String Art Kits – Rainy Day or Any Day Activities


Family showing samples of Strung by Shawna String art Kits
Family String Art Photo Courtesy of Strung by Shawna

If you’re old enough, do you remember string art from the 60’s and 70’s? I’d be surprised if you have never seen it, because this art form decorated many, many homes around America.

For instance, designs often featured boats, animals and musical instruments, “strung” on a black “velvet” background.

Although I do remember creating some string art as a child, it didn’t come from a kit!

“String art originated as a way to teach Algebra to kids at the end of the 19th century and was popularized in the 1960’s as a decorative art through kits and books. In the past decade, the art form has found a resurgence in the world of Pinterest with a fun, new take that has been expressed through new mediums and materials.​

The hardest part of learning something new is knowing where to start. Here at Strung by Shawna, we make it simple.”

-Shawna


In 2020, we added DIY Kits by “Strung by Shawna” (scroll down to see our current stock). I have been excited, but have had a hard time keeping them in stock, because these have been a huge hit!


Snowman DIY String Art Kit
This String Art Snowman is One of several Holiday-Themed Kits we will have for you soon!

One of my most favorite things about Shawna’s Kits, aside from the quality, the fact that they are hand assembled in the USA, and the feeling of accomplishment when the projects are finished, is Shawna’s instructions.


I decided to make one of the kits because,

without doing it myself, it’s hard to explain to you how well-organized and fun the process is.


Photo of cocktail glass string art DIY Kit Ready to Make
Cocktail Glass String Art Kit Contents



Note: As of 11/6/2020, our shipment of Christmas-themed kits is on its way to us.

If you decide to pick up one of these super stocking stuffers / gifts / family fun kits, do so early! Because, once they are gone, we may not be able to get more before the holidays!

Current selection of Strung by Shawna Kits:

Strung by Shawna

From the Artist:

In August 2015, I struggled as an empty nester. I worked at an advertising agency and used crafting to fill my time. After seeing string art online I knew it was something I had to try. I researched how to do it but found no consistency in the instruction, so I vowed to figure it out on my own. I made a few boards with embroidery floss, but wasn’t happy with the end result. I decided to try yarn and combined it with my earlier background as a Product Designer at Oriental Trading Co. to develop my own technique. These two changes would inspire my entire business model.I began selling pieces at a handmade store and was amazed at the demand. After selling out at a craft show and generating a large amount of custom orders I quit my “day job” and added on teaching string art in February 2016. Since my first workshop I’ve taught 9,000+ people using my uniquely illustrated designs.After many students began asking for "one hour" at-home projects I developed a mini DIY kit. My goal was to make something affordable with quality materials and could be tackled by any age. After a few months of testing in workshops I began mini kit production in May 2018.Each idea begins in my sketchbook before I take it into the computer to create a formal pattern. I create a sample to fine tune the design before developing a recipe card, along with a step-by-step instruction sheet. All materials are pulled by hand, the wood cut/stained in my wood shop and kits are hand assembled in my studio.
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