How to Make Geometric Designs With String


String art is not only fun to make, it's also educational. String art can help students understand geometry and algebra by creating geometric shapes, using lines and angles. With practice, string artists can create a wide range of intricate patterns, designs or pictures.

Things You'll Need

  • Board
  • 1/2-inch or smaller nails
  • String or embroidery thread

Basic Shape

  • Draw a simple geometric shape on a piece of paper or use a computer to print out a shape.

  • Tape the geometric drawing or printout onto a board. The board should be at least 1/2-inch thick (although it can be thicker) and its dimensions should be the size of the geometric shape or larger.

  • Hammer a 1/2-inch nail into the wood at each point, or angle, of the shape so that the nail is roughly half-way embedded into the wood. For example, if you are creating a hexagon, you will hammer a nail into each of the 6 points.

  • Tie one end of a piece of embroidery thread around a nail. This is your starting nail.

  • Loop the string around each nail, following the basic outline of the shape. Repeat two, three or more times to create a bolder line. When you are satisfied with the boldness of the shape, tie the end of the string to the starting nail. Cut away any excess thread.

Spiral Pattern

  • Follow Steps 1 through 4 as described in the "Basic Shape" section.

  • Label the nails for easy identification. If you are creating a spiral using a 12-point shape, label the points 1 through 12, starting with the nail you tied the string to (1) and working clockwise around the outline of the shape.

  • Loop the string around the nail represented 7. Loop the string around 2, then around 8, then 3, continuing around the shape. The pattern will be, from the tied string, 1, 7, 2, 8, 3, 9, 4, 10, 5, 11, 6, 12, with every odd loop increasing and every even loop decreasing.

  • Repeat Step 3 as many times as you like; the more layers you add to the design, the bolder the color of the string will appear.

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