Nail and yarn art
Daniela Fugger shows us how to brighten our walls with easy, eye- catching nail art
Create striking ombré wall art using affordable, easy- to- source materials
Here's a dead simple ( and cheap) new technique for you to try your hand at this summer. This striking 3D wall art is made from easy- tosource materials – you might even have most of them lying around your house already.
The design fits right in with the current trend for typographic slogans ( see our report on page 14) as well as giving a nod to the current 90s revival with its neon ombré palette. We think our version would look great hung up in a bedroom, lounge or as part of an inspiration wall in a studio or craft corner. Once you've mastered the technique, it could be used to create signs for all sorts of occasions, such as ' Mr' and ' Mrs' plaques at weddings, or a fun notice to greet guests at a kids' birthday party.
You can either use our template on page 88 or print or draw out your own text onto paper. Secure this onto your wooden surface using strips of strong tape.
Prepare your wood by taking the hammer and a nail and punching little marks every 4– 5mm along the outline of each letter. Make sure there's a mark at every bend.
Remove the text, then hammer your nails into the marks you created in the previous step. Leave about two thirds of each nail above the surface, and make sure they're all tight and sturdy.
Take your first colour yarn and fix it at the end of one nail with a knot. Then wrap the yarn around the outlines of the ' C' and the ' R', winding it around each nail. Be careful to keep the yarn taut at all times to keep it neat.
Now zigzag around the nails
with the yarn, filling the space between the outlines. As we're creating a gradient, fill the ' C' and half of ' R' completely, then fill the second half and the ' E' with less of the yarn so that you can wrap the next colour between it.
Lay the next colour over the one you worked with before so you get the effect of a gradient, working in the same way as steps 4 and 5. Then do the same with your third, final colour.
Knot the yarn to a nail at the end. Don't worry if a few nails come loose, fix with a light hammer blow.
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03 07 Of course we had to choose a word that sums up our favourite activity.