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Making a Twine Letter

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I definitely underestimated the time and effort that went into this project.

I decided that I wanted to make a simple twine-covered letter to add some texture and dimension to my bedroom. Of all the projects I have done so far, I thought for sure, this would be the easiest one. I sat down with my twine, hot glue gun and giant cardboard letter and popped in a movie. Three weeks and 12 movies later, I finally finished the project.

Now, I was probably trying to be an overachiever when I picked out the largest letter I could. So depending on the size of letter or object and the width of your twine, you could cut this time down dramatically.

This project is…

easy?   Yes.

extremely tedious and time-consuming?   SURPRISE! Yes.

What you need:

I made a couple stops at my local hardware store and craft stores for these items:

  1. Twine (They come in varying widths-the thicker the twine, the quicker you’ll finish)
  2. Hot glue gun
  3. Hot glue sticks
  4. Cardboard letter (or wine bottle, frame, etc.)
  5. Scissors

Step 1: Prep the space

Pop in a movie, plug in your glue gun and put it on a durable paper plate, get out your twine and scissors and decide where you want to start the twine on your object.

Unfortunately, my name starts with a W, which I believe is probably the most time-consuming letter (although I found that going around curves can be very tricky as well).

Step 2: Hit play on your movie and start your twining.

For the W I found that starting at the top, outside and working my way down and back up the middle was the easiest thing to do.

I applied a strip of glue and pushed the twine into the glue until it was dry. I found that I only needed to apply glue sparingly as I wrapped the twine around the cardboard.

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Step 3: What to do when you run into a curve or asymmetrical space:

You’ll notice at the top of the W there is a ridge (serif) that wouldn’t allow me to keep applying the twine all the way around the letter so I just had to do some weaving back and forth until I could again start wrapping the letter all the way down the staff to the bottom.

At the bottom, when I could no longer wrap the twine around the left part of the W alone, I started wrapping it around the entire bottom of the letter until I reached the bottom. I then cut the twine and started again at the top middle and worked my way back down the letter until I reached an area that couldn’t be seen on the back and cut and connected the twine to where I had left off.

Step 4: Just keep going:

I had to take breaks and just do a little at a time until I completed the project. The key is to be patient.

When you finish, you have a masterpiece that will last forever. You can also tell your house guests that you would compare finishing this project to something along the lines of climbing Mt. Everest.

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Whitney Daulton
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Whitney is the art director at NRHA and oversees the development, branding and design for all of the association’s magazines, marketing campaigns and websites. She spends a lot of time with her staff looking for new ideas to keep the association up to speed with the latest design trends and technology. She enjoys spending time in the cultural district, downtown Indianapolis finding unique items at small shops, trying local restaurants and biking or walking her two small dogs on the trails around the city. Her love of downtown convinced her to move into a vintage townhouse apartment with her best friend just a couple blocks from her favorite shops in the area. Living so close to shopping and fine dining has made a dent in her budget, but Whitney still looks for ways to make her apartment warm and inviting. White walls are forbidden in her household, so she has been using her weekends to update the apartment without spending a lot of money and sticking to the boundaries of her lease agreement. Not always easy. She believes that color and style are the keys to a happy, comfortable home!

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