My 10 year old and I have been exploring lines lately. We’ve spent a lot of time drawing lines and making shapes. We’ve looked at how straight lines can make curves and patterns. We’ve looked at lines in nature and in art. It’s been fascinating.
First, we gathered our supplies: wood planks, nails, a hammer, string, graph paper, painters’ tape, and a pencil. Next, we decided to create Christmas trees. My son sketched the trees on graph paper, then taped the paper to the wood plant at the spot we wanted to create a tree.
I let my son drive the nails through the paper and into the wood at various intervals. Then, we were supposed to rip the paper away, but we jumped the gun. It all worked out and we ripped the paper away after creating our design. The white paper actually made it easier to see while he was winding the string around the nails.
The fun started when he began to wind the string around the nails. He started with some geometric designs, but as he layered them, the design appeared more abstract.
It was interesting to see how different lines and triangles made the shape of the Christmas trees.
Make Your Own Geometric Christmas Art
What other Christmas string art could we create? How about stars or ornaments? How would you place the nails? How would you wind your string? In a pattern? Random? Try your own project and see.