Spiral String Art


Create beautiful spiral string art by cutting out any simple shape that has points.  You can use a snowflake, a flower, or a sun pattern. Click for the printable Spiral String Art Template that I used.  Cut out the pattern on thick paper like card stock or tag board.  Get either yarn or embroidery floss in a variety of colors, a pair of scissors, and some masking or scotch tape.  You can also change the look by using colorful papers or drawing a design on the template form before you start stringing.

First, cut out your shape and gather your other materials.


 Next, tape one end of the string to the back of the shape.


Pull it to the front between one of the crevices.  Begin stringing it around and around in whatever design you wish.

You can go randomly around the shape, or use a pattern.


Here’s a fun pattern to try: Count 3 points over before pulling the string to the back again.  Move the string one crevice over from your original starting point to pull it back to the front, then count out 3 over again to thread it to the back.  You’ll keep following that pattern until you’ve made a complete circle.

 Once the first color is done you tape the other end of the string to the back and start the whole process again with a new color.  You can create new patterns by moving over different numbers of spires with the different colors (for example, instead of moving over 3, move 5 on the 2nd string.)  Or, like my preschooler, Jason, you can choose any ol’ random pattern you like.  


You can repeat it as much as you want with new colors and new spacing to create beautiful string art.


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Go visit our Art Page to find lots more fun art explorations, from cave art to modern art and crafts to free printable art cards. . . a bit of everything for exploring art with your kids.  And if you want to bring out more creativity in your kids, you might like our Creative Kids art units.

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