Canada Day String Art July 01 2014 by Rhyan Arthur, comments

Looking for a fun and simple craft to do with your children or grandchildren this Canada Day? Maple leaf string art is easy to do, requires very little cleanup, and uses materials you probably already have around the house.

Fun and simple Canada Day string art craft for kids


  • piece of wood to use as a platform (we used leftover melamine board)
  • maple leaf template
  • nails (we used finishing nails)
  • string or yarn
Step 1: Tape the maple leaf template to the wooden platform

Step 1 - Attach the Template

Attach the maple leaf template to the wooden platform. Bonus points for using the ugliest tape you can find.

Step 2: Hammer nails using the template as a guide

Step 2 - Nails

Pound a nail into each 'point' of the maple leaf.  Make sure the nails are in deep enough that the kids won't accidentally pull them out as they're winding string around them.  Remove the template after you've finished nailing.

Step 3: Outline the maple leaf

Step 3 - Outline

Choose your favorite color of yarn to outline the maple leaf.  Tie a knot around one of the nails and then loop the yarn around each nail in order.

Step 4: Fill the maple leaf in with string

Step 4 - String It!

Let the kids go a little wild stringing their favorite color of yarn through the center of the maple leaf. Will they go for a random look like my kids did or opt for a more patterned design?

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