String butterfly

String Art

String art is easy to make with yarn and has a three-dimensional feeling. This string butterfly and flower look like they are actually leaping off the background.

String flower

What You'll Need:

  • 8×8-inch square of wood
  • 29 small nails
  • Hammer
  • Pencil
  • Colored yarn or string
  • Blunt scissors
  • Markers

Step 1: Have an adult hammer the nails into the wood base, placing them as shown in the illustrations to make a butterfly and a flower.

Step 2: Following the illustrations, pencil in a number next to each nail. This will be your guide when you start to string the design.

Step 3: To string the butterfly, tie one end of the yarn to Nail 1. String the yarn from Nail 1 to Nail 20, and then bring the yarn back up to Nail 2 and down to Nail 19.

Step 4: Continue stringing the yarn using the butterfly illustration as your guide. Once you're finished, tie the yarn to Nail 11. Trim off excess yarn.

Step 5: To make the flower, tie one end of the yarn to Nail 1. String the yarn from Nail 1 to Nail 5, and then from Nail 5 to Nail 9, and from Nail 9 to Nail 4.

Step 6: Continue stringing, using the flower illustration as your guide. When you come back to Nail 1, tie the yarn to the nail. Trim off excess yarn.

After you've finished stringing, use markers to draw a stem and leaves for the flower and a head, body, and antennae for the butterfly.

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