DIY: Giant String Heart

DIY string heart art

Materials Needed:

• piece of wood – the bigger the more dramatic!
• string – we used the pink neon thin rope you can find at Home Depot, but you could use any yarn or string
• box of nails (you want a nail with a decent head so the string won’t pop off)
• spray paint to paint the wood
• white paper to draw the heart on

Step 1: Spray paint the wood the background color you picked. We used dark gray, so the pink would really pop
Step 2: Once the paint is dry, tape the wood with the white paper and draw the heart shape on the paper
Step 3: Time to get the hammer out! Nail around the entire outline of the heart – we spaced our nails about an inch apart.

DIY string heart art

Step 4: Once all your nails are in. Remove the white paper and throw it away.

Step 5: Now the fun part. Get your string and tie a knot around the head of one of the nails. Keep stringing the string around nails. There isn’t a right or wrong way – just keep going until you like the pattern you created. I also then outlined the entire heart to make the outline pop a bit more also.

DIY string heart art

DIY string heart art

DIY string heart art

DIY giant string heart

Total cost for this project – $35 (the most expensive part is the wood!) and it can be done in a few hours. There are so many different ways you can customize this DIY for your own wedding day, right? So fun.

Original Source: Green Wedding Shoes / Photography: Katherine Elizabeth Photography

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10 thoughts on “DIY: Giant String Heart

  1. I love this… only wish I was getting married again to do it. I’ll have to find another way to use the idea. Maybe an anniversary?

  2. Wow, this looks amazing! This would fit in PERFECTLY with a new Parvez Taj (Love or Hate) piece that I recently purchased for my room (basically a canvas print on aluminum with a fired pistol and with smoking hearts in the background). I’m not much of a DIY-er because somehow I always seem to mess up even the simplest of all DIY projects, but this is one I definitely want to take a shot at. Two questions… 1) Any suggestions for where to find the perfect panel of wood at the most affordable price? 2) Tips on creating the most “perfect” heart?

    Again, beautiful!

    • Hi there! Actually, I decided to make this myself to put over our fire place. We have a lot of aluminum and steel art in our living room and have been looking for something unique and colourful. When I showed my man this DIY project, I explained that we could use any colour we wanted and we decided to make a rectangle instead of a heart. It looks AMAZING! For the wood, I went to Home Depot. They have lots of sheets of wood that prior customers have customized, and I found a great scrap piece of pine (should have been $30 before it was cut) for $5.00. Remember, if you are going to spray paint it, it doesn’t really matter what the quality is. You probably want a smooth piece though so the rough doesn’t come through as much. When I created the rectangle, I picked a measurement (I chose 5 inches) and made sure that my lines were all exactly the same. It’s not something that you want to “eye-ball”. I would suggest that you free-hand one side of the heart and make sure that you love it, then use measuring tape to perfectly duplicate the other half. Worked like a charm for me. Good luck!! -Brittany

  3. Brittany! I absolutely love this! I actually want to make it as soon as I get home this evening! I wish I had seen this last year when we were getting married — I definitely would have made it! But I think it’ll still look great in our house! Thanks for following my blog — I’m not sure I would have found you otherwise! Love, love the blog! Can’t wait to read more!

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