String Paintings

Want to make pictures similar to those in “There is Something Growing in My Shoe?” You can and it is easy and fun!
If you are a small kid, have a big kid or a grownup help you with steps 1 through 5. You can do steps 6-10 all by yourself, with just a little supervision!


  1. String
  2. Sketching paper
  3. Paper towels
  4. Tempera paint and small paint brush
  5. Bowls for paint (margarine tubs work well)
  6. Markers
  7. Glue
  8. Googly eyes
  9. Scissors
  10. Butcher paper (paper grocery bags or newspapers work great)



1. Cut your strings and sketching paper. Measuring about arm length for the strings works great.

1.1. A half sheet is a good starting size for the sketching paper.

1.2. Fold your paper in half like a greeting card, then open it and lay it out flat, with the inside of the fold facing up.

Cut Strings

2. Add a little paint to your bowl.

2.1. Add a little bit of water to the paint.

2.2 Stir the water with the paint. The paint should feel like a creamy soup when the right amount of water is added.

Add Water

3. Dip about 2/3 of the string into the paint. Using some tape to mark a stopping point on your string is a great way to keep from getting too messy.

3.1 Use a paintbrush to help push the string down in the paint.

Add String

4. When pulling the string out of the cup, hold the brush against it to squeeze off some of the excess paint.

Push String

5. Put the string onto a paper towel and fold the paper towel over the string to lightly blot it.

Blot String

6. Place the painty part of the string onto the paper in a random fashion.

6.1 Fold the paper over the string.

Fold Paper

7. With the paper folded over, press down on the paper as you pull out the string.

Pull String

8. Unfold the paper and let dry for a little bit.

Let Dry

9. Add feet, legs, arms and any other creative items you can think of.

Let Dry

10. Glue on some eyes.

Add Eyes
11. Enjoy