There are so many easy patriotic crafts that can be completed with kids. With a scrap of wood, some nails, and a little bit of yard or embroidery thread you can create a patriotic string art project that features red, white, and blue stars. My eight-year-old daughter and I worked on this project and it took less than 30 minutes.
My girls love this project so much that they carry it around the house and put it in different places. I think it looks best outside, by the front door, but they may convince me to bring it indoors. Today (maybe) I am going to make another one that says “USA” in red, white, and blue.
Patriotic Stars Craft Supplies Required
- Wire Nails
- String or embroidery floss – in red, white, and blue
- Stain or Paint – not required, but gives the project a “finished” feeling.
Red, White, and Blue String Stars Tutorial
Nail your template to the piece of wood. Pound the nails into the wood in the pattern you have created. I used PicMonkey and made a few different sizes of stars. Originally I used Word, but I couldn’t keep the star dimensions the same and ended up getting squished stars. Place the nails 1/2″ to 3/4″ apart and drive them down about 1/3 of the way into the wood. Remove the paper by tearing it off the piece of wood. I traced our stars onto parchment paper since I knew that would be incredibly easy to remove.
String your nails! Pull out some of your embroidery floss and knot it around one of the nails. Do not separate the embroidery floss strands. Zig zag the string across the nails. Wrap the string around a nail every once in awhile to ensure that it doesn’t unwind. There is nothing more frustrating than losing your work, but it is easy to redo. When you are done, knot the string and trim the ends.
Once you have done this process for the red, white, and blue stars you are done. Woohoo! You have a fun piece of patriotic art to display.
After this project was complete I thought “Hmm, I wish I had stained the wood first so the white pops more.” I couldn’t get the thought out of my head…so I stained with a weathered gray stain. I couldn’t get under the stars, but was able to get around them. I definitely recommend that you stain or paint the wood first!
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