Skip to Content

Join The KinderArt Club, for Premium Art Lesson Plans.

Pulled String Paintings

Pulled String Paintings
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Kids can make unique works of art by dipping string into paint and making pulled string art.

Kristen Peery [Kristen is a student at the University of Utah. ]

What You Need:

  • aprons or smocks, white or colored construction paper
  • string cut in 2 feet pieces
  • tempera paint in different colors
  • paper plates for paint
  • a covered surface

What You Do:

  1. Lay out a piece of paper and have the child fold it in half, then open it back up laying it flat on a covered surface.
  2. Next have the child take a piece of string and submerge 3/4 of it in the paint leaving an end free of paint to hold on to.
  3. Next lay the paint covered string on one side of the folded paper in any pattern, leaving the clean end of the string out so you can hold on to it.
  4. Then fold the paper back together and put your hand on the paper so you can feel the string through the paper.
  5. Begin pulling the string out moving it around the edges of the paper.

It’s really fun to have more than one string with different colors pull the strings out and open up the paper and waaaa laaaa a beautiful creation!


Main image: Offerton Hall Nursery School

Illustration: Geoff Slater

    Join Our Club

    You are currently on the site which features lots of free art activity ideas for kids (I hope you are enjoying them!) HOWEVER, if you are looking for more detailed art lesson plans, drawing lessons, printables, sketchbook starters (and more) provided monthly, you will LOVE The KinderArt Club - a membership portal designed for parents, homeschoolers, classroom art teachers and studio instructors.

    Inside the club you will find hundreds of printable PDF art lessons designed to work in small or large group settings, with a range of ages (from 5 to 12 years).

    Get creative teaching kids at home, instructing students in a classroom, leading workshops in a studio, or sharing online, as you explore artists, art periods, science, nature, history, cultures and themes, with creativity and flexibility in mind.

    Join us today at: