How to Make Abstract String Art

Transform a small white canvas into a cool work of art. Here's the how-to for a craft session at your home.

Summer schedules are packed, from camps to vacations. But it’s important for kids to let loose, too! Set some of those concrete plans side with this project. Little crafters can harness their inner Georgia O’Keeffe or Jackson Pollack by twirling multi-colored string into funky open-ended patterns.


  • Small white canvas
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam brush
  • Rainbow variegated string
  • Scissors
  • Tidy tips: Cover a big workspace with wax paper; keep wet wipes near by.


  1. Paint a liberal, but not drippy, amount of Mod Podge to the canvas with a foam brush.
  2. Cut off a large piece of string. Starting in a corner of the canvas, press one end of the string onto the surface to form a bond with the glue.
  3. Design time! Try twisting the string, making small shapes or whatever strikes you. Press the shapes onto the canvas as you go. You may need to hold each section down for a few seconds to keep the string from popping up.
  4. Once the design is complete, squeeze a second liberal amount of Mod Podge onto the canvas once again. Carefully cover the design by lightly tapping the brush over the string.
  5. Let the piece dry completely for several hours. Personalize your canvas by adding the artist’s signature to it, as well as a title and date.


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