Frequently Asked Questions

What the heck is string art?
Great question! String art is a new spin on old art.  It's simple, really.  Find a pattern or picture you like and you hammer nails around the outline.  Wrap string around it to make oh-so-pretty artwork for your home. Now, it sounds simple but there are a few tricks and secrets we can help you with to make it as easy as pie!  Your instructor will have dozens of string colors to make it completely unique.  It takes a lot of supplies and we have them all for you - easy peasy!

What the heck is a 3D laser cut sign or a Design-a-Sign Workshop?
Our brand new workshops are so much fun!  The sign lettering is cut out of wood and is 1/4 of an inch tall. We use Dixie Belle Chalk Paints to paint the design, paint the back board and paint the frame.  We attach the lettering to the sign and use a nail gun to attach the frame.  Our paints are VOC free and this is a relaxing and fun activity!  Your sign will be perfect!

I am NOT crafty, artsy or good at coloring in the lines.  Can I do this?
YES!  Anyone can create awesome signs with the right directions and guidance.  We find most people steer clear of trying it because it requires a lot of prep work.  We did all the prep for you so if you can follow directions, you're good to go!

Tell me everything I need to know about an adult workshop...
1. Choose a date for your workshop by sending us an email.
2. We will set up an unique workshop registration link and send you a confirmation email to spread the word.  
3. You must have a minimum of  8 paid guests at your workshop at our studio.  If you want us to come to you, we have a 10 person minimum and a $25-$50 travel fee.
4. If you have more than 10 paid guests, your workshop fee is refunded!  
5. Each guest registers and pays online prior to the workshop.
6. At the workshop, everyone chooses their design that day.  Then, we create the artwork from start to finish with full assistance from an instructor.  
7. Sorry, kids under 6 are not allowed at workshops or in the studio. This includes infants. (it’s noisy!).

I want to host a birthday party for my child!  Give me the details.
Children's workshops are a great way to do a crafty party!  We suggest ages 8 and up for any workshop, unless there is parent supervision for each child.  We offer pre-nailed boards (great for ages 8+) for $25 each and nail-yourself boards (ages 10+) for $20 each.  We require a minimum of 8 guests and you will have 2 hours to complete your design. You can bring your own cake and drinks, too!  Pattern options are located on our patterns page (click here). Workshops include full instruction, unlimited string colors and all the supplies necessary.  Email us to reserve your date!

I want to host a Sips & Strings  or a Design-a-Sign Workshop. Where are you located?
Your can find us in Valley Junction - 232 5th Street, West Des Moines. Our entrance is accessible and we have parking in the front and back. We provide everything - you need table space for each person.  We do not travel at this time for our paint sign workshops.

I want to host a workshop at my bar, restaurant, store or business!  How do I do that?
We'd love that.  We can create a special design, especially for your workshop, too.  Email us and we'll make it happen.

How long do workshops last?
Most Sips & Strings™  and Design-a-Sign workshops are about 3 hours in length.  We will start and end on time so we suggest your guests arrive 10 minutes early so we have plenty of time to create.

Is the workshop loud?
YES!  At our string art workshops, we are hammering nails for at least 30 minutes so it can be very noisy. You could wear earplugs to help soften the noise level.  If you are renting a space, make sure you check about the noise with the location first.

I want to buy a sign but not one of the designs you have on your site.  Can you do custom work?
Um, yes please!  We love custom orders.  Shoot us an email at with your ideas and we'll send you back a quote.

My kids like this kind of stuff - can they attend the workshops?
Of course!  We offer children's workshops and birthday parties. We recommend this activity for ages 8 and up. Some of our events are for adults only so make sure you look before you register! No small children or infants at any workshop, please.

How do I make my art look as awesome as The Knotty Nail's art?
Practice, my dear!  Come to lots and lots of workshops. The great thing about using string is if you don't like the look, you can undo it and do it again!

UGH! I messed up my design! Will you help me?
We would love to help you!  At your workshop, your instructor will help you if you make a mistake.  If you purchase a DIY kit, take your time because any mistakes have to be fixed by you.  If you break your board while hammering, we will replace it at no charge.

I want to feature The Knotty Nail on my blog, my social media page or my media outlet. Who do I contact?
Send an email to Becky at for all media inquiries.

Do you sell your products wholesale?
Yes!  Send us an email and we'll get you set up.

Tell us about fundraisers and donations!
We budget for a limited amount of fundraisers and donations each year. for Central Iowa causes near and dear to our hearts. We require a valid 501(c)3 certificate and your request in an email to us. If we can make it happen, we’ll respond to your request. All requests must be submitted via email.

I want to open The Knotty Nail in my hometown! Can I get more info?
We are working on this! Please send serious inquires to