To get you and your kiddos ready for Beauty and The Beast how about doing a craft this weekend? I’ve seen lots of these type of string art hanging around and thought a rose would be beautiful! So let’s get to it!
- Green Embroidery Floss
- Red Embroidery Floss
- Black Embroidery Floss
**I used Embroidery Floss that had 27.3 yards and was thicker. 1 skein of each was MORE than enough for my project, but yours may vary depending on the size of your rose.
- a piece of wood to put your project on (Mine was a pine board 7.25 inches x 8.25 inches x1 inch, stained the color espresso)
- a box of nails with smaller heads (3/4 to 1 inch long work great!)
- paint marker or whatever you like to use for wording on wood
- a picture of a rose to use for the outline (I did a search for the Beauty and the Beast rose, found one I liked and printed it to fit the section of my board. A tape measure will really come in handy here. The head of my rose is about 3 inches x 3 inches.)
- needle nose pliers (optional, you don’t need it, but it can be really useful holding nails while hammering)
- lettering stencil (also optional. You can totally free hand the words!)
- sawtooth picture hanger(optional for hanging if you’d like)
This is such an easy craft project anyone can do and is also not very expensive. It’s so customizable too, don’t feel like you need it to look exactly like mine. Be creative and love the process! Most of the supplies you may already have in your home. You could even try it with yarn if that’s what you have. Check your local lumber store for wood scraps and find a piece about the size you want. They may even trim it for you if needed. You can also find pre-finished, pre-made wood boards to use at many craft stores. It’s just up to you and your comfort level for crafting.
Start by taping your rose picture to your board. Hammer nails about halfway into the board approximately 1/2 inch apart. No need to be exact, go ahead and eyeball it. In the tighter spaces, I found using the needle nose pliers to hold the nail while hammering was really helpful. When you have all your nails placed, pull up your rose picture carefully and set it aside. I used mine for visualizing where I needed to do the string placement when changing colors.
Pick a nail to start your red string and tie the end on it tight. I went around the outside first to make the outline of the rose and petals. I wound it completely around each nail at least once to make sure it would hold in place. After I had the outlines of the rose and petals done, I started zig zagging from nail to nail, all over to get the rose filled in. Do this as much as you like to get the desired amount of color. I didn’t even use 1 full skien of the red for this, but had 2 on hand just in case! I used the needle nose pliers again to help push the strings down the shaft of the nail as I went. You don’t want it to get too thick and start bunching up at the head of the nail. When you have as much string as you like on it, tie the end off on whichever nail you end on. Make sure to trim the tails of your string to keep it neat!
Repeat the process for the stem with the green string.
Use the black string to make the outline of the rose and petals. I did a one string outline and came back around a second time to darken the lines a bit. The first time around, I put the string on one side of the nail. The second time, I went on the opposite side of the nail. It gave me a more defined look to my rose. If you like the way yours looks after one, go ahead and be done. If you feel like it should be thicker, try adding a third. It’s totally up to you! This is also where that rose picture comes in. I referenced it quite a bit to see where my petals should separate!
When you have all your string placed where you love it, it’s time to write your favorite Beauty and the Beast saying on it. I went with “Tale as Old as Time” because for me, that IS Beauty and the Beast. (Did you just start singing it in your head like I always do?)
Remember, this is just to give you an idea of how to do the string art. You can make it as easy or as hard as you like! This one took me about one hour and 30 minutes from start to finish. That’s with printing the picture to finish with writing. I also put a sawtooth picture hanger on the back of mine to hang it on my wall. But this guy looks great leaning too!!
About The Movie
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; six-time Tony Award® winner Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, the wardrobe; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.
Directed by Oscar® winner Bill Condon from a screenplay by TBD based on the 1991 animated film, the film is produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, providing the score, which will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice. “Beauty and the Beast” will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.