Sometimes ideas hit me with home decor, where it comes out of no where and I nail it with my random idea. I was on my way to a home improvement store to get spray paint for another project. While driving I thought of my fall mantel look I was planning on doing. My typical large blue wall decor did not mesh with it. However to find something I liked, and as big as the space needed for not a lot of money was not going to happen. I kept driving and thinking. Things just fell into place. I decided I should create the art, I have wanted to try string art, but I wanted to incorporate bats. So I decided to combine the two, making the picture two sided. Saves on storage, ease of transition from Halloween into fall decor, and it just a brilliant idea. See, nailed it!
Next, to make the strings be attached and weaved around I needed to have something to anchor it to. Nails would have been the first choice, but the board and batten wood is too thin to have it nailed in. And with this being two sided I could not have the nails go through. So tacks was my next option. I did a trial by pushing them through. They did not go all the way through to the other side, so we had a winner. I ended up using 250 or so tacks. A lot of tacks. Then going along the outlined leaf and pushing in a tack just right next to the previous one. This is really up to personal preference. I liked the look of the tacks, so wanted them to outline the whole leaf. But if I had wanted to have less of them showing using less would have worked for the string art as well.
Once I decided I liked the none pattern… pattern to the bats it was done. I decided to just have this rest on the mantel instead of trying to figure out a way to nail it with both sides being used. Both had to be smooth surfaced and could not have any hangers on them. It sits on the mantel with no issue.
Both of the sides were simple to make, and add such a great visual to my fireplace for this season. Having this large of wall art can get expensive fast, and this is a great way to keep the costs low. DIYing it most of the time will save you a ton of money, and this specific DIY does not even take up a lot of time!