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Paper String Art Tutorial with Free Patterns

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This quick and easy Paper String Art Tutorial is perfect for a Mother's Day card or gift. I have always wanted to try string art, but I'm intimidated by hammering all of those tiny nails, how about you? This paper version was super fun to complete with colorful pink, yellow, and orange variegated twine from Hemptique, and just a few supplies. Download and print my Butterfly and Flower templates to get started.

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String Art on Paper with Free Patterns

Paper String Art Tutorial with Free Patterns by Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #stringarttutorial #paperstringart #freepatterns #stringart #cardmaking #kidscrafts

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Here's what you need to make String Art Tutorial:


Here's how to create a String Art Card:


To begin the Paper String Art Tutorial, gather all supplies. Download and print the Butterfly and Flower Templates below ⇓ Cut out the pattern of choice, I love the butterfly, and trace onto bristol board or heavy cardstock with a pencil. Mark the dots around the perimeter of the pattern.


Lay the corrugated cardboard scrap under the traced butterfly pattern, and punch holes around the perimeter of the shape with the paper piercing tool. I love that this paper piercing tool is retractable. Enlarge the holes, so that the twine will easily fit through using the sharp end of a wooden skewer. Gently erase the pencil lines before moving on to the next step. Younger kiddos will need adult help with this step.


Measure out 48″ of Hemptique Verigated Twine in the color Taffy. Roll a small piece of scotch tape around the cut end of the twine. This will prevent the end from fraying and allow the twine to be easily threaded through the holes. Begin stitching by securing the end of the twine with scotch tape on the back of the butterfly.


Thread the variegated twine in and out of the first wing shape in a random pattern across the front of the butterfly. On the back, thread the twine up through the next hole to use a bit less product, and to make the finished card not as bulky. Repeat with the second wing shape in the same fashion as the first. Securing the ends of the twine with scotch tape.


Measure and cut the Butterfly Paper String Art to 5.5″ tall by 8″ wide. Trim a piece of 12″ by 12″ colored cardstock to 8.5″ wide by 12″ tall and fold it in half to create a horizontal card. Place 5 orange pom poms onto Zotz adhesive dots. I love how Zots are on a roll and turn any embellishment into a sticker. Cut a 4″ length of variegated twine, fold it in half, and apply the antenna to the bottom of the first pom pom before attaching it to the card. Then attach the other four pom poms in a vertical row. Flip the butterfly over, attach 3D Foam Squares, and then attach it to the card base.

Quick and Easy Paper String Art Tutorial

I love how the pinks, yellows, and oranges play off of each other on this card. This is one of my favorite color combinations, and it is perfect for this butterfly card. The variegated Hemptique Twine provides the perfect mix of colors, with not too much of any one color. This Butterfly String Art Card is quick and easy to create with the kiddos in just about 30 minutes with limited supplies. Mix and match the colors of cardstock and pom poms to make this gift personalized for your Mom. Surprise Mom this Mother's Day with a handmade paper twine art card that is so pretty it can be framed. Have the kiddos add a personal message to the inside of the card with crayons, markers, or colored pencils. Make sure the kids sign and date the card as this will be a keepsake for years to come.

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Hemtique brand cords are made from 100% hemp that is approximately .05 mm thick. It is a polished Twine Cord that is 10 lb. weight which eliminates stray fibers, maintains strand consistency, and enhances the brilliant colors of the cord. Eco-Friendly, Biodegradable, made with AZO-Free Dye, and is Oil-Free. The perfect twine and cord for Macrame, Jewelry Making, Scrapbooking, Greeting Cards, Gifts, Crochet – the possibilities are endless!

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Laura from Me and My INKlings has a fabulous tutorial for making a String Art Heart Plaque and I am all in to try this out next. I love how the variegated pink twine gives depth to this heart! The perfect beginner DIY.

Looking for some other quick and easy projects that include twine? This Easy Macrame Bookmark for Beginners isn’t my Gran’s macrame, but that’s what I love about a technique that can reinvent itself over and over again.

Easy Macrame Bookmark for Beginners with Hemptique by Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #hemptique #macrame #beginnermacrame

Y’all know that I am an impatient crafter, so I am always looking for trendy designs that can be done in a jiffy, like this super easy DIY Hemp Cord Rainbow for home decor on my mantel. 

DIY Hemp Cord Rainbow for Spring Decor with Hemptique Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #hemptique #hempcordcrafts #rainbows #crafts #buttons

Y’all know that I am all about RAINBOWS, so this Rainbow Macrame Keychain created by Lindsay of Artsy Fartsy Mama is a favorite of mine! This is a quick and easy project to make in about 30 minutes with colored jute twine.

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Too busy to make this Paper String Art Tutorial right now? Pin it for later!  I'd love for you to pin this project to your favorite craft board on Pinterest and then it’ll be waiting for you when you’re ready.

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8 thoughts on “Paper String Art Tutorial with Free Patterns

    • Thank you, Heather – and it’s EASY too!

  • This is so cute!! It brought back memories for me, too. Back in the ’79s, I made one of these for a friend. Pinning!

    • YES, Pam, I LOVE the nostalgic crafts!

  • My Aunt makes lovely cards embroidering on card in a similar way to this, She’s always looking for new designs and ideas to try, I’ll send her this now! Beautiful!

    • Thank you, Julie!

    • YAY!! Thank you so much, Carol! Have a FABULOUS week 🙂


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