How-to: DIY String Art for Kids

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.

DIY string art - Craft UnleashedSupplies needed to make your own DIY String Art:

Let your kids make great string art for their rooms.  This is the perfect craft for older kids that can handle a hammer.  Let them make this great art for their rooms!  The results are amazing so you won't be disappointed.  Step 1. Choose your image and size it to fit a standard sheet of printer paper.  Print out your image.

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.

Let your kids make great string art for their rooms.  This is the perfect craft for older kids that can handle a hammer.  Let them make this great art for their rooms!  The results are amazing so you won't be disappointed.  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.

Let your kids make great string art for their rooms.  This is the perfect craft for older kids that can handle a hammer.  Let them make this great art for their rooms!  The results are amazing so you won't be disappointed.  Step 7. Now, rip off your paper and you are left with a sea of nails on a painted board.  You are ready for string!

Let your kids make great string art for their rooms.  This is the perfect craft for older kids that can handle a hammer.  Let them make this great art for their rooms!  The results are amazing so you won't be disappointed.  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.

Let your kids make great string art for their rooms.  This is the perfect craft for older kids that can handle a hammer.  Let them make this great art for their rooms!  The results are amazing so you won't be disappointed.  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.

Let your kids make great string art for their rooms.  This is the perfect craft for older kids that can handle a hammer.  Let them make this great art for their rooms!  The results are amazing so you won't be disappointed.  While my daughter seemed to use less on her initial.  It is up to the child and I think both look really great.

Let your kids make great string art for their rooms.  This is the perfect craft for older kids that can handle a hammer.  Let them make this great art for their rooms!  The results are amazing so you won't be disappointed.  Our finished projects are just as unique as the kids themselves!  But I think they both look good enough to be displayed anywhere.

Let your kids make great string art for their rooms.  This is the perfect craft for older kids that can handle a hammer.  Let them make this great art for their rooms!  The results are amazing so you won't be disappointed.  You can now see what I meant about the nails.  They don’t have to be straight and perfect…no one will ever know!  I love a kids craft that you don’t have to hide in the closet.  Don’t you?

diy-string-art-for-kids-007Grab 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?

About Angie

Angie blogs at The Country Chic Cottage where you can find creative crafts, vintage finds, home decor, and DIY all with a little farmhouse flair. Angie has been blogging for over 2 years and is married with three kids. Stop by her blog where you will find everything from small, quick crafts to major furniture and home makeovers. Visit her blog at thecountrychiccottage.net

Comments

  1. Lauriinnc says:

    When my dad and I did this 35+ years ago, we covered the board with black felt before nailing the nails. We also used copper colored nails and thin copper wire. It still looks amazing and hangs in my home!

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