I have another easy, no hammers and no pounding (ie, no smashed fingers) String Art Heart tutorial today. This Gold & Glittering String Art Heart is a little more free form, and definitely more sparkly than the original. Patty Schaffer and I put our heads together on this one to find a string that would make it special, and this sequin studded, metallic yarn was the perfect choice. Kids like string art, too, so share the love and make it a family time Valentine’s Day craft.
To make a Gold & Glittering String Art Heart, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” x 12” x 1” block*
- Fabric, 18” x 18” piece
- Brass escutcheon pins, 1”
- Double-sided tape
- Scrap paper, 11” square
- Glitter yarn (Patty used Enchant from Premier Yarns in the color King’s Crown)
- Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; ruler
*If you have a larger sheet, here’s how to cut it to size.
To make a Gold & Glittering String Art Heart:
1. Wrap the fabric around the foam square, folding neatly at the corners, and using double-sided tape to secure the fabric to the foam. If needed, pin fabric to the back to help hold it in place.
2. Make your heart template:
- Fold the 11” x 11” scrap paper in half.
- Draw half of a heart.
- Hold the paper up to a window or a light box and trace the other half of the heart on the blank half of the paper.
- Open the heart template and determine how you will position the nails. Patty’s nails are spaced ½” apart.
- Make dots along the heart where the nails will go.
3. Center the template on the fabric-covered foam block, and temporarily tape in place. Push the nails into the foam block, using the dots on the heart template as a guide. Keep the nails straight up and down (not angled), and keep the height of the nails even.
4. Once all of the nails are in place, carefully remove the paper template.
5. Knot the glitter yarn around a nail, and trim off the tail. Going from nail to nail, outline the heart first, wrapping completely around each nail before moving on to the next. Wrapping the yarn all the way around a nail will help hold it in place and keep it from slipping.
6. Once the heart is outlined, randomly wrap the glitter yarn around the nails, going from side to side, up and down, and diagonally. Be sure to wrap around each nail at least once, and more often as needed to fill in the heart. Keep going till you’re satisfied with your pattern. Tie off and knot the glitter yarn when completed. Snip thread of glitter yarn from skein.
Don’t you love the sparkle?
The original String Art Heart is also stunning, and I really can’t choose one over the other. I’m just twice as happy now that I can share two different ways to make a String Art Heart.
What do you think of adding a little glitter to string art? Are you adding gold accents to you home?