Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Wintery String Art Photo Frame

Turn Festive Works of String Art Into Picture Frames
by A.V. Bautista, production designer and kooky Klutz crafter

‘Tis the season to be stringin’ and it’s excitingly easy!

There are so many awesome string art projects in the String Art book from KLUTZ. 

Once you’ve given a couple projects a try, you’ll be eager to venture out on your own to make any string art you can imagine.

Inspired by the holidays, I thought it would be crazy cool to make a snowflake string frame. And to keep in the spirit of giving and sharing, here’s how I did it.

What you’ll need:
  • Pins (from the STRING ART book)
  • Pinning tool (from the STRING ART book)
  • String (from the STRING ART book or any of your own)
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Wrapping paper
  • Art to trace and turn into string art
  • A photo to place in the center 
Step 1
Get cardboard boxes and cut them up to whatever size you want for your art. My boxes aren’t big enough so I’m sticking multiple pieces together to make a larger piece.

Step 2
Glue three cardboard sheets together in a stack. The goal is to make cardboard that’s as thick as the pieces included in the STRING ART book. The thick cardboard will help hold the pins up. 

Step 3
Get wrapping paper that would make a good background for your art. For my snowflake string art design, I’ll be using a wintery snowflake wrapping paper background. Make sure to cut your wrapping paper to a size slightly bigger than your cardboard base (about 1 ½ inches around the edges). 

Step 4 
Wrap and tape wrapping paper over your cardboard base. Make sure it covers one side completely.

Step 5
Print or draw a design on paper to use as a stencil for your string art frame. At the center of my shimmering snowflake I’ve left a hole for a photo. The center could be any shape: a circle, a rectangle, a heart perhaps for a valentine? Whatever you can think of. Place it right in the center.

Step 6
Pin all around the perimeter of your shape. Be sure to use the pinning tool from String Art. This will make your pinning go faster, keep all of the pins the same height (and straight!), and will protect your fingers from getting strained and tired. This tool is also great because it has an end that lets you pull the pins out if you make a mistake.

Step 7
After pinning around your center shape, rip off the paper with your traced or printed design. Thinner paper will rip off easier. My paper was thick, so I had to rip it off little by little.

Step 8
It’s stringin’ time! Wrap string around your pins to create your design. If you’re wondering how to string, the book has several marvelous methods that can help with your super-stylish string art. 

Step 9
Cut a photo to fit inside the size and shape of your frame.

Step 10
Tape or glue your photo.

Step 11
Ta-da! Stringin’ like you’ve never seen before! Now find a nice spot to display your masterpiece or wrap it up for someone special.


Monday, 14 December 2015

In A Galaxy Far, Far Away

by Julia Romero, sales manager, and best aunt ever 

I have three amazing nephews that I obsessively think of as my own. To them, I am Aunt Juju, or Jooj for short. Having spent the last decade in the children’s industry, I’ve made it my mission to spoil these boys rotten with the greatest toys and activities I could find. And much to my sister’s chagrin, they’ve learned to expect only the best. But that hasn’t deterred my constant need to find them something unique and special.

Last year, they moved to St Louis. Although they’re now 950 miles away, I still make sure they understand Juju’s present power, and I send them surprise gifts throughout the year.

With the new release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I knew the next delivery would have to be Klutz’ Star Wars Folded Flyers. They’re obsessed with all things Star Wars, something I completely encourage. Since the boys range in age from 4–8, I knew this book would have something for all of them. 


Henry, age 8, did most of the cutting and folding. And he didn’t stop at just one. He completed the Jedi Starfighter, the Advances X1, and the Millennium Falcon within the first sitting.

And while Henry read each ship’s factoids, Georgie, age 4, took the flyers and flew them around the house, showing off as if he created them himself.


And bonus points for me, my sister even thanked me for sending something that didn’t make sounds or come with batteries or gooey slime!

Now, what do I get them for Christmas?