String Art

Written by Mommy Cameron | Homeschooling

Welcome to a blast from the past.  Today I introduced the boys to the fun and simplicity of making string art.


Foam Board (cut into 10×10 inch square)
short straight pins
sheet of paper

1. Cut your piece of foam board into a 10 inch by 10 inch square.

2. Next, find something circular and trace a circle onto your sheet of paper.  I used a small plate.

3. Cut out the circle that you just traced.  Then fold the circle in half, four times.

4. Take the circle you just created and mark each of the folds.  Then place it onto your 10 x 10 piece of foam board and make a dots on the foam board where you have marked the folds.

5. Place on straight pin on one dot, until your circle is complete.

6. Using your string make a slip knot and place it on one of the pins and tighten the knot.

7. Now it is time to decide how many pins to skip as you move the string around the circle.  Taking the string, skip the desired number of pins and then from the inside of the circle, wrap the string around the desired pin in a circle and then move to the next pin.

This is an example of what your string art will look like if you skip 2 pins.

This is an example of what your string art will look like if you skip 4 pins.

All three boys took some time and tried to make their own string art, however, for some reason I never got a picture of Thing 2.


Not only was this activity a lot of fun it also was a way to tune their fine motor and counting skills.

Have you ever done any string art?


Comments: 1

  1. Gloria says:

    Hi! Greetings from Sunny San Antonio, TX!
    I absolutely love string art. We used to make it with our parents when we were little, during long winter nights (you know, no TV around? we had a TV but my dad always hated watching TV so we would play board games, we would read or make string art or homework!). When we were younger, we used yarn. As we grew older, they let us use wire, like they did. I still remember a couple of the designs we made. i even remember making a blue fish for my… teacher (which grade? 2nd, perhaps?) and I remember how happy she was to receive it.
    So, when I saw this on pinterest, I knew I had to do it with my students (I am 41 yo but I do not have kids of my own). So that’s why I am today writing to you to say thanks and let you know how much I appreciate your time in posting this art idea in your blog.
    Gloria R.