This nail art
project shows you how to use a hammer and nails to make a beautiful
Regular nails are hammered into a wood plaque
and painted to look like flowers. The final result is amazing
because the flowers and vase have a three dimensional effect. This
would be a wonderful Mother's Day gift for Mom, or a special gift for
anyone who loves flowers!
This project is a bit more
challenging. An older teenager that is responsible with a
hammer and nails can make one easily, but this project isn't safe for
the younger ones. Other than pounding in the nails, the
artwork needed is very easy, and I explain how to do everything step by
Nail art requires a variety of nails. You will need
several with large heads on them (I used seven). Use some
tiny short nails, and some medium length nails.
2. Begin to pound the nails into the wood using a hammer. It
is important to take your time and pound lightly, and be sure the nail
goes in straight. If it starts to go crooked, stop and fix
the angle by tapping the nail on the side. You want the nails
to be different heights in the wood for the 3D effect. Begin
by tapping in one of your your largest head nails
first, right where you want to center of your bouquet to be.
This will be the center to work around. Next, start to hammer
in all of your shortest nails. Just scatter them
around the large nail, where you want the bouquet to be.
3. Next, pound in the medium height nails, and scatter them
throughout the bouquet. End with your tallest
nails. Here are photos of the placement I used for my nail
art, and a side view to show you the various heights.
4. Spray paint the entire wood plaque black. You will
probably need a couple coats to cover everything enough. Make
sure the wood between the nails, and the sides of the nails themselves,
all get covered in black. Allow this to dry well.
5. To paint the flowers on your nail art, use the back of
your paintbrush and dip it in some acrylic paint. Use the
back of the paintbrush to make dots for the petals. I used
the color red, then made a lighter shade and darker shade of red by
adding in a little white and black. I used yellow paint for
the middle of the flowers. The very tiny nail heads can just
be painted over with one color, since they are too small to actually
paint a flower on them.
6. Use some green paint and add some greenery in the
background, or none at all... this is your personal creation!
7. For the vase, cut the cork in half lengthwise using a
razor blade. Then paint the cork with acrylic paint and allow
to dry. When it is dry, you can hot glue this to the bottom
of the flower bouquet.
8. When the nail art plaque is dry, you can add a picture
hanger to the back for hanging.
Try This Variation:
by Linda (Big Bend, WI)
Linda submitted this photo, of a very similar type of art work done in
the 1970's. In her own words:
"I am attaching a picture of something I made back in High School (the
1970's). Nails and tacks were hammered into a wooden rooster plaque. I
am looking to make something again similar to this but I cant find a
pattern anywhere. Your's is the closest thing I have found. Does anyone
have any ideas where I could find more patterns? I'm not looking for
string art though. Any leads would be greatly
appreciated. Please leave
any comments or ideas below. Thank you very much!"