I've been seeing String Art popping up everywhere and decided to try doing an art project with the kids using a heart shape for February.
I went to a home improvement store and they had long 1" X 4" pine boards. I asked a very nice employee to cut my board into 4" lengths.
Next I created a heart pattern and put dots about every 1/4" for the nails. Here is the pattern:
Cut out a heart and tack it to the center of the wood square with a nail. Then go around the heart with the nails. Hammer the nails into the wood carefully, leaving about 1/2" above the board to wind the string around.
Now the board is ready for the kids to paint whatever acrylic color they choose.
Once dry they will choose a coordinating skein of embroidery floss.
First tie one end of the floss to a nail and then wind the string around each nail towards the outside all the way around to create a border.
Now they can choose how to criss cross back and forth across the heart to create an interesting pattern.
They may choose to randomly wind the string across, or do a layered pattern on the diagonal.
This is up to them.
When they are finished simply tie the end of the string in a knot around another nail.
A fun project that will look great on the wall or on a shelf!