5 Ways To Personalize Your State String Art

Let me start by saying GO STEELERS!!  Now that that is out of my system I can continue talking about the Browns themed Ohio String Art I made for my brother-in-law.

Thanks for coming back to see what I have been up to!  Unlike most years, I only made one gift for someone in our family this year for Christmas.  It was extremely easy and fun to make but it was like I lost a bet.  My sister-in-law and her husband moved out of the state this year so Eric and I thought we would make their Christmas gifts Ohio themed.  Both of them were born and raised in Ohio just like we were.
Instead of giving you yet another tutorial for how to make the state string art, I also thought I would share a few ways to personalize your own string art.

Ways To Personalize Your String Art

1. Sports Team

Do you have a favorite sports team in the area?  What about your college’s colors?  You can paint stripes of your team logo or paint the wood one color and choose string that is the other team color.  Is there a decal that you can stick to it?

If I were to paint a Steelers one, I would paint the wood black with the 3 diamonds on the wood.  Then I would use white string for the string art.  Maybe a future Christmas gift…

2. Favorite Pattern

I love chevron.  And by love, I mean how much of that can I have without looking completely ridiculous? Why not paint the background of the state with that pattern.  You could do polka dots or stencil something onto the wood.

3. Phase or Saying

If there is a saying that reminds you of the state like “Home is where the heart is”, write it out.  There are so many phrases or sayings that can personalize the string art even more.

4. Initial

Do you need a wedding gift or bridal shower gift?  Put the initial of their last name or a monogram with a state that is important to them on the wood.

5. Home

home.  The popular new statement being put on t-shirts and other paraphernalia. One simple statement can mean so much on this piece.




  1. Sand your wood lightly until it is smooth.
  2. Paint the board based on your design.  It is easiest to do this first before you start nailing.
  3. Print an outline of your state and a heart.  Lay them on your piece to see how large you want them to be.  For Ohio, I made it as large as I could on a piece of 8.5″x11″ paper.  It was a perfect fit because it left some space around the side of the board too.
  4. Cut out your heart and state. 
  5. Tape the map to the board
  6. Nail around the state.  Keep the nails as close together as possible and just keep going.  Make sure you nail them far enough into the board so they are not loose.  Do not nail on the paper.  If you nail on the paper, it will get stuck underneath the nails and will not come out when you remove the state later.
  7. Remove the cutout of your state and place the heart where you want to on the state.  Note this does not have to be exact.  If it was, my heart and the edge of the state would overlap and that wouldn’t look as good.
  8. Nail around the heart.
  9. String the thread from the state to the heart.  Start from a state nail and wrap around a heart nail, then wrap around the next state nail and back around a heart nail.  Switch to the next heart nail every so often.  Continue until you have worked around all the state nails and back to the begining.
  10. Tip: I determined the proportion of state to heart nails.  In my case, for every heart nail there was about 10 state nails.  So I would wrap around the same heart nail for 10 state nails.  I overlapped the first couple with the nail before and the last couple with the nail after.  This process made it look less chunky around the heart.
Enjoy making your own!  I believe my brother-in-law likes his and normally I would offer to take it back if he didn’t but look at it, its Browns colors.  Gross, GO STEELERS!  Are you thinking about making one?  How would you personalize it?

Wet Bar

Hi Everyone!

We finally (sort of) finished our basement!  We are still waiting until later this month to finish the bathroom but the rest of it is finished!

When we looked at the house and saw the basement, we just knew we had to put a bar down there!  Eric built it all on his own (besides installing the counters).  Check it out!

Eric has surprised me every day of our marriage because I didn’t really think he could do any of that.  Well honestly, I hadn’t really thought about it.
To make it more amazing, check out the before and after photo!

Wet Bar
Isn’t that change crazy?!  We absolutely love it, and Eric did an amazing job!
Are you ready to see how he did it?  Well I’m ready to share because it was painful starting it off.  Since its a WET bar, pluming comes first and that means a giant hole in our wall.  I cringe just thinking about it!
Pluming and Electrical
I didn’t mention that he ripped up the flooring too, nothing like seeing the basement at its worst!
When he put the hole in the wall all I could think of was “I hope he isn’t one of those guys that starts a project and never finishes it!”.  Keep in mind we were married for a month when he started.
Next, he did the plumbing and the electrical.  Extra outlets were necessary, I am sure at one point in time there will be a crock pot for a party and blender plugged into the outlets.
Wet Bar
He almost set our house on fire when he was doing the welding!  Thankfully I was hanging out with my mother so I wasn’t there to freak out.
We decided to have our bar designed at Lowe’s because we didn’t really know what we were doing with regards to cabinet size.  I think you can go to Home Depot too but they didn’t seem to intelligent when we tried to compare prices.  They completely designed our kitchen with stock cabinets and our input.
Next, we had to decide on all of the details.  That was actually the hardest part.  Lowe’s was actually having a deal where grade E granite was the price of the solid surface I liked.  Score!
Granite counters
One of my requirements was that we got a wine fridge for the bar but that didn’t seem practical because what do you do with the mixers?  We ended up finding a unit that was half beverage center and half wine fridge!  It was from Costco online if you are in need of one too.
Enough of the nice photos, after we picked everything out, it was time for Eric to install the cabinets and build a stud wall.
Installing Cabinets
It was actually starting to look better.  I was actually becoming confident that he would complete the project at this time!
Did you notice that there isn’t anything behind the cabinets facing the center of the room?  Because you should have!  I made a wine cork wall, yes it is my ONLY contribution to this project.  And yes I will let everyone know it!
There was actually a reason behind our decision for the wine cork wall:
  1. I LOVE wine
  2. People can kick the wall with their feet and not scratch it
  3. If they do ruin it and lets say a cork falls off, I can just open/drink a bottle of wine and glue it on
I was convinced after discovering those three things.
Wine Cork wall
Awesome right?!  You know you want to zoom in…
Wine cork bar
I was so happy with the way it turned out!

Okay back to Eric who should have the center of attention.  After we put that up, he had to tile.

He has a picture of his dad tiling so he wanted one of himself too.

How to tile
After the tile was finished, we just had to wait for the counters to be measured and installed!
Check out more pictures of the final basement!
DIY Wet Bar
I just love it and I am so proud of Eric for doing everything!
Note: Since Eric was the one to do this project, if you have any questions that I won’t be able to answer post them below and I will have him respond to them!
Happy Crafting!