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DIY Christmas Tree String Art

It’s that time of the month again…the wonderful time that I share a sustainable craft that I have made AND also share with you several other ladies’ crafts as well!  It’s a bonus post that is filled with wonderful ideas…and the theme for November is Christmas!  I have been very intrigued by string art lately so you guessed it….DIY Christmas Tree String Art is the choice for me!

Sustainable:  Using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged.  Many crafters (myself included) find it so hard to throw stuff away because they are just SURE there is something it can be used for.  Well, my daughter just had new flooring installed.  Did you know they just throw away the discarded pieces that they have cut?  Shameful!

Christmas Tree String Art ~

The beautiful thing about string art is that you can be very precise and measure everything OR you can create with no set rules.  I tend to prefer a little quirkiness, which is what I will be sharing with you.  However, if you prefer a more precise look, there are tons of patterns out there to use.

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Items Needed ~

  • Wood flooring remnants or wood block
  • Scissors
  • Small nails
  • Hammer
  • Wood glue
  • Stain or Paint
  • Craft Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Spray adhesive
  • “Snow glitter
  • Twine or yarn in various colors.  Twine was used in the examples I have provided.

Helpful Links ~

Below are links to some of the items listed above.  I am sure many of you may already have most of these items, but if not….here you go!

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Let’s Create ~

    1. Choose the type of layout you wish to create.  You can freehand the tree or use a pattern.  (I used the freehand style)
    2. Fit your tongue in groove flooring together to create the size you wish.  I played around with various layouts, mixing and matching the sizes and lengths of the flooring I had until I was content with the outcome.
    3. Glue the pieces together using wood glue.
    4. Paint or stain your project.
    5. Hammer in five nails for the star making sure about half of the nail is driven into the board.
    6. Starting right under the star, hammer one nail in for the top of the tree.  Then randomly place nails to the right and left, scattering the length apart in between them.  Remeber that with this style, there is no right or wrong.  You will want to be sure that they start out closer together at the top and then spread further apart at the bottom.  A board can also be used if you do not have extra flooring.  It can be any size of course!
    7. If making a tree trunk, hammer in 3 to 6 nails spaced about the same distance apart.  Three for a shorter trunk and six for a longer trunk.
    8. Tie off the twine or string at the top nail.  Moving from right to left, string around each nail head.  Once I reached the bottom, I went back up to the top following the same pattern I had used going down.  You can go up and down the tree as often as you wish depending on the thickness you want for your final product.  When done, tie off again at the last nail.                                                                                                                                                                         
    9. Follow the same steps above to complete the star and trunk.
    10. Spray the glue adhesive all over and sprinkle the “snow” glitter.

I am truly obsessed with this fun DIY Christmas craft.  My head is swimming with so many ideas and different color variations.  I have even seen where the whole backdrop is covered in string art leaving the main image with no string.  It is such a stunning look.  This will probably be my next one to do.

Sustainable Craft Challenge ~

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As mentioned earlier, I take part in a monthly craft challenge.  Jullie of Sum of Their Stories gives us a theme.  We are challenged to use at least one item that is sustainable/eco friendly.   This month’s theme is Christmas!  Let’s see what the other ladies have shared:

Julie from Sum of Their Stories ~ Felt Star & Bead Garland

Terri from Our Good Life ~ End of the Season DIY Rosemary Wreath

Gail from Purple Hues and Me ~ Nature Inspired DIY Christmas Wreath

Marci from Stone Cottage Adventures ~ Framing a Quilted Pig

Maria from Simple Nature Decor ~ Jeweled Oyster Shell Ornament

Stephanie from Crazy LIttle Love Birds ~ Create a Beautiful Tree Scenery Using Cardboard

T’onna from Sew Crafty Crochet ~ Upcycled Christmas Baubles

Christine from Christine’s Crafts ~ Christmas Tree Diamond Decorations

Mel from Decor Craft Design ~ DIY Christmas Snowman From Old Socks

Allyson from Southern Sunflowers ~ Christmas Tree Shaped Fabric Pillow No Sew Tutorial

Be sure to check out each one…and give them a follow!  You won’t be disappointed!

Drop me a note in the comments if you have worked with string art before.  Do you prefer to use a stencil or free hand?  I would love to hear your ideas!

P.S.  Are you looking for some more Christmas fun…be sure to Check out You’ve Been Socked!

Happy Crafting & Happy DIY Christmas Tree String Arting ~









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  1. Julie

    Oh my goodness, I love these! What a brilliant way to use offcuts of flooring (shameful to throw them indeed!) I love how this idea could be scaled up or down to almost any size depending on what you have available.

    • Shelly Latinovich

      I love how it can be scaled up and down too….so many options for this fun little Christmas DIY craft!

  2. Gail @Purple Hues and Me

    Wow, Shelly! How cool are these! Shame on your daughter for throwing the scraps out, but what a wonderful piece of nostalgia for her as a gift! Especially at Christmas! I’m sure she would cherish this forever! What an awesome idea and inspiration!

    • Shelly Latinovich

      I agree….and it could be a fun bit of nostalgia for her as a gift! It truly is such a fun Christmas craft!

  3. Christine

    I love this. I thought string art might be quite tricky but this looks achievable. It would look great propped up on a mantelpiece this Christmas!

    • Shelly Latinovich

      You know, I, too, thought it would be hard. I do believe that there are some very intricate ones that I’m sure are more tedious. I’ve got my eye on a cute little Grinch one that I’d like to try.

  4. Marci

    Oh, wow! These are seriously cool! I love both color combinations! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    • Shelly Latinovich

      Thank you Marci. It is fun to see how different color combinations turn out with this fun diy Christmas project!

  5. Fransic verso

    This is interesting, love doing DIY projects and this would be cool to do.

    • Shelly Latinovich

      Let me know if you give this fun Christmas diy project a try! It’s so much fun!

  6. Maria

    What a beautiful way to create a tree with wood and string.

  7. stephanie

    These turned out lovely! My favorite is the black with gold! 🙂

    Stephanie@ Crazy Little Love Birds

  8. Sew Crafty Crochet

    I love this string art! It turned out so well, and it’s a great piece of Christmas decor that you’ll have for a looooong time. This is a brilliant way to reuse those left over wood pieces. So creative and clever!

  9. terristeffes

    I made a lot of string art in the 70s… oh wait, did I just give away my age? 🙂 I love your trees.

  10. Allyson @ Southern Sunflowers

    I’m loving your Christmas tree string art! It looks amazing. Excellent use for upcycling floor scraps. I just followed you on Facebook and I’m going schedule your string art for a future Facebook post.

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