On a string

String art DIY made easy 

When I was born, clogs, Bee Gees and string art where trendy. If both first made a deafening comeback, why not give a second chance to string art too ?

Regularly, I like to add new twist to our home decoration. And being on a budget should never prevent of big ideas. I wanted to make something graphic and coloured for Phileas’s bedroom. It was the perfect occasion to try a string art DIY, but with a contemporary twist.

This target string art is easy to make with a kid from 8 years old. The only repetitive task is the nailing stage, but once you have started tightening thread, it can become really addictive !

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Would you like to make your first string art ? No panic, Be Frenchie is here to explain you string art step by step and the template is ready to be downloaded.

Here is how to make this target string art DIY :

Equipment – to be bought, or to dig in your toolbox

  • MDF board of 50 x 50 cm
  • wide-head nail
  • wall fixing for the board
  • hammer
  • adhesive tape
  • white painting
  • optional: coloured painting for the edge
  • brush
  • embroidery floss: black, red, yellow, green, light blue and dark blue ( you’ll need 2 skeins of 8m long for the external circle)
  • printed template on 6 A4 sheets, free to donwload here under

Promised, this string art DIY isn’t at all complicate or expensive. It’s a perfect afternoon project which costs me less than 15 euros.


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How to make this string art DIY ?

  • follow outlines to cut the printables along dotted lines
  • put them together edge-to-edge with the tape
  • place the pattern in the centre of the MDF board
  • then fix it with the tape
  • nail every dot of the pattern, try to keep your nails height regular
  • when all the pattern is stitched of nails, take the paper away
  • attach the wall fixing at the back of the board
  • with a big round brush, paint the whole board, including nails in white
  • paint like stenciling to cover nails without leaving traces
  • if necessary, add a second layer of painting
  • once white painting is dry, why not contrast edge with a coloured painting?

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Now, that we have a base, it’s time to make the proper string art DIY :

  • tighten red thread on heart shape :
  • tie the thread on a nail and let 5 cm lenght after the knot
  • with the red thread follow the heart shape tightening well the thread
  • regularly, turn the thread around a nail to fix it
  • once you have make all the heart contour, fill the heart by tightening it randomly between nails
  • don’t forget to regularly turn the thread around nails
  • when you’re satisfied of the heart aspect, return the thread to the departure nail and to tie it on the 5 cm length you kept at this attention
  • proceed the same manner for the dart with the black thread
  • in case of doubt on nails corresponding to the template, refer to printable
  • then make concentric circles
  • don’t forget to always begin tightening the thread around the external line of the circle before filling it
  • and so on up to the last circle
  • and voila, your string art is finished!

It was a true child’s play isn’t it?



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Once started, thread quickly gives shape to your string art DIY and it quickly takes form, which is really rewarding. Photos don’t show it accuretaly, but I like how light create shadows behind threads, giving that lovely airy feeling to my string art.

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I already really like my string art and I will soon try a new string art DIY. I think origami style string art might be a great idea.

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Very nice!!!