DIY Pin and Thread Art – Teal Home Decor
DIY Pin and Thread Art
There is always this excitement when one moves into a new house and recently so did I. While I started thinking about how I would want my room to look and started shopping, I somehow saw myself drawn to a particular colour; Teal Blue. This sudden love for this colour began, I would go crazy as soon as I would see something in Teal even if it wasn’t for my room and I didn’t need it. Now I’m sure I’m not the only person that has seen thousands of DIY tutorials online for home decor and now that I was setting up my new house and room you can just imagine how many things I came across. One that really stood out to me and I thought was very creative was the DIY Pin and Thread Art which has become very popular recently.
Now that I had picked out my Teal coloured pillows, and teal curtain tassels for my bed drapes I thought that this piece of art gave me another chance to use this colour in the way I wanted to. The reason why I decided to make this DIY was also because there was some wood work happening in my house and we were getting a few things made and repaired. Since there was a lot of wood lying around that wasn’t being used this is when it clicked and I thought to myself that this is the perfect chance to do something with it. Keep reading to see what I ended up making and follow the pictures step by step to try it for yourself someday!
What you need
The materials you will need to create this DIY pin and thread art are: scissors, a hammer, small sized nails, anchor threads (colours of your choice), white pen, a print out of the image or word you want to create and a piece of wood which you can either paint or polish.
Now I choose an image of a mannequin with a dress silhouette, after all this is a fashion blog and I am in love with Fashion. I also thought that it would work best for my room as it was something of my interest done creatively.
With your scissors cut around the outline of the image you have selected, once it is cut place it onto the wood board and trace around it with a white pen.
Now that you have your traced outline on the wood board, with a measuring tape or by estimate mark 1/2 inch points all along the image. On each of these points begin to hammer in those nails, place the nail on the point and slightly hammer onto the nail, once you feel it has been set hit it strongly once or twice to make sure the nails are placed in tightly. If this is your first time and are bit scared you can also wear gloves if you have them for safety.
The tough part is over and the fun part begins. Start using you threads, I decided to use an ivory coloured anchor thread with obviously my favourite, Teal. For my image I choose to start working on the big part first which was the flare of the skirt and as I wanted Teal to be more of the prominent colour in the end I used Ivory as the base colour to give it some dimension. I started working from the corners, you first need to make a knot on one of the nails and then the easiest way is to take it to the nail that is diagonally opposite it. To be honest once you start threading around you start experimenting and you can see for yourself what is looking the best, there are no exact rules to follow. This is the first time I gave it a shot to and I just kept going as long as it looked nice. I completed one diagonal round of the Ivory and then created around round exactly the same way but just in the opposite direction.
It was now time to use the Teal coloured thread, I started filling over the Ivory making some parts dark and some light to create a nice effect to it. With the Teal as while I was experimenting I took the thread from the flare straight up to the body connecting the two together instead of treating the body as a separate part.
The main part is done, just a little left! The legs of the mannequin were left for me and after looking it how the whole thing was coming together I noticed it was created a sort of ombre look from Teal to Ivory. This is why I choose to create the legs mainly out of Ivory and added just a tint of the teal over it to make it blend nicely.
It’s done! Well almost, all you need to do now is cut all the extra threads that are hanging from the different knots created. Also some of the nails might have started to become a little loose as they have been pulled on, so with your hammer just hit the nails that seem loose. Now you are done, depending on the type of board you have and how it is looking take a decision if you want to get it framed or not. My board was not too appealing and was a very thin piece of wood too so I got mine framed and I think it looks beautiful! It took a couple of hours and this was what came out of my Sunday, go ahead give it a try and create some nice decor for your house!