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

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?


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

    • the red thread the red thread says:

      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?

  2. 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 the red thread says:

      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 ;)

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

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

    • the red thread the red thread says:

      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!

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

    PS: your side is great

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

    • the red thread the red thread says:

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

  7. I loved it!

  8. WOW ! I love it :) thanks

  9. WOW ! I love it :) thanks

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

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

    • the red thread the red thread says:

      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.

  12. Hi!
    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

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