A Deer for Daddy ~ Kid Created String Art

Hey everyone! I’m Ashley from 3 Little Greenwoods. This is my very first project as a contributor to My Crafty Spot! I am beyond excited to share with you a gift we made for my husband, Honey.

To celebrate Honey’s birthday and his love for the outdoors, my ten year son old and I worked together to create A Deer for Daddy ~ Kid Created String Art.

A Deer for Daddy ~ Kid Created String Art by 3 Little Greenwoods

Like most of my projects, it all started at Goodwill. Thrift store shopping has become my newest love. It’s an awesome place for finding treasures that make you think outside the box.

That’s exactly what I did when I picked up this wooden plaque. The sweet little “Special Friends” wasn’t really working for me but the dark stained board would be the perfect canvas for a little string art action.

thrift store find

It took lots of “Goo Gone” adhesive remover {love that stuff} and a good bit of scraping but Big Boy was able to get the “Special Friends” poem off.

While he was working I found an outline of a buck online then traced it from the computer screen onto notebook paper. Note to Self: Get some printer ink!

Once I explained the string art project, he began to place dots around the image to create a template for the nails. Make sure the dots are evenly spaced and used sparingly in tight spots like the antlers.

kid friendly craft

The template was taped onto the wooden board and he got to hammering. It was loud and a wee bit dangerous and he loved it!

kid friendly craft

Other than a little help with the antlers, he completed the hammering all by himself.

fall decor

When all the nails were in place, we anchored the string on one of the nails then began to weave the string back and forth across the shape.  The string was woven in and out of each nail. Work slowly and carefully to make sure the string is spaced evenly around.

string art, kid friendly craft

The antlers were bit more intricate so I stepped in to complete them.

After you have covered the inside with string, define the edges by weaving in and out along the outside of the shape several times.

The string we used was left to me by my grandmother who was an avid crocheter. I used couldn’t bare to part with it after she passed. It makes me so happy to see one of my children use it in a different way.

Here is where you can learn a lesson from me: Remove the paper template after the nails have been attached but before you begin the string work.

deer silhouette art

DIY string art

We finally resorted to using tweezers to pull out all the stuck paper.

deer string art

Big Boy was so very proud of his artwork! And Honey loved it!

A Deer for Daddy ~ Kid Created String Art by 3 Little Greenwoods

A Deer for Daddy ~ Kid Created String Art by 3 Little Greenwoods

Hope you have been inspired to create art with your little ones!

Ashley from 3 Little Greenwoods

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Ashley is the writer and creator of 3 Little Greenwoods. She is wife to Honey and Mama to the 3 Little Greenwoods. After teaching kindergarten for 14 years, Ashley landed her dream job as a stay at home mom. Instead of focusing all her energy on a classroom of five-year-old’s, she began 3 Little Greenwoods to document all her crazy craftiness, DIY home projects, and fun with her children. Party planning is a bit of an obsession as she gathers inspiration to create tons of DIY decor and fabulously fun birthday cakes. Learning to cook traditional dishes in her School of Southern Cooking is her current passion. She would love to have you hop over for a visit!

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  1. Very cool! Very talented guy! 😀 This is a great gift for dads!

  2. That is so cute!! He did a great job, I don’t think mine could look this good!! Congrats on your first contributor post!!

  3. Oh wow! This is so awesome! I think my oldest daughter would love to do an activity like this!

    My brain is going for Christmas….

    Thanks for sharing.

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.

  4. What a great idea! Seems like such a fun craft for kids too 🙂

  5. This is such an adorable idea, and it turned out so well!
    Thanks so much for sharing at The Pretty Pintastic Party! I’ve chosen your post as a feature at this weekend’s party, so I hope you’ll stop by!

  6. I love this and I am going to have to pin it in my gift ideas board so when my kids are old enough we can make one for my husband. Thank you for the great idea.