My DIY string art for kids is the perfect craft for those rainy or extra hot days when you and the kids just want to stay inside. This is a great craft for older and younger kids alike. You will have more hands on with the younger ones, but they will enjoy this project just the same. I love when a child’s artwork and craft projects can actually be displayed and not shoved into a closet. These string art pieces were actually made by my kids and are the perfect addition to their rooms. Come along as I show you how to make these great pieces of art with your kids.
- 12 x 12 x 1 Unfinished Wood Panel
- Assorted Nails (One package per project)
- Baker’s Twine, String or Yarn (For the tractor we used black and white baker’s twine plus black yarn. For the “R” initial we used blue and white baker’s twine.)
- Acrylic Craft Paint in your choice of colors
- Paint Brush
- Computer and Printer
Step 2. In the meantime, have your kids paint the board in the color of their choice.
Step 3. After the board is completely dry, add the paper to the board, making sure it is centered and straight. Add two nails around the edge of your image and through the paper to hold into place. Be sure to use the nails with the large head that come in the package referenced above. Do NOT put the nail all the way into the board. The nails should stick up so you can wrap the string around them.
Step 4. Use a pencil to mark approximately every 1/2 inch all the way around your image.
Step 5. Older kids can now take over and nail on every pencil mark. Again, make sure they are using the nails with the heads and that they make sure all of the nails are poking out of the board at the same height.
Step 6. When you are finished inserting the nails, it will look like the picture below. If you have younger children, please do the nailing for them and allow them to work on the string in just a minute. NOTE: We decided not to add nails to the inside of the tires on this image. My son did all of this nailing himself and was so proud. Yes, there are some that look crooked. In the final product it really does not matter so just go with it. Kids crafts are full of imperfections so resist your urge to correct.
Step 8. Young and old alike will love adding string around the nails. In and out, around, zig zag, any combination they can come up with! Start on any nail and knot your string. Then work it around until you are happy and knot it off on your last nail as well. Make sure to keep the string taught in order to get the proper results.
Step 9. We found that adding string around the edge, as well as in the center, made everything look better. See the tire above and the one below. The amount of string you use is totally up to the little artist. You can see that my son used a bunch of baker’s twine on his tractor.
Grab your string, board, and nails and get started today. Your kids will love seeing their art take shape as they wrap string around those nails. You might even use this tutorial to make your own string art. What image will you use?