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DIY Halloween String Art

Candy, pumpkin carving, costumes…what’s not to love?  I adore Halloween, and so my family and I have begun our decorating and costume planning. Pinterest has been taken over by string art, and it’s no surprise why. It’s a simple and inexpensive way to add some DIY art and texture to your home. My girls have been so excited about the chance to help with this DIY Halloween String Art Project.

Create your own Halloween masterpiece with string. Let your creativity flow with DIY Halloween String Art.

Halloween String Art

Supplies needed:

  • 3 wood plaques (mine were around $1 each)
  • orange paint and paintbrush
  • hammer and nails (use nails with a larger head to keep string from constantly slipping off)
  • string, yarn, or embroidery floss
  • BOO template

Directions:

Step 1:  Paint the wood and let it dry.

Create your own Halloween masterpiece with string. Let your creativity flow with DIY Halloween String Art.

Step 2:  To make my BOO template, I found a font I liked on my computer and printed out the letters. I trimmed the letters down a little, but didn’t waste time by cutting the letters out perfectly.

Create your own Halloween masterpiece with string. Let your creativity flow with DIY Halloween String Art.

Step 3:  Using the template as a guide, I hammered the nails to form the outside and inside of the letters. Work one section at a time for best access to middle areas. My helper handed me nails one at a time, but hammering should be done by adults. Just as a note: her hand was broken prior to this project. I promise it was not my poor carpentry skills.

Create your own Halloween masterpiece with string. Let your creativity flow with DIY Halloween String Art.Step 4:  Remove the template by carefully tearing away the paper. The nails should be pretty secure within the wood so I didn’t have to stress about pulling them out.

Create your own Halloween masterpiece with string. Let your creativity flow with DIY Halloween String Art.Step 5:  Starting stringing! This is where my girls took over. Being random is more challenging for me than it is for them, so it probably turned out better than I would have done myself! Keep an eye on younger string artists to ensure that they don’t cover the sections that should be left blank (like the inside of the O’s). Just unravel the string if a mistake was made or if you just don’t like the look of a section.

Create your own Halloween masterpiece with string. Let your creativity flow with DIY Halloween String Art.Step 6:  I wanted my art to hang on the wall, so I added glittery ribbon to the back of each. Then using 3M Command Hooks, I hung them on the wall.

Create your own Halloween masterpiece with string. Let your creativity flow with DIY Halloween String Art.Holidays are a great time to let your creativity flow. Get out your needle and thread, duct tape, or bedazzler…and get ready to impress everyone, including Martha Stewart, with your Halloween creativity!

Create your own Halloween masterpiece with string. Let your creativity flow with DIY Halloween String Art.

About Melanie

My name is Melanie. I love glitter, my family, and making lists.

Comments

  1. 1

    Very cute and creative!

  2. 2

    How cute! You could do similar ones for so many different holidays, occasions or get togethers.

  3. 4

    Oh that is so clever! And it looks fantastic! I bet you get a lot of compliments on those when people come to visit! So festive!

    • 5

      My younger daughter brought one of the letters to school with her because she was so proud. Her teacher was very complimentary, but a little baffled at first! They definitely make more sense as a set.

  4. 6

    That is really cool, you can do this for so many different holidays with different words and colors. Love it!

  5. 7

    We love Halloween at our house, too! Your decorations are bootiful!!! How fun to have little hands involved…all the more enjoyable!

  6. 9

    This is SO cute. I think I need to do it with my girls! thanks for sharing

  7. 11

    Okay this is really cool, and so affordable to make. Probably cheaper then going out and buying the cheap premade stuff.

    • 12

      The total project cost me less than $10, which includes the plaques, nails, string, and paint. I have a mixture of premade stuff and homemade in my house, but the homemade stuff is what makes our house feel festive.

  8. 13

    I love the creativity behind this, and it’s something I think I could do with the kids too. It makes such an adorable decoration.

  9. 15

    How cute! How long did it take to make them?

  10. 17

    How cool is this!! What a great craft for Halloween.

  11. 18

    Melanie. This is great. I’m going to do with Ava and Chloe.

    • 19

      If Chloe is struggling, try cutting out a spider shape or something else spooky from thick paper. Then punch holes along where you’d like her to string & she can lace it. Harper made a great outline for the letters, but needed guidance on going back and forth across nails.

  12. 20

    That is really pretty!

  13. 21

    Love it! That is really unique and it looks like a web!

  14. 23

    That is super cute! I think I’d like to make something like that for Fall saying “thanks” or for Christmas saying “Merry”!

  15. 25

    This is adorable and such a creative idea!

  16. 26

    Ooh a craft I can do! Absolutely love this

  17. 27

    I wonder if my daughter would like wrapping the string.

  18. 28

    I love how it looks like a spider web.

  19. 30

    I just love this! It’s not only super cute, but looks fun to make.

    • 31

      It is! The hammering became a little tedious, but then I got to sit on the couch with my kids to help with the stringing. That was the best part!

  20. 32

    This is a great craft idea and I especially like the fact that the project will last for years to come!

    • 33

      It’s very durable. My nail heads were almost non-existent so I’ll have to be careful when packing it away to make sure the string doesn’t slip off.

  21. 34

    This is so cool! I just love how easy it is too!

  22. 35

    That is adorable! I love that it is Halloween craft time!!

  23. 37

    Those are cute. You could do that with NOEL at Christmas, too.

  24. 39

    That is really cute! It’s different then others I’ve seen too!!

  25. 40

    That is so cute and look so easy to do.

  26. 41

    That’s really cool! I love it!

  27. 42
    Stacy Schott says:

    Love this! Looks super easy!

  28. 43

    OMGosh! That’s so freaking cool and I bet my kids would love to make something like this for Halloween!

  29. 44

    That is SUCH a cute idea! I don’t trust myself with a hammer but I may enlist hubby’s help & try this out!

    • 45

      The string art is pretty forgiving. Very few of my nails were nailed perfectly straight. But grab the hubby anyway; a family project makes it even more fun!

  30. 46

    This is adorable!

  31. 47

    So cute! I may have to try this!

  32. 48

    That’s a very cute and fun idea for halloween!

  33. 49

    This project is so cute and looks easy to do! I can see this hanging in my front entrance as we speak. Can’t wait to try it out!

  34. 50

    What a cute craft idea for Halloween!

  35. 51

    These are awesome!!! i want to do this with my little ones!

  36. 52

    Oh, my goodness — that is absolutely adorable!!!!!

  37. 53

    very clean cute and creative art luv it

  38. 54

    Love! So spidery. 🙂

  39. 55

    That is so neat! My kids love doing stuff like that!

  40. 56

    This is incredibly creative, I love it.

  41. 57

    Oh I love these! You are so very talented. This looks really fun – I just might have to made these!

  42. 58

    I love these! Such an affordable craft with a big BANG.

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