String Art Star Garland

With the holiday weekend around the corner, we decided to create a set of patriotic star shapes to create a festive garland. Learn how to use a basic string art technique to create a set of 3D shapes. What other shapes can you make?

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Cover the cardboard box with a layer of wax paper. This helps prevent the string from sticking to the box. (If you're using styrofoam, you can skip this step!) Draw a star on the surface of your box or styrofoam block. This will be the base to create the shape of your stars.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Stick a toothpick into each point of the star. For any larger stars, stick a toothpick into each point and corner, so that you're using 10 total toothpicks.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Cut a long length of twine or string, about 15 times the width of your star. If your star is 3" wide, cut about 45" of string. Dip the string into a mixture of 50% glue and 50% water. Make sure the string is fully soaked in the glue mixture!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    Begin wrapping a string around the toothpicks to create the star shape. Keep going until the whole length of string is wrapped around the toothpicks. Repeat the steps to make a bunch of stars in different colors. The more layers you wrap, the sturdier the star!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Done!

    Let the string dry, and then, carefully remove the toothpicks from the stars to reveal your string art shapes! String them up to create a unique star garland!


    For extra fun, try adding additional toothpicks in each star to create a randomized pattern!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

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