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DIY Heart-Shaped String Art

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As many of you readers know, I’m on a major 2016 mission to add seasonal décor to our home, and with Valentine’s Day on the horizon, I wanted to think about something simple that I could add to prep for the holiday. While I love the concept of Valentine’s Day, my husband and I tend to be quite low-key when it comes to celebrating the day. We might have a nice dinner together at home, find a local activity, or give a small gift — nothing too elaborate. I wanted our home décor to match that sentiment and focused on adding a few simple things to our common room areas.

While perusing Etsy, I came across the concept of a heart-shaped string art project and the sometimes-over-zealous DIYer inside of me was like, “Let’s give it a spin!”

Typically, I tend to read a few other blogs or craft sites to get the step-by-step directions, but this time, I decided I would just wing it!

The first stop was my local craft store, where I picked up:

  • An unpainted wooden plaque (Tip: Make sure you consider matching the thickness of your plaque to match your nails)
  • A package of ½ inch nails
  • Cotton Floss

Once home, I supplemented my newly purchased supplies with a few things I have in my craft stash. These include:

  • Acrylic Paint
  • Sponge paintbrush
  • A piece of cardstock
  • A small hammer
  • Ruler
  • Scissors + Tape

The first step was to get my unfinished wood plaque painted. Since this was my first try, I kept my plaque rather small, so painting a few coats of white acrylic was not going to take too long.

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While the paint coats were drying, I made a quick stencil with my cardstock. Obviously if you have a pre-made stencil your heart shape will be perfect, but I was able to make a fairly-decent one from free-hand cutting.

I carefully outlined the heart on my newly-painted white plaque, and then started marking off even notch marks with my ruler.

Next it was time to hammer in my nails. As you all have probably come to know…I LOVE white and gold. As such, it was no surprise that I wanted gold nails, and I was lucky to find these adorable brass nails (similar here).

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I found this to be one of the more tedious parts of the project, so I broke up the steps by switching off between measuring and adding the nails.

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After a bit of time, I had my entire heart shape outlined in brass nails.

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And it was finally time for the fun part! The string that I chose for this project was DMC Cotton Floss (see here) in a metallic gold finish (no surprise, huh?). I find this material worked quite well for the project, and most craft stores have this product in a huge variety of colors. If you’re looking for a more rustic look, then a thin jute string may also be a good alternative.

I tied the cotton floss on the base of my heart and slowly started working my way around the frame of the heart, looping the string around each nail before moving on to the next.

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Once the outline was complete, I tied off the string, and then started a new knot (on a new nail). Next I continued to string my cotton floss randomly amongst all the nails.

TIP: Definitely consider tying off your string every 10 nails or so. You’ll find it becomes more challenging to keep the string tight, the more nails you loop.

Before long, I started to see the shape of the heart come together.

The one challenge that I did have was determining when it was time to stop stringing. I consulted my phone and looked at finished pieces on Google to get a sense of what I wanted my finished project to look like.

In all, I’m quite happy with the completed décor piece. I added it to a decorative tray that we have on a little bar area of our family room for the Valentine’s season. I love it so much that I may consider finding  a permanent home for this piece as part of our year-round home décor.

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Happy Valentine’s Day readers!

Valentine’s Day Decorating

I have a personal motto to celebrate everything I can. It might sound kitschy, but I love holidays. Holidays are a time of happiness, a time of gathering together and sometimes an excuse to perk up an ordinary day. I don’t believe that holidays need to be a big deal—just a recognition of the moment. Maybe it is just an excuse to decorate, play dress up and bake sweets…but I make an effort to celebrate (even if in a small way) each holiday.

The first big holiday of the New Year is Valentine’s Day. This past Valentine’s Day is an extremely special one for me. One week ago, I got engaged. My fiancé completely surprised me when he popped the question and I must admit that it was the happiest moment of my life (so far). The past week has been a whirlwind of excitement, fun and (most importantly) love.

I’m definitely feeling the love this year, and in the spirit of St. Valentine wanted to share a few pops of festive fun that I incorporated into my home this Valentine’s Day. Even though Valentine’s weekend is coming to an end, that doesn’t mean you have to collect all your decorations already—I tend to incorporate a few items of décor that can be left out all year long.

Heart-Shaped Wood Bowls from The Little Market
I have had my eye on these hand-carved bowls for some time and with Valentine’s Day approaching, I decided that this was the perfect time to place my order. I instantly loved these heart-shaped Wild Olive Wood bowls from The Little Market. The Little Market is an online marketplace of artisans around the world. I know my purchase was not only a fun one, but also one that gives back to local artisans worldwide. These bowls are perfect for small snacks or sides, or for decorating, and they can be displayed all year-around.

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Paper Heart Banner from Etsy
Last year, I ordered this red and white paper heart banner from Etsy. Etsy is a definite must for custom and unique finds. This simple banner is perfect to lay across a table, hang from a banister or in my home, drape from a mirror. The hearts are about 2 inches in height and add just the right holiday pop! Banners are a fun way to add a simple touch to your holiday décor – and as an added bonus they can most often be stored easily for years to come.

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Festive Wrapping
I love wrapping presents (and not just because I’m good at folding corners and tying bows). I admit that I have rolls of wrapping paper for most holidays and celebrations – and of course ribbons and bows to coordinate. This year I wrapped a Valentine gift for my fiancé in white paper decorated with hearts, and tied the package with a cream burlap ribbon. The paper came from Home Goods and the ribbon from Michael’s Arts and Crafts – two of my favorites for crafting.

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Here’s a tip: post-Valentine’s Day is the best time to pick up holiday-themed items—you will likely find many items on sale! Stock up and save them for next year!

Whether you celebrated with a special someone, a group of special someone’s or spent time solo, we hope you took this day to spread some love and feel some love! Hope you enjoyed your Valentine’s Day! xoxo