to get home from the in-laws the day after Thanksgiving so I could start decorating! While we are only getting our tree next week, it gave me time to decorate the house and do a few Christmas crafts in the meantime. This weekend, I made this cute Merry sign out of some string and a leftover piece of board! Yes, this craft cost me nothing because I had everything on hand!


Items needed:

  • Scrap piece of wood
  • 7/8 Nails
  • String
  • Template (I used Photoshop to create mine)


The first thing I did to my piece of wood was spray paint it red. Yes, I used spray paint! :) If you’ve been following this blog for long enough, you know that I love to spray paint everything and anything. It’s the easiest way to paint stuff and I hate, hate, hate waiting for paint to dry. So a few shakes of the good old spray can and my piece of wood was painted a nice bright red!


The next thing I did was cut out my letters. I used Photoshop to create the letters and then printed them out with my printer and cut out each letter. I used the Coolvetica font to create the template.  I then placed them on the piece of wood and secured them into place with double sided tape.


I then used my 7/8 nails and essentially outlined each letter. It’s very important to accent the curves in each letter as this is what really gives it it’s shape.


It took me about 30 minutes to outline the word with my nails. I actually ran out of nails on the letter y and had to search through my junk drawer to find a few more! LOL. After outline the word, I removed the paper template and got ready to string each letter.

To start off, you’ll want to tie a knot around the first nail of your first letter and then start weaving in and out of the nails. There is no pattern to this, and no rhyme or reason to why I chose the shapes and patterns I did. I just went with the flow and you should too! Once I was done with a letter, I knotted it up and moved onto the next letter.


I love the way it came out! It took me about 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete this project, but it was well worth it because it’s the type of Christmas decoration that we’ll be able to keep for many years to come!

Pro Tip: You are going to want to get up and move around…take some breaks while making this. I didn’t..and my neck is paying for it today! Ouch ;)

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