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Christmas String Art Stencils: Christmas Tree and Snowflake

A classic and simple Christmas DIY craft for kids is string art cards. Make these easy Christmas cards and gifts with these Christmas string art stencils.

Christmas tree string art with green yarn on white card

snowflake string art on blue cardstock

Christmas tree string art craft on white card

Classic and Old-Fashioned Christmas Crafts

There’s something so nice about getting back to old-fashioned joys at Christmas. Especially with craft projects. 

We remember being on Christmas break from school and having lots of fun crafts to do. Our family is a crafting family. And we love simple crafts that don’t take a lot of technology or expensive gadgets.

Which is why Christmas string art is such a great activity for kids for the holidays. 

It doesn’t take too much supervision. And the results are definitely worthy of sending to Grandma and Grandpa. Or framing to put on the mantle.

Plus, the supplies are so cheap and easy to find! No need to special order anything online. Just yarn and cardstock (such as poster board from the dollar store or a thick paper) is all you need. Plus a tapestry needle and scissors. And a free Christmas string art stencil pattern PDF.

Feel free to add embellishments for creativity, including:

  • Pom poms
  • Glitter
  • Foam stars
  • Stickers
  • Sequins
  • Beads
  • Colored glue
  • Twigs or sticks

Christmas String Art Stencils Patterns for Tree or Snowflake

The way to make Christmas string art is simple. And pretty much the same for any design.

We’ll give two sets of instructions below, simply because there are slight variations with the two patterns.

Obviously, you will want to have a string art stencil for each pattern. Download those for free on our Kim and Carrie Library.

Then the color of string  and paper is up to you.

Christmas Tree String Art Craft

Here are the instructions for making Christmas tree string art:

  • Cut a piece of cardstock for the size that you want. There are 4 different sizes for the tree pattern stencil, so one will fit for the size of paper that you cut.
  • Print out the stencil pattern sheet.
  • Cut out the pattern you will use.
  • Trace around the tree stencil pattern on the paper using a pencil.

christmas tree traced onto white paper with pencil

  • Use a needle (or a nail or thumbtack) to poke holes along the stencil outline of the Christmas tree. Try to evenly space the holes, but make sure they’re not too close together.
  • Thread the needle with the yarn. Hint: Make sure you get a needle with a wide eye, otherwise you’ll never get yarn through a tiny needle eye.
  • Knot one end of the yarn.

christmas tree string art stencil stitched with green yarn

  • Start threading the needle through any corner hole on the cardstock from the back side. Pull the needle from the back and bring it to the front, pulling gently all the way until there is no slack on the back.

christmas tree string art pattern stitched with green yarn

  • Choose a hole to thread the needle through from the front to the back. At this point, it’s kind of like connect the dots. You want to make a distinct shape first. So follow the outline of the Christmas tree with stitches. You’ll probably need to go around the tree twice to fill in the gaps left with the running stitch pattern.
  • Once the outline is completed with thread, start filling in the Christmas tree with string. Choose holes not in order to give a random string art look. 

christmas tree stitched with green yarn on white paper

  • After you are done stitching with yarn, bring the needle to the back of the cardstock. Tie a knot in the yarn. Cut off the rest of the yarn close to the knot to finish the project.
  • Add accessories as you’d like. 

Snowflake String Art Craft

Here are the instructions for making snowflake string art:

  • Cut a piece of cardstock for the size that you want. You can always cut a large piece and then trim it down later after stitching.
  • Print out the free string art pattern PDF for the snowflakes.
  • Choose which snowflake pattern you will use.
  • Cut the snowflake pattern out. You can leave white space around the snowflake stencil. You don’t need to cut on the holes.
  • Lay the pattern on the cardstock where you want the stitched art to be.

free string art pattern on blue cardstock

  • Use a needle (or a nail or thumbtack) to poke the holes through the snowflake stencil onto the cardstock.
  • Thread the needle with the yarn. Hint: Make sure you get a needle with a wide eye, like a tapestry needle, otherwise you’ll never get yarn through.
  • Knot one end of the yarn.

snowflake string art pattern with blue yarn

stitching a snowflake string art pattern with blue yarn and needle

  • Start threading the needle through the cardstock from the back side. We suggest starting in the middle of the pattern. Pull the needle from the back and bring it to the front, pulling gently all the way until there is no slack on the back.
  • Choose one part of the snowflake to work on at a time. Then come back towards the center of the snowflake to start another arm.

blue yarn stitching a snowflake pattern on blue cardstock

free snowflake string art pattern PDF printable

  • Stitch all of the holes until the snowflake pattern is complete. You might need to stitch over some parts twice to keep the pattern.

snowflake string art on blue paper

snowflake string art christmas craft

  • After you are done stitching with yarn, bring the needle to the back of the cardstock. Tie a knot in the yarn. Cut off the rest of the yarn close to the knot to finish the project.

free string art patterns snowflake Christmas tree

More Christmas DIY Craft Projects

There’s lots more Christmas crafts for kids (and adults) on our site! Check out these holiday DIY tutorials:

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