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Spirelli String Art Patterns and Craft Project Ideas
Spirelli string art is used in scrapbooking, school projects and craft activities. The materials required for making embellishments with spirelli string art are simple:
Thick drawing paper, cardstock or cardboard are best for this craft activity. The paper must not bend or crease easily.
Thread, string or yarn. Use sewing thread for making smaller embellishments. Choose different colours of thread and yarn according to your own preference.
They are for cutting out the shapes. Decorative edge craft scissors are cheaply available and more versatile for this craft project. Mega craft punches are available but they are more costly and are limited to a few cut out shapes. I'll leave it up to you to choose whatever tools you want to use to make the shapes.
For holding the thread in place.
How To Get Started With Spirelli String Art
Trace out a circle on a piece of cardboard or thick drawing paper. Cut out the shape with a pair of craft scissors with decorative edge.
Tape one end of the thread or string to the circle.
Start winding the thread along the decorative edge of the circle, making sure the thread does not slip off.
Continue winding the thread in the same direction around the circle until it comes back to the starting point.
Tape the end of the thread to the cardboard and trim off any excess thread.
For more details and instructions, click on the tutorial below:
Gift Bag Embellishments
Decorate handmade gift bags and wrappers with your own creative spirelli patterns and other craft items and embellishments.
Spirelli Art Photo Frames
Another interesting and easy project to make is a small photo frame with spirelli string artwork. Here's how you can make a great looking frame for your favourite photo.
Choose a cardboard or thick paper for the frame. A nice printed cardboard (from a catalogue or calendar) can be used as a backing. It also makes the project a bit more interesting to work with. Choose the photo or picture you want to put on the handmade photo frame.
Draw a large circle on the cardboard and a smaller circle around the photo. The main subject on the photo should be in the centre of the circle. Use a pair of craft scissors to cut out the cardboard and normal scissors to cut out the photo.
Paste the photo onto the cardboard. Tape one end of the thread to the back of the cardboard and start winding the thread around the two circles.
Continue winding the thread in the same manner as described above until the spirelli thread pattern forms a border around the picture.
Tape the end of the thread to the back of the picture to finish off.
Cut a small strip of cardboard, fold it in half and tape one half of the strip to the back of the photo frame to make a stand. Alternatively, you can use an adhesive magnetic piece on the back if you want to display the photo frame on the fridge (like a fridge magnet).
Step-by-step instructions on how to make a photo frame with spirelli string artClick thumbnail to view full-size
Handmade cards are easy items to make. Incorporate spirelli string art designs and other embellishments on your handmade cards to make them extra special.
A heart shaped cut out makes an interesting spirelli design on a card and it can be used for occasions like birthdays and Valentine's Day.
Customise your own gift tags with spirelli patterns and designs on them. You can use different shapes for the gift tags and create spirelli string art patterns accordingly to match the gifts and occasions.
Never run out of bookmarks again! Make your own bookmark with spirelli string art and attach a ribbon to it. My handmade bookmark makes me smile every time I open a book to read.
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