Did you know that the pineapple is a popular traditional feng shui symbol of good luck and prosperity? It’s also a traditional symbol of friendship and hospitality in the south, therefore no true southern household should be without at least one form of pineapple art in their home in my opinion! I’ve become obsessed with string art lately and thought creating a version with a sunny yellow pineapple would be a fun way to welcome summer. Follow the simple steps below to create your own pineapple craft string art!
- Walnut Hollow® Pinewood Plaque with French Corners
- Assorted Colors Embroidery Floss
- Acrylic Paint (I used Martha Stewart Ballet Slipper)
- Paint Brush
- Small Nails (I used 18 gauge x ¾” Wire Nails)
- Printable Pineapple Template
First cover your work surface and paint the wooden plaque a solid color. I actually started this project for myself so I painted the plaque a turquoise color to match my home. However, after I got started, I realized it would make a sweet décor piece for my friend’s daughter’s newly redecorated bedroom. So after the paint had dried I painted over the blue with a pretty light pink color instead.
Once the paint has dried, cut out the free printable pineapple template above and center on your plaque.
Using a hammer, add nails all around the edges of the pineapple template. I hammered them in about halfway so there would be plenty of room to wind the embroidery floss around them. You can use a pair of needle nose pliers to hold the nails in place to keep your fingers from being hammered. I may or may not have hit my thumb a few times before I decided to use them!
Once all your nails are in place, tie one end of the green embroidery floss around one of the nails at the top. Begin winding the embroidery floss around the outside of the nails to form the shape of the pineapple’s leaves. Once you’ve gone around each one once, criss cross the green floss around the nails, going back and forth to fill in the blank space. I didn’t have any rhyme or reason to my approach; I just kept going until there was enough green at the top to resemble the leaves. Once you’re satisfied with the leaves, cut the floss and knot it around one of the nails.
Next, tie one end of the yellow embroidery floss to a nail, and begin winding it around the lower part of the pineapple.
Follow the same steps above to fill in the pineapple shape. I started by going back and forth on an angle, and then went in the opposite direction to fill in. Tie off the yellow floss after you’ve filled in the bottom portion to your liking, and that’s it!
Now you’re all set to create your own easy peasy pineapple craft string art, that is sure to make everyone who visits your home feel welcome!