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 its 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.
String art is also called thread art and speaking of thread- what kind of string is used for string art? Many people like to use embroidery floss because it can provide nice detail and is easy to work with. However, you can use any string.
Since this large Grinch thread art uses LED lights, I wanted to use something substantial so that the “string” wouldn’t get lost behind the lights, so I used yarn.
Many times you’ll see string art that’s filled in- so that the threading wind back and forth across the shape and fills it in. Again, for this one I wanted to keep it simple. I mean, the Grinch is a complicated soul, why complicate hime more? :0}
What nails are best to use for string art? I recommend the escutcheon pins I have linked below or something similar. They have the right sized head that will hold onto the string but isn’t too obtrusive.
I used plywood for this string art project, but you can use any kind of material- as long as it’s soft enough to take a nail, yet firm enough to hold a nail.
Also, if you haven’t seen them yet, I even have two other Grinch tutorials. This one is the Grinch Christmas decor tutorial, using cement and resin. And this one is a Grinch Clay Ornament.
And if you are looking for more inspiration, you may also be interested in the 39 Dollar Tree DIY Christmas Crafts & Decor post.
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DIY Difficulty Level | Easy
Supplies Needed For Making DIY Grinch String Art
- 1/2″ Plywood (less likely to warp than 1/4″) cut to 22 x 48″
- *220 grit sand paper
- Led fairy string lights-33ft
- 1″ Escutcheon pins or shade bracket nails (head should be 15 or 16 mm)
- Thick red yarn
- Power drill*
- 1/16″ bit*
*Not shown in photo
The Grinch String Art With Lights Tutorial Steps
Step 1 | Prep The Plywood
Sand the edges of the plywood just smooth smooth enough that you remove the splinters.
Step 2 | Print The DIY Grinch String Art Outline
Print out the Grinch using my free downloadable image. Depending on how your printer is set up, it may require 15 sheets of paper.
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Step 3 | Layout The DIY Grinch String Art Artwork
Keep the sheets in order when they come off the printer and number them and then lay them out on the plywood. Now carefully tape the sheets together so that the outlines line 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 the lights 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 | Remove The Paper
FINAL STEP | String The Yarn, Then Lights
Now go ahead and string the lights.
Don’t forget to Pin it for later!
- Eschutcheon pins
- LED string lights
- --See the complete materials list, with links above the tutorial--
- STEP | PREP THE PLYWOOD FOR THE STRING ART
- STEP | PRINT THE DIY GRINCH STRING ART OUTLINE
- STEP | LAYOUT THE DIY GRINCH STRING ART ARTWORK
- STEP | HAMMER THE NAILS
- STEP | DRILL THE HOLE FOR THREADING THE GRINCH STRING ART LIGHTS
- STEP | STRING THE YARN AND LIGHTS
- FINAL STEP | REMOVE THE PAPER