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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

'70s flashback.

the '70s were full of some serious crafts... macrame, lanyards, pet rocks, rainbow sand bottles. pair all that with disco, & all i can say is wow! what an era. i definitely missed out. bring a little bit of the '70s back into your life with a little string art, remember that one? the basically, using a fabric covered board (a cork floor tile covered with black felt work well), you pound in some small nails or pins in a pattern, & then using string "thread" the nails to create beautiful picture. Find more in-depth instructions HERE & HERE. you can buy string art kits HERE, but there are tons of FREE patterns available HERE, HERE, & HERE. and here's a little tip i've picked up along the way... use a film canister (if you still have one lying around) to hold the string so it doesn't get tangled. put one end of the string inside the canister, then put on the lid. wind the remainder of the string around the outside of the canister.


have fun!

image via family fun.

6 comments:

MERRIANNE said...

that looks really neat! i remember doing some of those in elementary school. ((that was in the 80's))

Misty said...

me too in re: to doing them in early elementary school in the 80's... I guess, along the way, there were lots of things that should have stuck around instead of being passed off as trends...

like real saturday morning cartoons.

Sandra Ree said...

lol You missed out? I was in my teens in the 70's and sometimes I feel like I missed out! I do remember the macrame, pet rocks (had several) the rainbow sand bottles...and of course disco! I also remember this string art. It's amazing how decades make their round once again. :D

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Oh my goodness...what a flash back-We did this string art when I was growing up in California~!

Shelly G & Hope P said...

Oh my gosh we had this type of thing on plaques on the wall... I remember it vividly... I am not sure who was the one who made it... perhaps my mom:) So much fun:)

TONYA said...

Can you believe I've had a tutorial on string art saved in my favorites for months now. I'm determined to make something 'earthy' for the little man's wall.