As you know, I’ve been obsessed lately with string art. We’re starting to pull things together for my daughter’s room decor, and she has a bright and fun vibe. Of course we needed to incorporate some string art – and so Heart String Art it is!
So fun and bright, and a simple shape so it’s not a complicated string art… I even have the secret to making string art easy….
I’m excited to share this post as part of the Michael’s Makers favorite brands, and I’m all about Lion Brand Yarn – I can’t get enough of their bon bons, the mini yarn balls – it’s a great way to get a large variety of colors without buys tons and tons of yarn (although I like to do that too….) It was super fun helping Michaels celebrate their Big Brand Sale, which launches next week, and getting to create a project using product from a brand that I love! Lion Brand yarn includes a variety of different textures, colors and weights perfect for all projects and is available in stores and on Michaels.com and it is on sale from 8/2-8/8 – just check out the Big Brand Sale landing page for more details.
So let’s dive right in – – you’ll need yarn in the color choices you desire, a board the size you desire, and a shape you desire (I had a heart) – obviously this is super customizable! Also a ruler, pencil, hammer, nails, and drill.
I marked the edge of my board so the nails would be evenly spaced. Mine are 1/2 in apart, but you can experiment and see what you like best.
When I’ve made string art in the past, I always struggle with hammering in the nails, which may seem silly, but it’s tricky to get them in straight, etc. So the secret to making string art simple is this: predrill your nail holes. It makes all the difference! That way it’ll hold your nail steady while you hammer it in the rest of the way, and you know it’s straight.
After I drilled the holes, I nailed in the nails into each one.
Next up you’ll prep for the shape. I printed my shape off, then drilled the holes right through the paper along the outline. Then when I was done drilling, I removed the paper and voila.
Nail those nails in as well.
Next up is the wrapping – I had about double the amount of nails on my outer edge than I did on my heart, so I figure I needed to wrap every outer nail twice for each heart nail, if that makes sense. I put together a quick wrapping video for ya:
That’s all there is to it! You might have seen in the video, but I trimmed off the knots where I changed color yarn and woven then in a little so they’re not noticeable. You could plan ahead on where your color changes will be – I just eyeballed mine as I went along.
I think it turned out super super cute – –
Perfect pairing with crocheted hearts on a garland, made from the same yarn. Look for a post on the how-to of the garland coming up!
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