We have had some busy weeks beginning our homeschool year and fall activities. As we are beginning to settle into routine enough to let out a sigh, I suddenly noticed fall is fading and there are only SIX more weeks until Christmas!!!
Now is the perfect time to start planning Christmas projects. Homemade gifts make great presents and keep my excited kids busy.
This fall the littles entered string art projects into the county fair, and all three earned blue ribbons. Although they want their fair entries hanging on their own walls, they are going to make more for grandparent gifts.
Craft materials needed are:
Silver finishing nails
We had an aged board (aka old board dad found somewhere in the garage) that we were able to cut, but pre-cut board can also be purchased at most craft stores. We chose to leave our boards with the natural aged look, but you could choose to paint them.
Each of the littles selected a different design. Little Bear wanted to make a flower, and I found a pattern here. Once the nails were on the board, dad covered the base with utility tape and cut out a stem shape with a box knife. Although I would have probably made a paper stencil from the pattern print out, dads idea worked great and Little Bear was thrilled to paint.Once the paint was dry and tape removed, Little Bear carefully followed the pattern numbers. Using a square knot the string was attached to the first nail, and she went around her pattern approximately three times with the thread. Once finished, the string was tied at the ending nail in a square knot. I put a drop of tacky glue on each knot to assure it stayed secure.
Magoo chose a cross pattern after finding some inspiration here. Dad made a pattern for easy nailing.There was absolutely no order to Magoo’s application of thread as he randomly wrapped it around the nails. He went around several times while carefully scanning his work, before he announced completion to his masterpiece.Columbo’s pattern was the most involved. Using a state print out from here, he carefully added nails using about a 3/8 inch spacer. He added a heart to his selected area, and carefully strung through the state to the heart. Due to the more challenging pattern, he only went through the pattern once. To give more definition, he strung around the outline of the state, and did a random pattern through the heart with a different color of thread.
String art can be incredibly easy. The finished project is a beautiful piece of art that any young artist would be thrilled to give as a gift!!