Thanks for coming to the Social Craft's blog! We give you great DIY craft party ideas whether you are hosting a group for ladies' night or just wanting to do a craft individually. In this article, we are teaching you a gorgeous Valentine's Day, or Galentine's Day, decoration craft for the home - my Heart String Art craft! A super easy craft anyone can accomplish.
-Video tutorial of this craft is at the end of this article-
Supplies you will need for this craft & their links for easy shopping:
• Ruler (optional), 1 per person, or at least per 2 people https://amzn.to/36ESroU
STEPS - HEART STRING ART:
STEP 1: Decide which is the front and back of the wood of your Heart String Art piece. Place the front side down and backside up towards you. Attach picture hanger with hammer and nails. I like to use a needle nose plier to hold the nails so I don't bang up my fingers.
STEP 2: With the front side of the wood up. Hammer in four nails, if this was a clock, nail them in at 3, 6, 9, and 12 o'clock marks. Basically four roughly evenly spaced nails from each other around the circle. ONLY hammer them in about halfway, you want about 1/8-1/4" of the nail still left above the wood piece.
STEP 3: With a pencil, make a mark equally in between each of the nails you just hammered in. Totaling four pencil marks. Now hammer in nails at those marks, again, leaving 1/8-1/4" of the nail above the wood (all nails you hammer in, you will leave the same amount above the wood).
STEP 4: You'll repeat step 3 only now making marks equally in between all of the nails you now have in the wood. Totalling 16 pencil marks and hammering nails into those marks.
STEP 5: Repeat these steps again until you like how many nails are placed in your wood. I ended up with 32 nails around the outside.
STEP 6: Using a piece of cardstock, fold it in half and draw half a heart on the fold. Cut it out with scissors. Then trace on to the wood where you want it.
STEP 7: Using your pencil, make marks around the heart of where you want to place the nails. I started with a dot at the valley and the point (shown in the picture as the red dots) then made dots about 1/4" away from each other around the heart. For more of my technique of doing this check out the Valentine's Day - DIY Heart String Art tutorial video here.
STEP 8: Hammer nails into the heart, remember keeping 1/8-1/4" of the nail above the wood.
STEP 9: This step is my own preference for keeping the embroidery string from tangling. I like to wrap the embroidery string onto a folded cardstock or index card for easy use and so it doesn't tangle during the next steps.
STEP 10: Choose any nail on the outside and tie the embroidery string to it. I quadruple knot it and then use super glue to secure it.
STEP 11: Start to wrap the string from one nail to the next. You can see here I started off super clean and neat. Seeing that I did three different layers of colors I don't think it was necessary to make the string this clean. Check out how I did the second layer string in STEP 15, I personally would do all the layers as I do in step 15 (vs how I do it here). Continue to wrap the string around the nails however you want, just avoid crossing over the center of the heart.
STEP 12: After done wrapping the first layer of string, meet the string ends back to the beginning nail and tie the two tails together. Again I knot it about four times and then superglue it.
STEP 13: This is optional for your Heart String Art. I wanted to outline the heart so I tied and superglued the string to one of the heart nails and wrapped the string around the heart nails. I tied the two tails together at the end and superglued it.
After all super glue is dry, I cut off the string tails.
STEP 14: Then using another color embroidery string (I used pink) I tied and superglued it to an outside nail.
STEP 15: For this layer, I randomly crisscrossed the strings from nail to nail. Going from outside to inside nail, sometimes from outside to outside nail, just never crossing over the center of the heart. I did this until I was happy with the layer of this color string.
STEP 16: Found my way back to the beginning tail of this string and tied and superglued it.
STEP 17: I repeated this with a darker red color, totaling three different layers of color string. You can do as many as you want!
STEP 18 (optional): Using a black Sharpie, I colored the heads of the nails so they were black and not silver.
And WA-LAH you got yourself your finished Heart String Art a gorgeous Valentine's Day decoration you can put anywhere in your house or gift it to a friend!
If you want to see this Heart String Art tutorial in more detail see our video below.
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