This project not only covers creativity and patriotism but if you let the kids help out you will be building fine motor skills, hand eye coordination, and including an art lesson. While it seems complicated, if you follow the template you will have a beautiful piece to show your American pride! Have fun making your patriotic string art craft!
-mine is an old pallet and measures about 5.5″ x 11″
Embroidery floss in red, white and blue
-I use 3/4″ to 7/8″ nails with a larger head on them. I picked up a 2 ounce package at Walmart for a buck!
Black Acrylic Paint or a Sharpie
-The paint I used was Apple Barrel Noir (black) color
Pattern, printed on 8.5 x 11 paper (or larger if you’d like to make modifications) Click to download
I started with a different pattern (as shown) and realized it was virtually impossible to create because my lines were too close together. Therefore I modified the pattern as I went and changed the pattern to match the finished piece (actually the lines are farther apart on the pattern because it’s way too hard to get your fingers in there to add nails!)
Begin with your wood (sanding it if necessary, or even painting it to match your tastes!) on a flat surface and center your pattern. Tape to the board if necessary. Drive a few nails into your board to hold the pattern.
Begin by pounding your nails into the board following the pattern. I start at the top or left and move right. Place the nails about 1/2″ apart and drive them about 1/3 of the way into the wood. When finished, pound every nail down, checking to see if it’s pretty even. Now WASH YOUR HANDS! Depending on the nails you got, they will most likely be filthy.
Remove the pattern by lifting UP and AWAY from the wood and then tear apart/off. Remove any specks of paper with tweezers.
Now you’re ready to string your board. Unwrap and unwind a few feet (say three) of embroidery floss. Do not separate the strands. You will use all six strands. Tie the string around a nail with a double knot. I usually start around the top or left side. Begin to zig zag the string across the nails, back and forth, up and down, all around. There’s no wrong way. Add as much or as little string as you’d like. Your grip will slip and your string will unravel at some point, so every fifth nail or so, wrap the string all the way around the nail head and pull tight.
Once you are happy with your stringing, return to the area you started. Now you need to begin your border. You’ll start with the inside or the outside border, it doesn’t matter. Wrap the string around a nail head and carry it to the next nail head, wrap it around that nail head and continue to the next and so-on. Once you return to your starting point, reverse direction and do the outside (or inside) of the outline. When finished, tie the strings together in a double knot.
When outlining the star, i suggest doing the star first and then the outer circle. That way your string will end on the outside where you started.
For more July 4th & Patriotic ideas, check out a few posts from my favorite bloggers:
- Patriotic Mini Berry Tarts by Confessions of an Overworked Mom
- Patriotic DIY Candy Dish by A Mom’s Take
- How to Host a 4th of July Parade by Mom on the Side
- Patriotic Pudding Cups by Better in Bulk
- Perfect Southern Sweet Tea by Greta’s Day
- DIY Beaded Flag Charm Craft for Kids by Cait’s Beauty Blog
- Patriotic Red, White and Blue Mason Jar Planters by Home and Garden Cafe
- Cherry Vanilla Cupcakes by Our Family World
- Crockpot Bean Mix by Day by Day in Our World
- Treats for your 4th of July Cookout by Momma D Jane
- Patriotic Wine Glass Charms by Style on Main
- Greek Pasta Salad, a simple summer side by About a Mom
- Beet and Blueberry Salad by Upstate Ramblings
- Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwiches by Mom Does it All