String art is really popular right now. But most people create string art using thin crochet yarn or embroidery floss to hang on their walls. What if you want to make rustic christmas ornaments for your Christmas tree?
Well today I’m going to show you how to make twine string art christmas ornaments.
The shiny gold nails combined with the rough bulky texture of the twine on a wood slice will be the perfect way to accents a burlap style tree. It’s class with a bit of roughness, kinda like me.
So how can you make a string art christmas ornament?
First you need to gather a few supplies.
Start with a medium wood slice, about 3 inches in diameter. I bought this one at the craft store but you can make your own if you actually own trees in your yard that do not produce obscene amounts of sap when cut (hello pine trees).
Next you’ll need a small hammer. I used this one that my kids gave to my husband for a Father’s Day gift when they were really little, hence the aqua paint covering the entire thing.
You will also need some really small gold nails. I’m not sure what size these are but they came in a picture hanging kit.
I also chose to use jute twine from The Dollar Tree because I wanted that bulky textured look.
Finally you’ll need tissue paper or newspaper to trace your design on. It just needs to be a really thin paper that you can easily tear away.
I drew this star by hand because I don’t always get along with printers. But if you have a printer that doesn’t give you convulsions of anger, than you can print out any simple shape that you would like to use and then transfer it to thinner tissue paper.
Place the tissue paper over the wood slice and position it to the exact spot where you want your design to go.
Find the main points of your design. For me with the star I knew I needed a nail in every corner and every tip. Hammer in one nail, about half the way, on each one of these points.
You need to hammer the nail in far enough to make it stay but where you have about 1/2″ left to wrap your twine around.
Now fill in the spaces between each nail. If you were doing this on a large scale to hang on a wall, you would probably measure it all out. But this is small scale and I’m not a perfectionist so I just eyeballed where each nail went. It worked out alright.
Once you have all the nails hammered into your wood slice, you’re going to tear away all of the paper that your template was on.
I even thought about leaving it like this because I liked the gold nails showing against the woodgrain but we must move on!
Tie the twine around one nail and then slowly begin working it from one nail to the one across from it.
Here’s the part where the bulky twine became my BFF. Usually with very thin string you have to try hard to make it look somewhat nice.
With twine it’s really hard to mess it up.
If you don’t like how it’s looking as you go, back up and redo some of it. It’s easy.
To make it look neat around the edges you need to do one string only around the edges, looping the twine around each nail and then going to the next one.
To finish it off, tie off the last piece and then push any free twine edges under your design. You can secure it with a dab of glue if you feel you need to but they should stay without it.
The twine tends to have a few loose strands. To give your ornament a more polished appearance, simply trim any loose strands that pop up.
There you go! You have a finished Twine String Art Ornament! The perfect look for a rustic christmas tree.