DIY music gifts, DIY harp gift wrap, and now DIY harp string gift bows?! You are so ready for your favorite harp player's birthday! This is a fairly easy project, but is so personalized. It's also another way to upcycle those used strings.
Used harp strings - not all of them hold the twisty shape; gut seemed to work best, but you might have to have a little trial and error
Paper for the base (I used excess from this wrapping)
Small pliers and wire cutters
Small hole punch (or pin)
Cut a piece from your base about 3x longer and 2x wider than you want the finished base. Fold in half longways and in thirds the other way.
Unfold and punch holes for your desired number of strings. I originally made 12, but changed to 9. Use the tiny hole punch for this, not the pliers. If you don't have a tiny hole punch, you can try using a pin.
Start twisting the string with the pliers, making a corkscrew.
Keep twisting. Curl the entire piece of string, and repeat for the remaining.
Insert a string into one of the holes.
Make sure a little is sticking out on the back.
Do this for all the holes you made.
The back should look like this. It might be a little tricky, especially if your strings are quite a bit smaller than the holes. Just keep working at it, and take a break if it gets too frustrating. :)
Blob some glue on the string ends...on the back.
Tape and trim the sides and bottom of the bow base.
Admire your work and attach it to a gift! You could use this harp wrapping paper, this music gift tag, and/or this music gift box. While you're at it, think about adding one of these diy gifts!
Did you make this? Be sure to show me on social media! Tag me and/or use #Fischarper.
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