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MAKE IT :: String Art Tutorial

String art is another one of those ’70’s crafts (like macrame hanging planters) that is experiencing a contemporary makeover. Forget the brown and orange swirly patterned string art from the ’70s! Random geometric shapes, an ombre effect and the inclusion of type bring string art right up to date. I created this tutorial as a fun, contemporary and low-cost way to add art to your walls – just follow the step-by-step instructions and you’ll have a gorgeous new art piece ready to hang in an afternoon.

the red thread string art thread

My tutorial includes a printable template so there’s no need for you to do the tricky bit of calculating and measuring for the nail placement. I created this string art tutorial as one of my craft projects for Crafttuts+, so head over there for the detailed instructions and the template.

the red thread string art template

the red thread string art side view

the red thread string art complete

I’m so happy to start the new year of craft tutorials off with this string art – I’m love how it turned out and it was so much fun to make. What do you think? Are you going to give it a try?


  • http://Dudleyredhead.blogspot.com Tara

    You are just toooooo cool (for school). Did this idea just strike you one evening? Amazing.

    • the red thread

      Haha, thanks Tara! I have too many ideas and not enough time. Wouldn’t it be great if we could do what we wanted and not have to worry about earning a crust?

  • Amanda

    You knock my socks off -your generosity knows no bounds! I would love to have a go at this…but as with all that you create your eye is so good – that I know mine wouldn’t turn out as well – the way you have ombred the colors is genius – I couldn’t do that- it would end up looking hokey. I will be content to marvel at yours!

    • the red thread

      Oh thanks Amanda, that’s so lovely of you! Please, please try it – you might surprise yourself. With the template and instructions I’m sure you could make it look fabulous. The great thing is that you can undo it as you go if you aren’t happy, and the ombre is easy to create by just adding more and more layers of string until you think it’s done. Have a go 😉

  • http://elisabethandree.posterous.com Elisabeth Andrée

    Stunning idea! Thank you so much for the (very clear) tutorial!

    • the red thread

      Thanks Elisabeth, and you’re welcome!

  • Hannah

    Hey this is so great! But what did you use to put the pins in? Would love to try this! x

    • the red thread

      Hey Hannah, I’m glad you like it. I have supplied all the detailed information and step by step instructions – just read the text for the link and you’ll be set!

  • http://maximiliangriesser(facebook) max

    Sry for my grammar i’m a 12 years old boy and came from austria

    PS: your side is great

  • Jesse

    This is so amazing! Can NOT wait to try this!!!!! Hugs and kisses to you!

    • the red thread

      Oh thanks so much Jessie! I love your enthusiasm and I’m happy to hear that you are going to make it. Thanks x

  • http://www.artetextilbrasil.blogspot.com Nadia Rezende

    I loved it!

    • the red thread

      Yay! thanks Nadia.

  • http://www.papercutsongs.etsy.com Lilach

    WOW ! I love it :) thanks

  • http://www.papercutsongs.etsy.com Lilach

    WOW ! I love it :) thanks

  • Vaishali

    This is Awesome!!!! You are sooooooooooo… talented and soooooooooooooooo… generous with sharing your ideas!!

    • the red thread

      Oh thanks so much Vaishali, you’re too sweet!

  • Jess

    I love this!!! I’m going to make it over the weekend! :) What kind of string did you use?

    • the red thread

      Hi Jess! Great, I’m happy to hear that you’re going to make it. Email me a photo! If you click through to the tutorial I’ve itemised all the materials.

  • Tamara

    Great post!
    I was wondering if I could order a string art piece from you?
    I live in Dubai, and would take care of shipping etc
    Look forward to hearing from you
    Warm REgards

  • Nat Fco

    I absolute LOVE IT! the colors are awesome!