How to make a string star
May 10, 2012, 5:39 pm
Gather your supplies
600 x 900 x 12mm MDF board
Acrylic undercoat and topcoat (in colour of choice)
Small paint roller; paint tray
Roll of brown paper
Ruler and protractor
Yarn or string
1 packet 25mm bullet head nails
- Step 1: Undercoat MDF board using paint roller. Leave to dry. Paint 2 topcoats in your choice of colour, allowing to dry after each coat.
- Step 2: Cut a large piece of brown paper, at least 40 x 40cm. Rule a 36cm vertical line down the centre. Rule a 36cm line, horizontally, through centre of vertical line, to form a cross.
- Step 3: Using a protractor, divide each quarter segment of the cross in half diagonally, ruling 36cm lines through the centre.
- Step 4: 4 Using 16-point String Art Star Diagram (right) as a guide, divide each segment in half again and rule 36cm lines through centre to form a 16-point star with 16 segments.
- Step 5: If you want more than 1 star on your finished canvas, rule 1 or 2 smaller stars in the same way. If you prefer, rule fewer segments for an 8-point star or 9-point star, using diagrams (right) as a guide. Cut out stars in a circle, a couple of centimetres outside star points.
- Step 6: Position paper circles on MDF board and hammer a nail halfway into every star point, leaving nail heads extending.
- Step 7: Remove paper circles from MDF board by carefully pulling over nail heads.
- Step 8: Knot end of string/yarn to top nail (Nail 1), then wrap around its diagonal opposite (Nail 9) then around Nail 3, then its diagonal opposite (Nail 11). Repeat this pattern in a clockwise direction, using odd-numbered nails only, until you have been around the circle and are back at Nail 1. Knot end to nail and cut excess.
- Step 9: Knot end of string/yarn to Nail 2. Start process again, proceeding around circle using even-numbered nails only, until you have been around circle and are back at Nail 2. Knot end to nail and cut excess.
- Step 10: Repeat Steps 8 and 9 for smaller circles. If you have used fewer star points, wind string/yarn around each nail, rather than every second. Your artwork is ready to hang!