DIY Rainbow Spirograph String Art




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I had 10 wooden boards laying around my house and wasn't sure what to do with them. String art was the only idea that kept hitting me. I've seen spirograph string arts but never attempted to make one, so I thought... lets give it a try. The ones I've made are really simple and beginner friendly since this is my first attempt as well.

I still have 8 wooden boards left and I can't wait to make a few more spirograph string arts, using more exciting patterns.

However, check out this ible, it will show you how to make simple and fun spirograph string arts.

Step 1: Materials Needed

To make this string art you'll need:

  1. Wooden board- 0.5-1 inch thick, size of your choice,
  2. Pencil,
  3. Ruler,
  4. Geometric compass,
  5. Nails,
  6. Hammer,
  7. Colored strings.

Step 2: Measuring and Marking

For spirograph string art it's better if the wooden board is a equilateral square and the thickness shouldn't be more than an inch.

Mark the center of the board. Prepare pencil and compass, making sure that the point of the compass and the point of the pencil are in the same level. Set the point of the compass on the center of the board. Draw a circle on the board by keeping 0.5 inch or 1 inch border around the circle. You can draw more circles similarly.

It's better if you mark the places where you want to hammer the nails. Use a transparent ruler to mark the nails' position along traced the circle. I marked points after every 1 cm.

Step 3: Hammering the Nails

Done marking? Now start hammering the nails on the marked points along the traced circle.

Hammer the nails half way into the wooden board.

This step takes time and it can be quite boring but you have to hammer the nails patiently since the whole art depends on the nails' position.

Step 4: Starting the Spirograph

For this string art I'm using- red, yellow, green, blue and purple. I didn't have all the rainbow colors.

Select a nail as a starting point. Take a string, wrap it around any nail and tie a knot. Apply a drop of glue on the knot to make that it is secure.

Count the nails and try to create a equilateral triangle with the string, by wrapping it around the nails. After making the first triangle you'll return to the starting point again. Simply skip that nail and go to the next one. Create another equilateral triangle by wrapping the string around every next nails of the previous ones. Continue to do the same.

Since I'm trying to create a rainbow themed string art I won't be using the same string for the whole art. After wrapping half of the nails wrap the string around the nail near it, tie a knot and cut off the string.

Take another string (of different color). Wrap it around the nail next to the previous nail (but not the same nail). Similarly create equilateral triangles until all nails are covered.

Step 5: Completing the Spirograph

You can keep the spirograph as it turned out in the previous step or you can also add more colors and layers.

In the previous step I used 2 colors but this time I'm going to use 3 colors thus dividing the nails into 3 parts.

Create another layer of spirograph by creating more equilateral triangles.

I made another spirograph, for which I created equilateral squares. You can create more complicated patterns once you get handy with spirograph patterns. This was my first attempt so i kept it simple. But I'll be doing more spirograph string arts and of course share the tutorial.

I hope you enjoy making one!

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    18 Discussions


    2 years ago

    This tutorial from Muhaiminah Faiz inspired me to make my own spirograph based on this idea.

    The whole dimensions are 60 x 60 cm and the wood is oil with linseed oil.

    The blue items on the top are constellations. The right bottom corner is filled with translucent resin. The left bottom corner is also filled with resin. The three blue items are colored with glow pigment and glows in the dark.

    The center consists of a resin filled convex glas with a picture of a galaxy in the background.

    Best regards from germany


    3 years ago

    Haven't seen this since the 1970s! I'd forgotten about it! Looks great!


    3 years ago

    Love this this! Made mine with foam board and brass colored linoleum tacks. It was a very fun project! Thanks for the Instructable!!


    4 years ago on Introduction

    it is looking good, but i have an question arising in my mind. i think marking the points in circle for nails is not so accurate. even we mark it at every one cm, it might possible that at last we left with some where between 1-2 cm space.

    5 replies

    Thanks! Though the marking might not be perfect but they didn't leave 1.5 cm at any point. Besides If we don't mark them it would be difficult to hammer the nails in an equal distance.

    nice designs, i thinking if we make drawing in application like CorelDraw and define dots in that, we can make a perfect art piece.

    It's very pretty but can I suggest a faster way to make it? Instead of having to manually tie off the string after each triangle or square and change colours, if you can buy a skein of rainbow thread or yarn that's dyed different colours along its length, you can wrap it around continuously counting off prime numbers like 5, 7, 13 etc. between pins.

    1 reply

    Thanks! Thanks so much for the suggestion! I did look for a rainbow thread or yarn but couldn't find any at that moment so went for using different colored strings. This was just a first attempt, I will surely use shaded thread next time! :)


    4 years ago

    Very nice. I love the colors and textures.

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