Hey y’all! Today I am sharing how to make DIY Unicorn String Art!
String Art is one of my favorite craft projects to do. It’s a great way to add beautiful wall decor to your child’s room while keeping the cost pretty low!
Awhile back my kids went on vacation with my parents, and I used that time to give my daughters room a much needed makeover! She had previously shared it with her twin brother so it wasn’t as “girly” as she wanted it to be. After a fresh coat of paint I realized she had only one girly picture! I didn’t want to spend a fortune on wall decor, we already did that with the paint upgrade. So, I figured it was time to raid my basement, closets, and under beds for anything I could turn into a masterpiece (or at least something she would be okay with)! I was inspired by a chunk of wood, a unicorn stencil, and some string…(For this article I am using a cork board instead of wood.)
What you need FOR DIY UNICORN STRING ART:
You will need:
- A cork board or a piece of wood (cut to your preferred dimensions and sanded down- we don’t want any splinters!)
- Thumbtacks or pushpins (For wood- use small “picture hanging” nails)
- Stencil (Make sure it will fit on whatever size board you use)
- Craft String or Embroidery Floss (I like to use 3 different colors)
- Pearls or Beads
- Accessories (optional)
How to create DIY unicorn string art
Position the stencil on the cork board and tape the corners down; this helps to keep it in place while you put in the tacks.
Push tacks in approximately 2 cm apart. You may have to reposition the tacks depending on the size of your stencil. Do this all the way around the stencil. Keep in mind the curves. For instance, you want to make sure the ear is outlined enough so it doesn’t look like it’s part of the unicorn’s mane.
Tie the ribbon to the bottom left corner. (I’m right handed so I prefer to work left to right, but you can start wherever you are comfortable with.)
After you tie off the ribbon loop it around each tack, as close to the cork board as possible. Do this all the way around the perimeter. Tie it off where you began. (Or if it’s easier, pull the tack out and run it through the ribbon in order to secure it.)
If you are using white string, I would use it as the first layer. If you aren’t using white, use the lightest color. I feel like it adds more of a “pop” in the mix!
Tie off the string to the top of the nose. I start here because it helps create a straight line and somewhat of a cut off point between the face and the unicorn horn.
Run string to the top of the head, loop around tack, and bring back down to the nose. I like to skip about every other tack; this helps to leave room for the other strands of string. Continue running string up and down, looping around the tack each time, until you have covered the entire unicorn.
Repeat this step with each color. Try to tie each new color to an empty tack, if possible, but don’t leave any gaps in color or string.
Take the color of string that you used first (I used white) and tie it off where you tied the first strand (mine was at the top of the nose). Run the strands the opposite direction of what you ran the other 3 strands (e.g.-top of the nose, to the bottom of the nose). I feel like running the white strand again in the opposite direction adds a little contrast.
Designing the unicorn horn! If you don’t have any beads you can totally just use string. But if you want to add a little pizazz, string some beads or pearls between each tack.
Tie the string off at the bottom left of the horn, string pearls, loop around the tack, repeat! Tie string off at the other end of the horn.
If you want to add even more pizazz, try adding a hair bow or barrette to the mane. Use a hot glue gun to attach the accessory, so it doesn’t make the string sag or fall off.
stylish DIY unicorn string art!!
You did it! Simple to make, fairly cheap, and super stylish!
I hope you enjoyed making this beautiful unicorn string art!
Have a lovely day!
For another girly DIY, check out my DIY Puzzle Picture!