These Halloween string art cards are so much fun to make! Pick a Halloween template and use embroidery floss to create a pattern. It’s such a fun way to send a personalized Halloween greeting this fall!
DIY String Art for Fall
These Halloween string art cards are SO FUN and require only a few simple supplies. Choose a Halloween template and form the shape with embroidery floss. It’s so cool to see each card come together in a unique way!
With string art, every card is different, even if you’re using the same shapes and colours. You can make your Halloween card creepy or cute – it’s all up to you and the template you choose!
Kids can also have a lot of fun making these cards, since the pattern is totally random. If you’re worried about them using a needle, simply give them a plastic embroidery needle and they’re all set!
Check out our Halloween String Art Cards video tutorial:
*Note: Scroll down for the step-by-step photo tutorial.
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Here’s what you’ll need:
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The full printable instructions are at the end of this post, but here’s a list of products on Amazon and Target that are similar to the supplies we used:
- Cardstock or blank card
- Pumpkin template
- Cork trivet
- Large needle
- Painter’s tape
- Embroidery floss
- Scotch tape
- Regular printer paper
- Glue tape
Where can I get Halloween templates?
We have pumpkin templates and bat outlines that you can download and print for free! For these string art cards we used the small pumpkin outline #1 and the small bat #2. For the Halloween cat I downloaded a free clip art and resized it to 60% scale in Microsoft Word.
You can find so many free templates online by doing a Google search. Simply search for a Halloween shape like “witch hat” and then add “outline”, “template”, or “printable” to the end of your search term.
What type of paper do I need?
If you’re making your own card (rather than buying blank cards), you need to use cardstock, a paper thick enough that it won’t rip when you stitch through it. We used 65lb cardstock to make our cards and it worked well, but it did bend fairly easily.
If you want paper that’s a bit more sturdy you can buy 80lb cardstock.
What if I don’t have embroidery floss?
If you don’t have embroidery floss you can use yarn or crochet cotton. We made our first string art cards with yarn and they looked really nice – the string was just thicker and fuzzier than the embroidery floss.
DIY String Art Cards for Halloween
- Black cardstock (cut to 7 by 10 inches, folded in half)
- Pumpkin template (see link in tips section below)
- Embroidery floss (green and orange)
- Scotch tape
- Printer paper (cut to 6-1/2 by 9-1/2 inches, or 1/2 inch smaller than card dimensions)
- Glue tape (or double sided tape)
- Cork trivet (or corkboard)
- Large (thick) needle
- Painter's tape
Step 1: Punch holes in card
- Print out a sheet of pumpkin templates and cut around one of the pumpkins in a square shape.
- Attach painter's tape to the back of the pumpkin, keeping the tape inside the lines of the shape.
- Place the template on the front of your card, centering the pumpkin.
- Open up the card and place the front on a cork trivet or corkboard. Use a large needle to punch holes through the card around the outline of the template.Make sure to place a hole at every point or corner of the design, and make your holes a little over 1/4 inch apart.
- Remove the template from the front of the card.
Step 2: Form pumpkin stem
- Cut a piece of green thread around 12 inches long and thread it on a needle.
- Open up the card and insert the needle from the inside.
- Pull the thread almost all the way through and then tape the end with scotch tape.
- Bring the needle back through another hole on the stem. Come up from the bottom to the next hole and go back to continue making a stem outline.
- Once the stem is outlined, go across the front in a criss cross pattern. You can choose the pattern you like - it doesn't matter what holes you come from or go to.
- Once you've made a pattern on the stem that you're happy with, finish on the inside of the card and tape the thread into place, cutting off any extra.
Step 3: Form pumpkin
- Cut a piece of orange thread around 30 inches long and thread it onto the needle.Bring the needle in from the inside of the card (just like with the green thread) and pull it through, taping the end into place.
- Use your thread to make an outline for the pumpkin.
- At this point, or whenever you run out of thread, tape the end of the thread into place.
- Start a new thread, coming from the inside of the card again.
- Pull the thread almost all the way through and secure the end with more tape.
- Now you can start making a pattern across the pumpkin.
- As you're making the design, you can hold the thread across the picture with your fingers to see how it will look before putting your needle through the hole.Continue bringing the thread across the front of the card until you're happy with the design.
- Tape and cut your thread one last time.
Step 4: Add insert to card
- Cut a piece of printer paper to 6-1/2 by 9-1/2 inches and fold it in half.If you're using a different size of card, cut the paper to be 1/2 inch smaller than your card dimensions, so that there's 1/4 inch of space on each side.
- Use double sided tape or glue tape to attach the insert inside the card.
- Write your Halloween message inside of the card.
- Your Halloween string art card is complete!
Send a spooktacular personalized greeting this fall with these Halloween string art cards. You can make different string art designs throughout the year – try making a Christmas tree for the holiday season or a tiered cake on a birthday card!
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