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You can make art out of pretty much anything, and that includes even the most mundane of materials, like string and nails. Seriously. That”s all you need to create some surprisingly intricate, professional-looking art.

To make nail art, you first need an outline of your subject. Many people print out an outline and lay it onto a piece of wood. Next, they carefully tap small nails along the outline, right through the paper. When the outline is complete, the paper is torn away. Then string is looped back and forth between the nails, filling in the outline and creating a unique piece of art.

A lot of people opt for something geographic with a personalized twist.

A lot of people opt for something geographic with a personalized twist.

This outline of Arizona was made to look like the state flag. The star represents where the creator is from in the state.

This artist used the Longhorns logo in their little version of Texas.

Adding a heart is a cute way to pay homage to your hometown.

Other people take a more global approach, like the artist who went big with an entire world map. It took over a thousand nails and 150 meters of string to complete.

But the fun doesn”t stop with cartography! You can make just about any image with nail art.

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The different textures on this piece lend a bit of depth to an otherwise simple image.

Strings in different hues can be used to create full-color designs.

Nail art is most effective when using simple, iconic images like this one.

Nail art is most effective when using simple, iconic images like this one.

The other cool thing about nail art is its 3-D effect, which casts interesting shadows

The other cool thing about nail art is its 3-D effect, which casts interesting shadows

You can also spell out messages.

You can also spell out messages.

Sometimes the string itself becomes the focal point by being layered into abstract patterns.

Sometimes the string itself becomes the focal point by being layered into abstract patterns.

If you”re not super confident in your artistic abilities, this might be a great way to indulge your creative side, because you really can”t mess up! However you lay out the string will result in a one-of-a-kind art piece that you can be proud of. With a little help from the grownups, this is also a great rainy-day project for kids.

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