How to Design Starburst String Art

Fun to make, great to display; starburst string art harkens back to old camp days but with a vibrant modern twist. This craft can be tackled either alone or with children. All you will need is some time to complete the craft and plenty of imagination.

Steps

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    Prepare your base by obtaining a flat wooden board of your choice. Size makes no difference but be prepared to use an increased number of nails and thread for a larger size.
    • Sand the top of the board to remove loose pieces of wood and then smooth over with a soft brush. You’ll want the board to be as smooth as possible, without any jagged edges.
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    • Spray paint the board surface. Perform this task in a well ventilated area that has been protected with a drop cloth or newsprint. Consider adding two coats to give a professional, polished appearance.
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    • Allow for ample dry time before continuing with the craft.
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    Measure the board sides to determine nail placement. You will border the entire board with nails that are evenly spaced between each other. Use a pencil to mark your spaces or simply tap a nail lightly into place to create your guide.
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    Add nails to the board. Tap nails into place without going completely through the board, but enough to securely hold to the surface. You want enough of the nail and head protruding away from the board so you can tie the string and wind it around the nail.
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    Tie the string to one corner of the board. Make sure you double knot the string so it stays in place.
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    Stretch string to the opposing end of the board and wind around the nail twice. Continue the pattern by stretching string to the opposite corner of the board and winding the string about the nail two times.
    • Look for the opposing corner and stretch the string to the opposing end nail and wind twice.
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    • You will be making an “X” shape each time you wind the string.
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    Move onto the next nail and repeat the process until all nails contain wound string. This may take some time, especially if you chose a large board so if you want to take a break, simply wind the string around the last nail several times to hold in place until you return.
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    Tie off the final piece of string and pull strings into place. You want a spiral, starburst shape so you may need to adjust strings at this point.
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    Finished.

Tips

  • Create a multi-colored design by tying a different color string to your original spool and then continuing the design.
  • Consider creating a border around the board instead of adding nails flush along the side. Measure ½” from each side for a neat border.

Things You’ll Need

  • Several balls of embroidery thread
  • Small nails
  • Hammer
  • Flat wooden board
  • Sandpaper
  • Soft brush
  • Black spray paint
  • Sharp scissors
  • Measuring tape

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