Easy String Art for Beginners 

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If you want to create DIY crafts and art with endless designs, patterns and colors, string art is a perfect way to do it. This is an easy, loving and fun project for the whole family that doesn’t require special skills, so it is suitable for all ages. Since the holiday season is knocking on the door, string art can be a perfect gift for loved ones or even for decorating our walls and rooms with it.

Back in 1800s, parents and teachers used string art as a tool to teach children basic mathematics. Mary Everest Boole invented this curve stitching, and her teaching method became known as Bezier curve. In the 1960s, together with hippie culture came string art to express one’s creativity through DIY crafts and arts. It remains popular even nowadays as the most aesthetically pleasing art form, thus producing many popular artists who brought string art to another level.

Materials and Supplies to Start With String Art

Since the possibilities of making string art are endless, so are supplies you can use in sense of color, strings, threads, wood boards, etc. We will list some of the materials, supplies and tips for beginner string artists.

1.Wooden Board

Wooden board is the basis for string art since it is the place where the final product is placed on. Make sure to purchase a solid piece of wood that isn’t open in the back. This can cause a problem because it will be hard to get the nails to go into the center. Also, if buying a wooden board at the DIY store, you can paint it in a different color depending on the project and make it look nicer. Color it with spray paint or use regular paint and brush.

2. Nails

Nails make inevitable part of string art and the number of nails you will use depends on the size of the project. Linoleum nails are a good choice for this type of DIY project, and it is also preferable to use shorter nails, 1 inch. Generally, we can use any nail size depending on how many times we wish to wrap our string. Sometimes longer nails can stick out in the back of the board or stick up on the front. We should pay attention to spacing the nails, so the string isn’t too apart or too close.

3. Scissors

They are part of most art projects, so it is no different with this one too. We use them to cut cords at the preferable size.

4. Pattern

String art pattern is basically the outline of the project. Search for the pattern online or draw it yourself, depending on the project type. For example, you can fold a piece of paper in half, draw half a heart, cut following the line and open it.

Some of the patterns and ideas for the project can include Christmas projects, Valentine’s Day gifts, Halloween elements, flowers, butterflies, animals, sunflowers, trees, etc. Many of these projects are great for kids since they don’t require special skills, are easy to make and are a great way to gather for quality family time.

Side note: Try to use patterns with simple and straightforward outlines.

5. String

It is very hard to state which type of string should be used for creating string art. It depends mostly on the final look you want to achieve and on the pattern itself. People will usually use embroidery floss for delicate pieces, while yarn and thicker threads are used for fashion pieces and accessories. We would highly recommend 20-pound hemp cord spool. Hemp is known to be incredibly strong and easy to work with. It is a sustainable, biodegradable, and eco-friendly craft material.

Tip 1: You have the possibility to use more than one color of the chosen string to fill in the shape of the pattern.

Tip 2: When starting the project, weave the string around the nails clockwise to achieve well-ordered outline. Combination of clockwise and counterclockwise for a wavy line.

6. Other Supplies

  • Marker or pencil to make marks on the wood.
  • The ruler should be wide as a wooden board.
  • A small hammer is preferable. We don’t want to hurt our fingers since nails are usually small.
String Art For Begginers
String Art For Begginers
String Art For Begginers

General Guidelines for Making String Art


Our first goal is to find the perfect image to use as a pattern. There is a broad range of patterns and designs online or you can draw one on your own. We should take the paper design and tape it to the wooden board to make an outline.
This will guide you when hammering nails around it.


Nails should be tapped very lightly and not all the way to the back of your board. How you’ll place the nails is a matter of choice, but some standard spacing is 0.64cm between nails. To prevent hammering our fingers we can use needle nose plier to hold the nails straight. There are also various nails designs, such as colored or gold nails and those with decorative tops.


Now that all nails are hammered and in place, we should remove the paper pattern and start to string. Tie a knot on your first nail by simple overhand knot and leave a little tail to tie everything once you finish the whole design. Various techniques can be used, but if you are a beginner, start from the outline first and then fill in the pattern. If you encounter the corner, wrap the string tightly around that nail. If you want a smoother design, wrap the string around the nails in a clockwise direction.


The next thing is filling the inside of your design. There is no specific technique used here. Move it as you like it. You can crisscross or wrap from nail to nail. 


Tie off the ends if finished and clip the tail, so the end is not visible. Glue the knot a bit if you worry about the knot unraveling.

How To Do DIY String Art: Step-By-Step Video Guide and Tips

After we gather all necessary supplies, tools and materials, the real work starts. In the video we will present you with one easy string art project. We will make a famous Halloween pumpkin to decorate our home for the holiday.
  • Level: Beginner
  • Time needed: 30 minutes to 1 hour
  • Technique: String Art
  • Design: Pumpkin
1.    Get a wooden board of any size you wish and paint it according to the project (we painted it in brown color to emphasize the harvest time and fall season).
String Art image 1
2.    Choose a design (we choose Halloween pumpkin) and print it or draw it on paper.
String Art image 2
3.    Use hammer and nails to outline the chosen pattern.
String Art image 3
4.    Tight the hemp cord to one of the nails and start moving it back and forth on other nails.
String Art image 4
It doesn’t matter which nail you start on because it depends on the style and pattern used. In our guide we moved the string in the clockwise direction, but other options are zigzag or spiral. It all depends on the project, whether it is an easy pattern or a complicated one.

Palm Leaf Pattern String Art

Here is another video on how to practice string art. This time we used a leaf pattern which is again beginner-level. Enjoy!

Cord We Used for String Art Projects

We mentioned above that many kinds of threads could be used to make string art projects. In these two videos we used hemp cord.

Why is this one specific?

This is a #20-pound hemp hord spool. It can be used for many purposes as making greeting cards, crochet, kids school projects, macrame jewelry, etc. Cord is fabricated with perfect thickness, 1mm and ensures sustainability and longevity. It has many important benefits as it is biodegradable, eco-friendly, AZO-free and oil-free. This hemp cord is polished to enhance smoothness and eliminate stray fibers. The cord is available in 20 vibrant colors, which makes it the perfect contender for all your crafting needs.

Why Hemp Over Other Types of Cords?

First, hemp is not just used as a cord for creating art, but its seeds and flowers benefit people’s health and are used in food and body care products. It has a few purposes, industrial, medicinal, and commercial, which people are known to have been using for years.

Nowadays, more and more people realize how environmentally beneficial this plant can be:
  • Hemp can be cultivated on any soil, and at the same time, it produces oxygen while growing. The environment in which hemp grows regenerates while absorbing all toxins from the ground.
  •  Hemp is completely organic, and its growth doesn’t require usage of any pesticides and fertilizers.
  • It is stronger than other natural fibers and UV resistant, which makes it perfect choice for manufacturing clothing, bags and shoes.
  • It is biodegradable and can be composted.