This Canvas String Art Graffiti project is fun for kids and adults alike. While this is a spray paint project, you can use alternative paints or dyes for younger children. Scroll down for the full tutorial and more information.
Children can do this activity if properly protected and supervised. However, for younger children, I would recommend doing this project with Washable Paint Markers (paint daubers) instead of spray paint. You could also use a Tie-Dye Kit and spray bottles and have the children spray the dye onto the canvas. You will still want to supervise children under 14.
These make fantastic decorations for a playroom or bedroom! You can make a whole set of them using the color theme of your room. And, you could even personalize them by using acrylic paint and putting your child’s hand print in the center. Then use a Sharpie to write their name and the year for a special keepsake.
Canvas String Art Graffiti
Here’s how to make your Canvas String Art Graffiti:
- canvas (I like to purchase this 8×10 Canvas Pack which saves me a little money)
- spray paints
- yarn or string
- masking tape
- cardboard or plastic to use as a ‘drop cloth’
- mask (you can pick these up at your local hardware store)
Flip the canvas over and tape one end of the yarn onto the back using the masking tape.
Turn the canvas back over and tightly wrap the yarn around the canvas in a random pattern. At times, you may need to tape the yarn in place on the back. For example, near the corners.
Once you are satisfied with the way your canvas is wrapped. Place the canvas front side up on a piece of plastic or cardboard outdoors or in a well ventilated area.
Wear a mask, spray the canvas with different color spray paints.
Leave the canvas to dry completely, preferably 3 hours.
Cut the string off and remove the tape from the back.
Optional* hot glue string to the back if you wish to hang your canvas
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