Ahh, upcycled harp string crafts! You know I enjoy those! So here's another one today. This might be a fun project to do with your students. The beads can be a little messy, but good for fine motor skills. If you have younger students, a fun variation would be to use pipe cleaners (chenille stems) and pony beads instead of jewelry wire and seed beads.
Bass (wire) harp string
1. Cut your petal wire a bit longer than the size of your petal.
2. Wrap the wire around the string. Where it meets, wrap the wire together, then wrap the shorter tail around the string, leaving a long tail.
3. Add beads....and beads....and beads.
4. Leave about a one-inch tail of wire, and wrap the tail around the harp string. Where the wire meets, again wrap both pieces of wire together (twisting the two sides of the petal together). Wrap the remaining wire tail around the string.
5. Repeat steps 1-4 for however many petals you want.
6. If your petals are slipping down, add some glue to hold them up. If the felt ring is still on your wire, you can take it off before starting, then glue it under the petals to hold them up. You can use tape to hold the drying parts. Or you can use hot glue, but take care not to burn your harp fingers!
7. Once the glue dries, enjoy your flower(s)! You can use your note-embellished skull as a vase.
I made a few variations as well (as seen in the title image). I made one flower with seed beads and sequins and one with three pieces of wire braided together for each one piece of beaded wire on the original version. For that one, some of them were too long, so I just used one piece of wire and looped it around to make two petals.
I'd love to see your take on this project! Make sure to tag me on social media, and/or use #fischarper!
Barbara Fischer runs Fischarper, LLC and loves her job as a harpist and private music educator.She enjoys blogging about various aspects of the music field on fischarper.com/blog. For more music resources, check out the Fischarper Teachers Pay Teachers Store and Making Harp Lessons Exciting For Young Children, written by Bambi Fischer (Barbara’s mom!) and revised and edited by Barbara. You can connect with Barbara all over the interwebs on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest,and YouTube.
When this posts, it will be St. Patrick's Day! So, happy St. Patrick's Day!
Would you like to embroider? Do you have used harp strings? If so, here's a great project for you to try...harp embroidery using real strings!
fabric (I used part of an old sheet)
old harp strings
large darning or yarn needle
embroidery floss or similar material
Put your material in the embroidery hoop.
Outline a harp shape in chalk on your material. If you need a pattern, you can try the one for the DIY Harp Cut-Out T-Shirt.
Line up your strings for placement.
Make holes with your darning needle where you want your strings.
Put your strings in the harp. It might take a little finagling.
Here's what it looks like from the back.
Repeat until your harp is fully strung.
Here it is from the back again.
Start embroidering around the harp shape that you drew in chalk.
Sew around your long stitches if necessary.
Don't forget to initial your work!
There it is! You can do different variations, colors, etc. The title image has a few options.
Display this however you want. You can leave it in the embroidery hoop, trim around it, and hang it up like that, or you can incorporate it into another project.
Check out some other harp string crafts while you're at it! Which one is your favorite? If you make one, be sure to tag me on social media and/or use #Fischarper!
Barbara Fischer runs Fischarper, LLC and loves her job as a harpist and private music educator. She enjoys blogging about various aspects of the music field on fischarper.com/blog. For more music resources, check out the Fischarper Teachers Pay Teachers Store and Making Harp Lessons Exciting For Young Children, written by Bambi Fischer (Barbara’s mom!) and revised and edited by Barbara. You can connect with Barbara all over the interwebs on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube.
Happy October! Try this (fairly simple) Harp-O-Lantern to get your studio in the fall spirit! I thought I started thinking about how to make a Harp-O-Lantern since I saw this contest on A Beautiful Mess...but I thought it was last year, So, I'm not sure, but here it is!
Old Harp Strings
Candle (battery operated would probably be the safest choice)
First, cut the top off your pumpkin.
Clean the seeds and strings out the best you can.
You can fry or bake the seeds later....and compost the strings. :)
You can freehand a harp shape or print this template (and resize if necessary to an appropriate size for your pumpkin). Trace the shape onto the pumpkin.
The tracing doesn't have to be perfect.
Cut out around your drawing, making sure to remove any marker/pencil.
This part might be optional, depending on how soft your pumpkin is and how firm your strings are. Poke a toothpick into the pumpkin, making holes where you want your strings. Make sure to put corresponding holes in the "soundboard" area and the "neck" area.
Trim your strings to length (make sure to leave extra to anchor them into the pumpkin), and poke them into the holes you make.
Continue "stringing" your harp until you've reached the desired number of strings. I only had room for five.
Put your candle in it and enjoy! I used a real candle, but only had it lit for a very short amount of time at a time. Be careful!
Broken strings? Just restrung your harp? Upcycle them! Not only can you sometimes tie them to make them still playable (exhibit A, exhibit B), but you can also use them for a fun craft project! Try assigning your student to make something out of used harp strings. You can let the student have creative say and you never know how you'll be pleasantly surprised!
You could also try your hand at something like this, found on the University of Illinois' harp department Facebook page.
String crafts could be a fun activity for a music camp as well. Harp strings are so pricey, it's a shame to just toss them! Plus, reusing is not only trendy as a "green" activity, it's also fun, free/inexpensive, and lowers the amount of waste!
If you or your students make some harp string art, show me in the comments, on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter! You could also certainly try this with other instrument strings!
What's the craziest thing you've seen made out of musical instrument strings?
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