by Susie Nelson

Create beautiful string art with die cuts and embroidery floss.


  • Cardstock scallops either cut with punches or dies

  • Crochet thread or embroidery floss

  • Tape

  • Scissors


  1. Step 1

    Tape one end of the thread to the back side of the scallop.

    DO NOT cut the thread until the spirelli is complete.

  2. Step 2

    Run thread from a scallop valley to another scallop valley. Skip at least 3 scallops for the “wrap.” Make sure it’s taut.

  3. The back of the scallop will look like this.

  4. Step 3

    Continue “wrapping” in one direction only, always skipping the same amount of scallops. (If you work counter clockwise, always continue in the the counter clockwise way.)

  5. The back of the scallop will look like this.

  6. Step 4

    Continue “wrapping” always moving in the same direction. You will be doubling up on each scallop valley with the thread until all valleys have 2 threads each.

    Partway through the wrap, the scalloped circle will look like this.

  7. Step 5

    Tape the thread on the back when the wrapping is finished.
    Cut the thread.

  8. Step 6

    This is how the spirelli will look when completed. You should have two threads in each valley of the scallop.

  9. Step 7

    Finish your card.



  1. Different scallop shapes give you a different look.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Spirelli. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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THIS IS VERY CUTE. I'm sure I will make some beautiful cards using this tutorial. Thank you so much for sharing and showing us how.
loulou9  |  Wed Nov 23, 2011 at 3:59 AM
I loved, thanks.
betania  |  Wed Nov 23, 2011 at 5:28 AM
Just in time to use for Christmas cards! Great video (as usual) Beate! Thanks for sharing!
Susanne  |  Wed Nov 23, 2011 at 6:58 AM
I have done this with a scallop punch, instead of a die cut, which back then, I had never heard of. Since the scallops were not quite as deep, we would snip in between ea. scallop just a smidge, to be sure the string would stay put. We used silver or gold string, and made some beautiful cards. I was told to always skip an odd number of scallops, like 3 or 5. Also, I ended up doing this with a "postage Stamp" punch which is square, and it looks good too.
stamps4funGin  |  Wed Nov 23, 2011 at 7:05 AM
Another thing that I forgot to say above, is that the silver and gold thread is sold at Michael's and last yr, they had a sale on a package of gold, silver and red for the holiday season. The more scallops that you skip, the smaller the center circle is. You can do a really big one for a picture frame, make it double sided, and use it for a Christmas tree ornament with the year of the child or wedding etc. on one side, the picture on the other. Gin
stamps4funGin  |  Wed Nov 23, 2011 at 7:12 AM
I LOVE Spirelli. It was one of my favorite childhood toys alongside the Lightbright! Definitely going to make one of these today!
Thanks for the tutorial!
Beverly Cole  |  Wed Nov 23, 2011 at 7:20 AM
What a great idea, Beate! I remember making string art pictures years ago. I need to try this again on a card smile
Thanks for the memories of that fun project and the great idea!! Happy Thanksgiving!
Renie in MN  |  Wed Nov 23, 2011 at 7:54 AM
Thanks for showing how to do the Spirelli. Can't wait to try making this.
Carole Miller  |  Wed Nov 23, 2011 at 9:19 AM
Another great technique & video Beate. Thank you for sharing. ;0) Traci Lord
Traci Lord  |  Wed Nov 23, 2011 at 9:27 AM
wow is this making a come-back I haven't done any for years
lindylou50  |  Wed Nov 23, 2011 at 9:41 AM
Love this tutorial. I can make stacks of the scallops and have them ready to use. It doesn't take long to string them with various colors. Going to have to check out the holiday metalic colors. Thanks for this!!
Kathy  |  Wed Nov 23, 2011 at 9:50 AM
Your tutorial was great. I tried this many, many years ago but now I think I'll incorporate it into my cards. Thanks so much.
Shirley Fread  |  Wed Nov 23, 2011 at 9:59 AM
I have never seen this used on a card before. Great idea. Thanks for sharing.
Kathleen  |  Wed Nov 23, 2011 at 11:16 AM
I can't wait to get home to try this!!

Christine Komadina  |  Wed Nov 23, 2011 at 1:04 PM
great idea better than sewing.
marlene geiger  |  Wed Nov 23, 2011 at 2:06 PM
Stunning ! I only joined this site a fortnight ago & am so thrilled to be sharing all these wonderful card ideas and videos. Thank you so very much. Thank goodness we have gifted people like you to share your talent. Really impressed x
Jane  |  Wed Nov 23, 2011 at 3:25 PM
What a great tutorial. I was going to Google this because its been so many years since I did it I couldn't remember exactly how. Thanks for your time and talent. Have a Happy Turkey Day!
Sylvia Johnson  |  Wed Nov 23, 2011 at 5:40 PM
I love that old technique and I am glad to see it here !
Thanks Susie for the tutorial and Beate for the video !
Here is my new card :
and an old one :


greetings from Belgium,
niki1  |  Wed Nov 23, 2011 at 6:11 PM
loved this art. can't wait to try it thanks
wanda welch  |  Wed Nov 23, 2011 at 9:35 PM
Oh this is lovely Beate!! I think this technique would be beautiful as a flower. I am going to give this a try. Thank you smile
Mary H  |  Thu Nov 24, 2011 at 5:48 AM

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