This String Art Pumpkin looks like a lot of fun to DIY, and I really hope to try the tutorial Debi Schmitz shares with us today for making a String Art Pumpkin. I confess that if I had to use wood and a hammer, I wouldn’t be nearly as tempted to DIY this one. But like the String Art Hearts, this technique requires no pounding and no power tools – use just slip the escutcheon pins or nails right into the sheet of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. I’m up for that, how about you?
To make a String Art Pumpkin, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1” x 12” x 18” block (or use a larger sheet to make several string art pictures)
- Fabric, ½ yd.
- Crochet thread, #10, one spool each green and orange
- Brass escutcheon pins, ¾” long, or small nails with heads
- Nail heads in gold, 16
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; sharp pencil; serrated knife and old candle or bar of soap; straight pins
To make a String Art Pumpkin:
1. Measure and score a 12” x 14” rectangle on the foam sheet. Wax the serrated knife blade with a bar of soap or old candle, and cut out the rectangle.
2. Center the foam rectangle on the wrong side of a 16” x 18” piece of fabric. Smoothly wrap fabric around the STYROFOAM Brand Foam, neatly folding the fabric at the corners. Pin and glue the fabric to the back.
3. Glue a 12” x 14” fabric rectangle to the back side.
4. Hanger: On the back side, insert and glue in place a u-pin, 1” down from the center top.
5. Print out the diagrams for the left side and right side of the pumpkin. Tape diagrams together along the center line. Pin the pattern to a scrap piece of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, and insert an escutcheon pin through each hole. Remove the pattern.
6. Pin the pattern in place on the front of the fabric covered, foam rectangle. Using the pencil, lightly mark the nail dots onto the fabric. Remove the pattern.
7. Add the escutcheon pins or nails to the fabric covered board: Dip the escutcheon pins into the glue, and insert a pin at each pencil dot. Insert only ½” deep into the foam board, and keep ¼” above the foam board. Once you’ve inserted all of the nails, let the glue dry thoroughly.
8. Carefully knot the green crochet thread around one of the nails. Wrap the thread around the nails outlining the stem first, and then wrap diagonally from one side to the other. Use steady pressure so the thread doesn’t sag, but don’t pull too much or you’ll pull out the nails.
9. Tie the orange crochet thread around a pumpkin nail. Wrap the thread around the nails outlining each section of the pumpkin first. Once the outline is done, create your desired design. Debi created a “hatch mark” design in each section by first wrapping the thread on the diagonal from top to bottom, and then in reverse from bottom to top.
10. Insert and glue nail heads in corners.
Have you tried making string art? Don’t you think this technique looks easier?