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12 Days of Christmas DIY Giveaway Day 10: Christmas Tree String Art!

2012 December 10
by Michelle

 

***UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Falon! Thanks for entering everyone. Be sure you enter all the other giveaways that are live while you still can!***

You getting tired of this yet? Me neither! A time of the year that I get to say, “Sorry honey, I have to finish this. Thanks for watching the kids!” Well let me introduce you to a new little friend of mine, it’s today’s 12 Days of DIY Giveaway Christmas Tree String Art!  This is a super easy, craft good to do with some older kids even, and there’s no wrong way to do it, well sort of. You’ll see what I mean.

Step 1: Get your supplies for the project.

Step 2: Since the canvas I had was not a gallery wrapped type, you can see the staples that hold the canvas to the frame, I wanted to cover that up. I cut and heat sealed the edges of a length of ribbon, long enough to cover the outside edge. I made it to over lap a bit but if your a super genius and can make it line up perfectly by all means go for it. I just knew if I tried and it didn’t work the first time it’d add a bit more aggravation than I wanted for this project.

Step 3: With your pins in hand set up the outer shape of your tree. I measured 1½” from the top and placed a pin in the center. Then 1½” from the bottom and both side edges I placed a pin.  I then placed 9 pins along each side of the tree, spaced as evenly as possible.

In order to make sure the pins were level, push them through until they touch your work surface.

Step 4: To secure the pins in place, place a bead of glue on both sides of the pin, gluing it to the back of the canvas.

Step 5: While your glue gun is still hot, attach the ribbon along the side of the canvas.

Since the ribbon I had to work with was wider than the canvas I needed to completely wrap the ribbon over. To do this, start in the corners first then run a bead of glue along the edge of the frame and press the ribbon down onto it.

Step 6: Let the wall art begin! To get it started, make a knot and drop it down over one of your straight pins.

I started in the corner because it seemed line the most inconspicuous place. Then cut off the tail and glued it down with a small dot of hot glue.

Step 7: Begin outlining the edge of the tree shape making sure to wrap the string around each pin securing the string to the canvas as you go.

Like I first said there is really no wrong way to do this, well I may have misspoke. If there is a way, I certainly found it with my first attempt. See?

This was before I realized I needed more pins along the sides of the tree shape. I started with 4 on each side and then went back and added 5 more. Much better, wouldn’t you say?

Step 8: Now it’s time to end all the fun you’ve been having. Find a good place to land so to speak and end much in the same way you started. Tie the string off with a double knot, cut off the end tail and secure it with a small dot of hot glue. Et Voilà! You have some easy Christmas decorations. Now just imagine an artistic cluster of them adorning your wall in all the festive stringy colors of the season. Guess it’s time to pick up a few more canvases…

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Michelle

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3 Responses leave one →
  1. Falon permalink
    December 12, 2012

    So cute

  2. December 12, 2012

    Love it!

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