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Wood, nails and string... who knew those three ingredients, in just about every garage, can produce such lovely art? While digging around in my hubby's off cuts in the garage I found hours of fun creating an art project that I'm proud to display.

All you need is a piece of wood... weathered, scrap, fine wood, pallet wood, slabs off a fallen tree... anything goes. Sand it down and either varnish it if it's gorgeous, or stain, paint, distress and finish. I had pine off cuts and stained it mahogany after sanding. Then I varnished it.

While it was drying, I sketched out the word I wanted. After playing around with the font and look, I made sure it was the right size for my project. My 'forever' was free hand written, but you could easily write out your word on your computer and print it out in the correct size on plain printer paper. You could then trace it onto tracing paper, which is thinner, but that's not totally necessary, as long as your paper isn't too thick. I copied my word onto tracing paper, which is easy to tear.

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I make little dots along my word, which are evenly spaced, so I know I won't suddenly run out of room with my nails. A thumb-width it perfect and you won't need a tape measure.

It helps to stick your word onto your wood with some masking tape, to prevent it from moving, while you work.

Take your 1 7/8th inch nails and hammer them through your paper into the wood. Try to hammer them evenly, but it's not a train smash if they're a little off in height. You can always tap them in more at the end.

Once you're done, you can tear off your paper. Use tweezers, if some gets stuck under a nail.

Choose whatever string you want and tie the end on the first nail. Make sure it's well-knotted. Then loop your string from nail to nail in a random pattern until you have it shaded enough to stand out. Make sure you use enough tension, so the loops don't come off. At the end, tie the string off in a tight knot.

I use clear nail polish to seal off the knots so they don't unravel.

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Now all that's left is to display your beautiful piece and enjoy!

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Had the most fun tonight with an amazing instructor and many wonderful friends! Three & Me out did themselves with beautiful presentation and amazing craft that I am excited to display in my home! I look forward to another opportunity to craft with Three & Me in the future!

Camas, WA

What an amazing experience! Claire is an incredible instructor and makes these projects so fun and truly easy for those like me who are not artsy! She is extremely organized and everything is so well thought out and ready in advance. I can hardly wait to take more classes in the future. I would highly recommend Three & Me!

Angela H.

Camas, WA

I just went to my first Three & Me workshop. It was a wonderful experience. Claire is a warm hostess and an excellent instructor. Making everyone feel engaged and successful. The materials are top notch and every detail is well thought out. It’s a great escape for a personal creative moment or a fun way to connect with friends and family while expressing your inner artist.

Camas, WA

Such a fun string art class tonight! Claire is a wonderful instructor and everything was so beautiful; the display, the art, the examples, the supplies, the snacks! So fun!

Camas, WA

This is truly a fun night out! Claire's instruction is helpful, humorous and fun! I love how she allowed us options to be creative and put our own twist on our projects. There is a lot of attention to detail with the set-up, supplies and refreshments which did not go unnoticed.  I can't wait for the next project!

What a fun evening! Claire has thought of every detail and guides you step by step through the whole process! She is such an encourager and makes you feel like you have just made a masterpiece! I highly recommend her classes! I can't wait to take another one!

Camas, WA

I had such a fun evening! Three & Me had everything presented beautifully and organized in a way that made it easy to follow along for those of us that aren't necessarily crafters by nature! Thank you for a fun night!

Courtney H.

Camas, WA

Thank you Claire Houlding for an incredible night! It was so much fun creating with Three & Me!

Hollen F.

Camas, WA

You all did such a great job! Claire Houlding what a fun thing you are starting in our community! Love it. So fun to be there tonight!

Jennifer B.

Camas, WA

I craft a lot at home, but doing crafts in a class with friends is so much better. THREE & ME makes it so easy to do the things I am interested in, without having to find the supplies and figure out how to do it on my own. I've just booked my next ladies night with Claire! I can't wait. 

Vancouver, WA

Tonight, a bunch of lucky ladies got to craft along side one of the very best. Claire's heart, is hands done one of the very best and those of us who were there got to create something amazing that we will proudly display in our homes. Many laughs and much fun was had by all. I highly recommend one of Three & Me classes to anyone in the area! Spread kindness around like confetti!!

Lana E.

Camas, WA

Art is not my strength. I don't have a creative bone in my body. So I came to a workshop because my friend made me... and I made something I now love. I was expecting to sit and watch, but landed up getting fully involved! My husband and kids don't believe that I made it myself. I'm coming again and I'm bringing my sister... she's even worse at crafts than me.

Alyson S.

Washougal, WA

We had such a fun girls night out making Christmas signs. Claire did a wonderful job explaining what to do and they turned out great! We are all looking forward to more events!! Thank you!

Kristine A.

Camas, WA

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