Pretty String Art- A is for Apple!

When wandering through the thrift store lately, I ran across an old cutting board and inspiration struck.  Instead of using it for the boring purpose of cutting vegetables, I came up with a way to make my cutting board have a whole new life!  How about pretty A is for Apple String Art?

string art apple

Most cutting boards that you find at the thrift store have been used well past their prime.  I switched to the plastic ones years ago because I could wash them in the dishwasher and be sure they were very clean.  Wooden ones- well love the look, but would rather cut my veggies on something that is sanitized.  So with that said, I came up with a way to revamp an old cutting board with string art.

For the project I used:

Wooden cutting board
Small nails
Embroidery Floss in Red and Green
Acrylic Paint
White glue
Stencils for lettering

string art apple

Begin by painting the center piece of the cutting board with off white acrylic paint.  Several coats were required.  That old wood just soaks up the paint!

string art apple

Then draw in the shape of an apple with a leaf.  These are the lines to follow when you place the nails.

string art apple

Using a hammer, hammer in the small nails about 3/4″ apart along the drawn in lines.

string art apple

You want there to be about 1/4″ of nail showing.

string art apple

Begin with the red embroidery floss.  Tie it around one nail head and then begin wrapping it from side to side, filling in the shape of the apple.

string art apple

At some point while wrapping, be sure to wrap around the outside edges, outlining the shape of the apple.

string art apple

Keep wrapping the floss around the nail heads until you have filled the apple to you satisfaction.  In order to end the wrapping, I found it easiest to add a dot of hot glue to one of the nails and end the string there.

string art apple

Use the same technique to fill in the green leaf.

string art apple

Use a stencil, or draw freestyle, the word “Apple” and the letter A.  Use green acrylic paint to fill in the lettering.

string art apple

Use the same green paint to paint the rest of the cutting board (It may take two coats).  Allow it to dry thoroughly before going to the next step.

string art apple

The fully detailed procedure to create the crackle paint look using acrylic paint and white glue can be found here:  Easy Fabric Wall Art. Basically, paint white glue everywhere that you are wanting the crackle effect.  Work quickly and before the glue dries, add a coat of acrylic paint over top.  As the glue dries, the paint crackles!  In the photo above, it is just starting to dry.

string art apple

The final piece has a sweet country look to it.  What a nice addition to my kitchen wall!  I love the texture of the layered string!  And the entire project just cost pennies to make!

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  • Terri Hughes August 27, 2016, 1:52 pm

    I love what you did with the cutting board……very nice!

  • Lesley Gilbert August 27, 2016, 6:41 am

    What a great idea – thanks for the tutorial 🙂

  • Nicole August 5, 2015, 1:50 pm

    This is so adorable and looks like it was a lot of fun to make! Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty this week!

  • Cat @ Pocketful of Posies August 3, 2015, 10:52 pm

    Suzy – what a great use for an old cutting board! I love a good upcycle project! Thank you for sharing at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link! Please remember to link back to us to be featured in future parties. I hope we’ll see you there again this week!


  • Melinda August 3, 2015, 9:19 pm

    A is for Adorable! Point for upcycling!
    Here from HomeMatters.

  • Sarah July 31, 2015, 1:54 pm

    That looks so pretty!

  • Anonymous July 27, 2015, 2:53 pm

    Cute as a button! What a great idea, and it would look so good hanging in the ONE empty wall in my tiny kitchen!

  • Erlene July 26, 2015, 3:42 pm

    That’s so cute! I love the red apple and very clever to put it on a cutting board.