A Valentine’s Day String-Art Heart made the easy way

I have two beautiful, new Valentine’s Day crafts to share today and tomorrow. I love them both, and I think you will, too. Today, I’m sharing an Easy, String-Art Heart. Have you noticed the string art trend popping up on Pinterest? Well, here’s the secret to making string art the easy way – when you use a sheet of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam for your base, there’s no hammer, smashed fingers, and ear-splitting pounding. Can you hear me now? Then read on as Kathleen George shares her brilliant technique for making this Easy, String-Art Heart for Valentine’s Day.

Amazing -- no wood or pounding used to make this string art! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com

To make an Easy, String-Art Heart, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 10” x 10” x 1” sheet (If you have a larger sheet, here’s how to cut it to size)
  • Red fabric, 13” square
  • Brass escutcheon pins or small nails with heads, 1” long, about 130 (this should give you a few spares)
  • Crochet thread in white
  • Thick, white craft glue or Yes! Paste
  • Tools needed: Scissors; 1” spackling knife; craft pins; large needle, such as a crewel or carpet needle; ruler; optional: rubber brayer or rolling pin
Gorgeous string art made without a hammer! Easy tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com

Easy, String-Art Heart by Kathleen George.

To make an Easy, String-Art Heart:

1. Use the spackling knife to spread a thin layer of white glue or Yes! Paste across the front of the 10” square, foam sheet. Center the red fabric over the square, and smooth it down using your fingertips, a rubber brayer or rolling pin (roll lightly so you don’t compress the foam).

2. Wrap the fabric around the sides and to the back of the foam sheet, folding the corners to they’re neat and square. Pin and glue the fabric to the back.

3. You’re going to mark the spot for each nail using the large needle and a ruler. To start, insert the needle at each corner, about 1/8” in from the corner. Then, add 19 more holes between the corner nails on each side and about 1/8” from the edge. Each hole will be spaced about ½” apart. When finished, you should have 21 holes on each side of your square.

4. Insert a brass pin or small nail through each hole and straight into the STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Push the nails in till just about ¼” is still exposed.

5. Place the inner heart pattern in the exact center of the square and pin in place. Using your large needle, make a hole in each tip of the heart pattern, and then make 19 more holes on each side, with slightly less than ¼” between the holes. Push the brass pins or small nails into each hole, leaving ¼” above the surface. You should have 38 nails total around the heart. Remove the pattern.

5. Now, you’re ready to add the string. As you wind the string around, consistency is the key. A few pointers before you start:

  • Wrap the string from the left side of each nail, and around to the right.
  • Wrap the string all the way around each nail.
  • You’ll use every-other-nail as you work your way around the four sides.
  • You’ll wrap each nail around the heart — no skipping.
  • When you’re done, you will have gone around the square twice, wrapping each nail along the sides once and each nail around the heart twice.

6. Ready? To start, tie the end of the white crochet thread to the center top nail; use a double knot – you don’t want it to loosen!

Beautiful string art! Made without wood and a hammer. Easy! CraftsnCoffee.com

You’ll wrap your string around the nails outlining the heart twice, and only once around the nails on the four edges.

7. Bring the string down the left side of the center nail of the heart, wrap string around the nail, and then go back to the top. Skip the nail to the right of the center nail, and wrap the thread around the left side of the second nail to the right of the center nail. Make one entire wrap around the nail, and then go back to the heart and wrap the thread around the nail to the immediate right of the center nail of the heart.

8. Continue to wind the string around every-other-nail on the outer edges, and each nail on the heart. Be consistent about winding first along the left side of each nail.

9. Once you’ve gone around the square once, skip the center nail and proceed to the first empty nail to the right. Go around the square again, winding the thread around each empty nail on the frame, and every nail on the heart.

10. When you reach the center top again, tie the string to the center nail with a small double knot.

11. Glue and pin a small string loop to the center back for a hanger.

DIY String Art -- made without wood and a hammer. Beautiful! CraftsnCoffee.com

No hammers and no pounding required! And it’s beautiful!

I struggled a bit with these instructions, and I hope they’re clear. If not, I’m happy to answer any questions you have.

This could be a fun project for kids, too, if you used a simplified pattern. In fact, kids could make their string art in a totally random manner, inserting the nails in whatever pattern they liked.

For more Valentine’s Day fun for kids, check out the Love Bugs from Tuesday. (And, share your Valentine’s Day crafting plans on Tuesday’s post for your chance to win two magazines.)

UPDATE: If you like String Art, check out the new Gold & Glittering String Art Heart. We went a little more free-form on this String Art Heart, and used a gorgeous, glittering yarn, too. And there’s no hammering and no pounding (easy on the ears and fingers, yah!).

Easy -- no pouding & smashed fingers! Pretty, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.

I’ll share another “bright” idea from Kathleen tomorrow. Don’t miss it – it’s really fabulous, too!

Happy crafting.


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52 Responses to A Valentine’s Day String-Art Heart made the easy way

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  6. Tina says:

    Which is better to use on this project: white traditional Styrofoam or the pink, which appears to be more dense?

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Tina, That’s hard to say, as we’ve only made it with the STYROFOAM Brand Foam, so I don’t know how this technique will work with the insulation board. Let us know if you give it a try. Happy crafting. Sharon

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  8. Amy Hickox says:

    Will the foam board hold up for a kids craft? Wondering if my VBS class takes it home. .how long will it last.

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Amy, Thanks so much for stopping in. The 1″ sheets of STYROFOAM Brand Foam are pretty durable and they should hold up. Maybe make a test String Art Heart first, and see what you think. I think it should be o.k. Please let me know how it turns out. Happy crafting! Sharon

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  13. Angie Bobo-Tildon says:

    Hi, I love this. My man loves burgundy, silver, and black. I plan on substituting burgundy fabric for red. Can silver jewelry wire or silver metallic thread be used replacing the crochet thread?.Namaste Angie

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  15. Jane Carlson says:

    Hi Sharon,
    I’m doing a paper-crafting class at the Braille Institute in the Fall. Most of the people I’m going to be working with have macular degeneration so they have some sight. I’m thinking of doing some basic string art with them. Do you think this would be a good project to work with them? I don’t want to do something so simplistic that they think that they are children when indeed they are mature adults. Thanks for any insights in advance.

    Jane Carlson

  16. Caitlin says:

    WOW! I’ve been looking for a kid-friendly string art project, and yours looks like it’s going to be perfect! I put together Crafty Saturdays through the recreation department in my town and I was frightened at the prospect of having to hand out hammer and nails! You’ve saved me! I’ll be watching your blog, for sure. Thank you!

  17. Cindy says:

    When stringing the nails do you do a complete wrap around each nail?

    • Sharon says:

      Yes, Cindy, be sure to completely wrap the string around each nail. It will help hold it all in place. I’d love to see how yours turns out! Happy crafting. Sharon

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  22. BC says:

    Thanks for the pattern and instructions. I’m going to have a grandchild make this. Your instructions said to have 40 pins in the center heart. The picture only shows 38.

    • Sharon says:

      Ack! You are totally correct and I apologize! Thank you so much for letting me know! I will change the instructions right away! I’d love to see a picture of your grandchild’s string art when it’s done — please send a photo if you can. (And be sure to check back later this week to see what we’ve planned . . . ) Happy crafting. Sharon

  23. Exquisite and so doable!

  24. Evelyn says:

    Love this, I’m going to try it this week end

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  26. Lea says:

    Looks like fun and it’s very beautiful. Thanks for sharing

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  30. Danielle says:

    Where would one find these escutcheon pins to purchase?

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Danielle, You should be able to find them at the hardware store. Let me know how your string art turns out — I’d love to see a photo. Happy crafting. Sharon

  31. This looks so beautiful! Thanks for sharing! Kari

  32. blnl says:

    Absolutely wonderful! ♥

  33. katie says:

    Do the pins ever seem to move from the pressure of the string? Since its foam I wonder if they would move inward.

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Katie, I asked Kathleen about this and she said that the pins remain very secure. You insert 3/4 of the pin into the foam, and the foam grips tight. For added security, you could add a drop of glue to the pin before you insert it, though you’d have to be very careful that you didn’t get glue on your fabric. Happy crafting! Sharon

  34. ColleenB. - Texas says:

    what a lovely wall hanging this would make

  35. Debbie Kaste says:

    Love this! Just beautiful!!!

  36. That is a beautiful decorative piece. Well done!

    • Sharon says:

      All the praise goes to Kathleen. She’s an amazing designer who works out the details so the rest of us can make it, too. Thanks so much for your kind comments. Sharon

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