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String Art Craft

I’ve been wanting to make myself a string art Oklahoma since I fell in love with my adopted state…this year. Yes, I’ve lived here 17 years but I only just now came under its latent—or obvious—charm.

The kidlets are working on string art this afternoon. Here is what you need to get started.

String Art Craft

Shapes or patterns. I got patterns for the kids from this website. There are a ton of them available, as well as more in depth, numerical instructions. I like giving free reign, to see what they’ll come up with, and to give chances to problem solve.

You’ll need: 

  • patterns
  • embroidery floss
  • small nails
  • hammer
  • wood or foam board
  • patience … can’t buy this at the craft store (sadly)

I purchased a pre-cut board and oiled it with b

asic, already-in-your-kitchen cooking oil. You can use mineral oil or veggie oil, or stain or acrylic paint. I wanted it very plain and simple.

When you have your working surface how you want it, tack nails around the exterior of your template or according to the patterns. You’ll want to sink the nails in so that they will stand up to the twisting of thread.

Tie a knot around one of the nails and begin winding. I found that if I wrapped at an angle and wound so that the thread would pass again in front of the nail, the thread would be more secure.

If you run out of floss, simply tie another piece onto the tail and continue to wind until the image looks the way you’d like. Or tie on another color.

At the end, use a small dab of clear drying glue to keep the final tail tucked down into the other threads.

 

I'm a Pittsburgh transplant in Tulsa, OK, where I live with my husband of 17 years and our 3 wild things. They are 14, 12 and 8. I keep my feet, fingers and head busy running, crafting and writing. My first book, "Run With Me: An Accidental Runner and the Power of Poo," is available on amazon and b&n.