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DIY Heart-Shaped String Art


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.

DIY Valentine's String Art 1

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).

DIY Valentine's String Art 2

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.

DIY Valentine's String Art 3

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

DIY Valentine's String Art 4

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.

DIY Valentine's String Art 5

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.

DIY Valentine's String Art 6

Happy Valentine’s Day readers!

Winter Tabletop Decorating

Although the holidays are behind us, I’m still reminiscing about the many family gatherings, home cooked meals and laughter with friends, shared over the past few weeks. Christmas and New Years holidays are special—there is an extra burst of celebration in the air that permeates smiles everywhere. The holidays are also a time for decoration—whether it is tree trimming, hall decking or table decorating—the holidays allow for full creativity and fun.

My holiday season’s tabletop decorating post comes from the East Coast. Over the holidays, I traveled with my boyfriend to his home state of Delaware. We spent much time with his family around the dinner table sharing stories and updates over the past year. There is something nostalgic for me about gathering around the table over the holidays (please pass the pie!) and something special about having this table be a centerpiece of Christmas.

My boyfriend’s mother is an artist and her artistic abilities certainly came through while decorating her table for the holidays. Her color palette focused on the traditional holiday colors of red, white and green. The cornerstone of her table décor included a traditional flower arrangement in the center of the table.

Jan10_image2.WatermarkedThe table also included place settings, which highlighted the Christmas spirit—holiday china with traditional Christmas plaid napkins, tied with gold tassel rings.

Jan10_image1.WatermarkedI’m so often inspired by the ideas of others and I love taking these ideas and incorporating them into my own designs. I think it’s special to see aspects of your table that remind you of others that you admire—in a way it feels like they are a part of your special gathering (even if they are far away). Here’s a post-holiday tip: now is a great time to stock up on holiday décor for next year. I know it seems far away, but post-holiday sales are now. I would also recommend purchasing holiday pieces to supplement your everyday décor that you use year-round—accent pieces require minimal storage, rather than many, bulky items that you’ll only use once a year.

Although the holiday season is has come to a close, I am already thinking about ideas for next year! In the meantime, I will put my efforts into designs for Spring! What did your holiday table look like? Please share your pictures and ideas with us!