Retro String Art Decorations

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DIY Retro Christmas String Art Decorations

Everything old is new again! Today’s teenage crafters will fall in love with this updated version of an old craft. Retro String Art Decorations also make great ornaments for the Christmas Tree. It’s never to early or late to get started.

Teachers: Think about adding this project to your STEM discussions.

Trivia: String art has its origins in the ‘curve stitch’ activities invented by Mary Everest Boole at the end of the 19th century to make mathematical ideas more accessible to children. It was popularised as a decorative craft in the late 1960s through kits and books. Source: Wikipedia – String Art

  • 4 colored skill sticks (skill sticks are popsicle sticks with grooves in them)
  • Coats and Clark ½ skein embroidery floss or 4 yards yarn
  • Glass or plastic beads
  • Elmer’s® Glue-All®
  • 24” clear fishing line
  1. Tie one end of embroidery floss to one corner of frame with a square knot. Dot knot with glue. Wrap floss around sticks according to numbered chart. Wrap floss down at corner, then up under stick. Continue wrapping the next section. Wrap two remaining sections. Knot floss end with starting thread.
  2. Cut a 24” length of clear fishing line. Thread beads on string end. Wrap end 3-4” tail around last bead and tie a knot. Thread remaining tail through beads. Tie a knot above beads. Cut tail. Center beads in string art ornament. Tie fishing line to top corner. Tie a hanging loop in fishing line end.

String Art Using Yarn
Use yarn instead of embroidery floss for another interesting effect. Beads can be added to the ending string and used as the hanging loop.


Click on a pattern to open it in a new window to print




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3 thoughts on “Retro String Art Decorations”

  1. Linda M. says:

    can’t find the numbered chart I’m supposed to follow. Please respond as I need kids to make this craft for a VBS program. Thank you.

    • Betty Bose says:

      Ok you should be able to see them now. When we updated our site some projects didn’t transfer properly. Hope this helps

      • Linda M. says:

        Thank you Betty…I just printed out the instructions and have made one as a sample for my kids. I hope it’s not too challenging for 3-6 graders…but it doesn’t have to be perfect…just fun! Thanks so much!

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