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Red and white have always been one of my favorite color combinations (they were even my wedding colors) and I enjoy creating unique home decor so this project was just my style. This lovely heart craft took less than an hour to make and can easily enhance your Valentine’s Day decor.  You can make your own in no time by following the steps below.

Supplies for String Heart by Girl in the Garage

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Wooden board (and sandpaper if it’s a little rough)
  • Craft paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Small nails (mine were 5/8 in.)
  • Nylon string
  • Sheet of paper
  • Scissors

I bought the board at a craft store for a few dollars and sanded it a bit to make it smooth. Then I painted the board white and the trim bright red, each two coats.  (I didn’t get my lines very straight so I ended up using painter’s tape later to fix them.)

Painted board by Girl in the Garage

Next I folded a piece of paper in half and cut out a heart like we learned in first grade.  I centered it on the board and weighed it down with the paint bottles.

Then starting at the bottom, I tapped nails around the edge of the heart about a half inch apart, pushing the nails about halfway into the wood.

Tapping nails around paper heart by Girl in the Garage

When the nails were all in place, I lifted the paper and this is what I had:

Nails around heart by Girl in the Garage

Then I took the string and tied the end around the bottom nail, cutting off the excess.  I made a criss-cross pattern, wrapping the string around each nail and across the heart.  Be sure to keep the string very tight when you are pulling it.  Of course you could experiment and wrap your string however you like, I’m sure there are many different ways to be creative with this!

Crossing the string by Girl in the Garage

Finally I ended the string by tying another knot around the middle nail at the top.  Here’s a side view of how it turned out:

Heart String side view by Girl in the Garage

Pretty simple, huh?

Heart Strings by Girl in the Garage

I ended up putting it on the mantle to add some loveliness to my living room.

Heart Strings Mantle by Girl in the Garage

What plans or traditions do you have for the upcoming holiday?

I will be celebrating a simple but uplifting Valentine’s Day with my three true loves!


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30 Comments on Heartstrings

  1. Roxana
    February 4, 2013 at 9:10 am (6 years ago)

    Lovely…I remember string art when I was a teen. Brings back memories. Of course, it was a little funky back then!

    • Jen
      February 4, 2013 at 1:39 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks Roxana. This was my first experience with string art and I can definitely see a lot of possibilities with it!

    • Jen
      February 4, 2013 at 1:40 pm (6 years ago)

      Jeanette, thanks- I’ll be sure to stop by! See you there 🙂

    • Jen
      February 4, 2013 at 1:40 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks for visiting Adrianne, I appreciate it!

    • Jen
      February 4, 2013 at 1:40 pm (6 years ago)

      Thank you Megan!

  2. Nancy
    February 4, 2013 at 2:19 pm (6 years ago)

    I really love this–the way you wrapped it is so simple and beautiful. I would over do it and ruin it!

    • Jen
      February 4, 2013 at 2:50 pm (6 years ago)

      Nancy, that sounds like something I would usually do! I guess it was good that I was trying to finish it quickly before my husband got home…lol. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  3. Stephanie
    February 4, 2013 at 6:10 pm (6 years ago)

    This is so beautiful and creative – I love it 🙂 I will definitely be pinning this and will hopefully make it someday.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    • Jen
      February 4, 2013 at 10:34 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks Stephanie! You should definitely try it- it didn’t take hardly any time to make. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

  4. Ashely
    February 5, 2013 at 9:05 am (6 years ago)

    I’ve been wanting to make one of these they’re so cute! Great job and great inspiration!
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  5. Bonny @ thedomesticatedprincess.com
    February 5, 2013 at 8:11 pm (6 years ago)

    I used to love doing that type of string art in circles but never thought to try it with a heart shape! This turned out lovely!

    • Jen
      February 5, 2013 at 8:46 pm (6 years ago)

      I bet there are so many neat ways to do it in a circle, I might have to experiment some more… Thanks for stopping by, Bonny!

  6. Carrie @ My Favorite Finds
    February 5, 2013 at 8:21 pm (6 years ago)

    This is one of the most original Valentine’s Day projects I’ve seen. So cute!

    • Jen
      February 5, 2013 at 8:50 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks Carrie, glad to have you here!

    • Jen
      February 6, 2013 at 3:19 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Mandy! Have a great day 🙂

    • Jen
      February 7, 2013 at 1:20 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks, Angie! I’ll stop by. 🙂 Jen

    • Jen
      February 7, 2013 at 9:37 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks so much Marilyn! I just stopped by your party and linked up. 🙂 Jen

  7. Marilyn
    February 8, 2013 at 3:16 pm (6 years ago)

    YEA! Thanks for sharing at the Loving Valentine’s Day Party! I’m so glad you did!


    • Jen
      February 8, 2013 at 4:58 pm (6 years ago)

      You’re welcome, thanks for the invite! 🙂

  8. Brenda Anderson
    February 6, 2015 at 12:29 am (4 years ago)

    I really like this. Your instructions are very easy to follow!

    • Jen
      February 6, 2015 at 10:38 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you Brenda! 🙂


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