DIY Grinch String Art With Lights

plywood with grinch shape, string and lights

Add some extra light to your holiday decor and make a lit Grinch, using string and LED lights.

Do you LOVE How The Grinch Stole Christmas? Such a great story. I’ve always been obsessed with that book and it’s awesome characters. So lately, I’ve been inspired by some great string art and have been thinking about Christmas decorations. So I thought an idea might be to utilize fairy lights as string art to put a bright twist to the craft popularized in the 60’s.

Also, if you haven’t seen them yet, I even have another Grinch Christmas decor tutorial, using cement and resin, which you can check out here.

What Not To Do:

Don’t remove the printed paper from the plywood until you have strung the yarn. I removed it too soon and it took me twice as long. 

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 Difficulty level- Easy



  • Hammer
  • * Power drill
  • * 1/16″ bit
  • * Printer

*Not shown in photo

Materials for making The Grinch String Art

The Grinch String Art With Lights Tutorial Steps

Step 1 | Prep The Plywood:

Sand the edges of the plywood. Just make them smooth enough that you get splinters.

Step 2 | Print The DIY Grinch String Art Outline:

Print out the Grinch using my free downloadable image, you can get it here. Depending on how your printer is set up, it may require 15 sheets of paper. When you click on the image, it will open as a PDF on another tab. Scroll down, you will see the image.

Free printable download of The Grinch

Step 3 | Layout The DIY Grinch String Art Artwork:

Free printable of the Grinch.

Keep the sheets in order when they come off the printer and number them. Then lay them out on the plywood. Carefully tape the sheets together so that the outlines lines up. You can trim the edge of each top sheet that overlaps if you want to make it perfect, but’s it’s not necessary.

After taping the image together, use the frame I drew in the printable to help center the image on the plywood. You may need to trim the outside edges of the paper if it overlaps the plywood.

Step 4 | Hammer The Nails:

Now follow the outlines and start hammering in the nails. Go deep enough that they don’t fall out, but they don’t need to be too deep. Mine were about 1/3 of the way in.

At the upper parts of the body, I was more detailed and I put quite a few nails close together. Use this image below as your guide on where to place the nails.

Step 5 | Drill The Hole For Threading The Grinch String Art Lights:

Drill a hole for the lights and string at the bottom of the Grinch where his feet meet. Get it started by pulling the non-plugged end through the hole, then tape it to the paper to keep it in place, you’ll thread this later in Step 7.

**Please note, I had to adjust the way I did this, so in the following images the printed paper has been removed. Leave your paper attached, it will make it much easier.

Step 6 | String The Yarn:

String art on plywood of The Grinch.

Step 7 | Remove The Paper:

plywood with grinch shape, string and lights

plywood with grinch shape, string and lights

Lit up The Grinch string art

Grinch plywood with grinch shape, string and lights
Grinch String Art plywood with grinch shape, string and lights