You've Got Their Art On A String! 20 Ways to Get Crafty With String

We won't string you along. Here are twenty of our favorite ways to play and craft with string. Make festive garlands, spinning optical illusions, dancing puppets, slithering snakes, and so much more!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Air-Dry Clay Ornaments

    Winter-fy your home with these charming DIY snowflake ornaments!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Pom-Pom Solar System

    Learn more about the planets in our solar system with this charming pom-pom mobile! A perfect DIY gift for the babies (or space-loving grownups) in your life.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Stained Glass Mosaic Necklace

    Kids will love this fun project! They'll watch in amazement as their artwork shrinks and turns into a beautiful necklace.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Stained Glass Paper Kite

    What better way to celebrate spring than to go outside and fly a kite? Try making your own paper kite with this easy-to-do DIY!

    Download the printable here.

  • Visual aid of how to complete String Art Star Garland

    Learn how to use a basic string art technique to create a set of 3D shapes. What other shapes can you make?

  • Visual aid of how to complete Paper Tube Snake

    Here's a slinky snake made from yarn and paper tubes. Make him long or short, and use any slithery colors and design you can imagine!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Embroidery Heart
    Embroidery Heart

    (Ages 9-16)

    Sewing and embroidery are two hobbies I really enjoy. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I decided to use a simple cross-stitching technique to make string art valentines. I loved the homemade look and feel of the finished cards - a perfect last-minute note for a loved one!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Pendulum Wave Toy

    How to Make a Pendulum Wave Toy

    A pendulum is a hanging weight that swings back and forth, like the swinging arm on a grandfather clock or a swing on a playground. When you pull a swing - or any pendulum - up to one side, gravity tugs it back down. But since the swing is attached by a rope or chain, it doesn’t just drop to the ground. Instead, it swings back and forth, over and over.

    But what happens when you have a bunch of different-sized pendulums swinging together? Make this mesmerizing pendulum wave toy to find out!

  • Visual aid of how to complete String Roller Print

    A fun painting project using everyday upcycled materials.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Valentine's Day Bunting

    Create this simple Valentine's Day Bunting to add to your holiday decor. The kids will enjoy cutting, pasting, and displaying their handiwork around the house.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Finger Knitting Bracelet

    Finger knitting may seem complicated at first...but after the first minute, it's easy to understand, and it goes really fast! You'll have a bracelet, a belt, or even a scarf made in no time!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Fabric Parachutes

    The Fabric Parachutes made great homemade toys that kept my kids busy all day long! They had a great time practicing their sewing skills and then launching their parachutes from every high surface in the house! Best of all, these were absolutely free since we used leftover material from other projects!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Mouse Necklace
    Mouse Necklace

    (Ages 5-11)

    Make a mouse necklace for you and one for your friend too!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Flying Bird Toy
    Flying Bird Toy

    (Ages 5-16)

    Experiment with some simple mechanics by creating your very own flying bird! This project is surprising simple, and with a few materials, we were able to make a whole flock of little birds. You can even do your own experimentation by creating your own creatures with various hinged pieces.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Sewing Cards
    Sewing Cards

    (Ages 3-3)

    My 3-year-old daughter loves to "sew", so we whipped up these quick lacing cards. That way, she can sew little dresses anytime she wants. She loves that they are personalized with her own artwork. They make a great busy bag item, too!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Pulled String Paintings

    Want to create some art that will surprise you? Create unique pieces of artwork by pulling strings across a piece of paper!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Animal Button Necklace

    After making one of these super cute animal necklaces, imagination took over, and soon there was a collection of them for several friends!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Paper Plate Dreamcatchers

    Help your little one chase away bad dreams with this Native American craft project. Younger children will need parental assistance to tie knots while older children can do this craft on their own.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Swinging Salt Pendulum

    A pendulum is a hanging weight that swings back and forth, like the swinging arm on a grandfather clock or a swing on a playground. When you pull a swing - or any pendulum - up to one side, gravity tugs it back down. But since the swing is attached by a rope or chain, it doesn’t just drop to the ground. Instead, it swings back and forth, over and over. The pattern of the pendulum’s path shows amazing physics at work!

    Make your own swinging pendulum and trace its path with lines of colored salt!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Tricky Thaumatropes

    Make an optical toy that will fool your eyes and boggle your mind! When you spin a thaumatrope, the pictures on either side seem to combine into one image. Check out this early form of animation!


Get inspired!