DIY String Heart Instruction
Valentine’s Day is full of candy hearts and bright-colored garland to celebrate love. But if you’re looking for an understated way to decorate — or a decoration you can keep up all year long — consider a DIY String Heart.
This popular craft project has been popping up on Pinterest for some time now and is especially popular as February 14 quickly approaches. String hearts can be a great way to personalize empty wall space or offer a unique decorating option for crafty brides to be. You don’t need to be a DIY maven to successfully create a string heart. Use the step-by-step instructions below to create a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork that you can gift or keep for yourself.
String Heart Art
- Acrylic paint
- Foam brushes
- Craft string
- Wax paper
1. Cut your piece of wood to size. Note that this will be the background of your project and will limit the size of your string art heart. We recommend a 12-inch-by-12-inch square or larger, but choose what fits your space!
2. Sand the wood paying special attention to any rough edges, so you have a smooth work surface.
3. Paint the wood surface and the edges to match your space. Take into account your existing décor and what color string you’ll be using to create the string art. A simple black or white background will really make a red heart pop. A red background will complement a light pink heart. The options are endless!
4. Allow the paint to dry overnight.
5. Create a heart pattern using parchment paper and center it on your wood background.
6. Next, grab your nails. We recommend using 1.25-inch finishing nails, which come in a variety of colors, though you can use whatever you have around the house.Use the hammer to drive the nails through the edge of the pattern, evenly spacing each nail until you complete the outline of the heart.
7. Use the hammer to drive the nails through the edge of the pattern, evenly spacing each nail until you complete the outline of the heart.
8. Remove the parchment paper being careful to discard any pieces that might be stuck around the edges of your nails.
9. Next, find the edge of your craft string. Again, this is an area where you can let your personality shine! If you’re doing this craft project for Valentine’s Day, you might want to stick to a shade of red or pink. Brides might want their heart in one of their wedding colors. Or, you can even use multiple colors of string!
10. Attach the end of your craft string to a nail and begin looping the string around the nails on your board. There’s no right or wrong way to complete this project — make your heart as opaque as you like!
11. When you’ve finished filling out your pattern, cut the string and tie the end to a nail in a knot. If you’re using multiple colors in your heart, repeat steps 10 and 11 for each color.
12. Display your crafty work of heart art!