Adorable String Art Crafts

Update a seventies craft classic with fresh designs and a technique that's short on fussiness and long on fun.

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How to Make String Art

Photo by Aaron Dyer

How to Make String Art

You Will Need:
Scrap paper or one of our templates (see below)
Wood plaque (for the star, we used an 8-inch-square "wood canvas" from Michaels)
Tape
Hammer and 1-inch decorative nails
String

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How to Make String Art

Photo by Aaron Dyer

How to Make String Art

1. On a piece of paper the same size as the wood, draw your template -- or print one of ours. Tape the paper to your plaque.
2. Hammer nails through the paper and into the wood along the lines of the design. Leave about three quarters of each nail sticking up and try to have the nails all at the same height. Tear away the paper when you're done.
3. Tie the end of a length of string to a nail and wrap from nail to nail. Finish by cutting the string and tying it to another nail. Add other colors of string as desired.

Originally published in the November 2013 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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Go for a Spin

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Go for a Spin

For the Spirograph-like shape at left, you'll be using a more advanced technique that involves counting nails. On a 12-inch plaque, hammer 31 nails equidistantly around a circle (see the first slide to download a template). Tie a string to one nail. Pick a number, let's say 9, then, moving clockwise, count around the circle and wrap the string around the ninth nail. Count 9 more nails, wrap the string, and continue in this manner until you've wrapped every nail in the circle. Tie off the string. Add layers by selecting a new number and repeating the process.

Originally published in the November 2013 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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More Ideas

Photo by Aaron Dyer

More Ideas

For a quick project, place nails only at the corners of a block letter and trace the outline with string (see example at left).

More tips:
-- For a colored base, paint the panel with craft paint and let it dry before hammering the nails.
-- Thin, colorful string, twine, or yarn are good choices for winding. We used cord made of bamboo, available at craft stores.
-- Use more nails per inch for curved lines, fewer for straight lines.

Originally published in the November 2013 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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