Ever since I was a little girl, I was known for always having tape…and glitter…and stickers.
My craft box was always full.
I don’t “craft” as much as I used to. Ever since I got older and started having a job, making my own gifts and cards became a thing of the past and my craft box was only ever opened for school projects.
Once I got to college, my projects were papers and Power Point presentations, so I REALLY never opened that box.
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I thought that using that as inspiration for my first DIY project would be perfect, and I would get to use my box!
I decided to try out a Valentine’s Day inspired string art that I found from “Crafts n Coffee”. It took me two days (about 3-4 hours) to complete it, and it turned out to be a cute house decoration!
Here is what you need. Note that the original instructions included tools I did not use, so I did not list them:
- One piece of 10 x 10 x 1 inch, square foam. I ended up having to buy one that was larger than that and trim it.
- Fabric to cover the foam. To be cheap, I purchased a table cloth. I’ll be honest and admit that while it “worked,” that’s probably why the pink fabric looks wrinkly. If you want it to look smooth, stick with actual fabric. The original instructions said to get red fabric, but feel free to use whatever color you want! Get a patterned fabric if that’s more your taste.
- A pack of pins. Get at least 120.
- Crochet thread in any color you want.
- Craft glue.
- Permanent marker.
- Ruler or tape measure.
- Heart pattern found here.
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To begin, cut your foam if it is bigger than 10 x 10 x 1 inches.
Next, cut out your square (I used a butter knife) and cover it with your fabric. Another reason I should have used fabric is because it is somewhat shear and thin. On the bright side, the glue did dry clear.
Next, go to each corner of the square and measure 1/8th of an inch diagonal from the corner and push a nail in. Note in the photo, I counted 1/8th of an inch from the 1 inch mark rather than from the end of it since the brass ending covers the 1/8th of an inch mark.
Once you have a nail on all four corners, place 19 nails between the top two nails on all sides. Do this by measuring 1/8th of an inch in from the edge and 1/2 of an inch apart. Note that your nails might not be in a perfectly straight line and that is okay. Also, the corner nails do share sides, so if you count one side with 21, and then go to the next, you still count that corner one, even though it was counted in the adjacent side. You will know you did this correctly if you have a total of 80 nails around the square.
Once this step is completed, find the middle of the square and place the heart pattern there. Then, surround the heart with nails, 19 on each side for a grand total of 38 nails.
Now it’s time to add the string! Start at the center, outer-edge and tie a good knot around the nail. Make it tight!
After you do this, take the string and bring it down, directly below until you meet the nail below it. Wrap the string, going down the left side of the nail, under, and then up around the right. When bringing the thread back up to the nails on the outer-edge, instead of going to the next nail, skip one. Do not skip any of the nails that make up the heart.
Continue to do this until you reach the center; then, wrap around the square again, doing every other around the edge so that all of the nails on the outer-edge are touched. The nails creating the heart will have thread wrapped around it more than once.
After you finish, tie a knot around the outer-edge nail you finish with, and you’re done!
If you decide to try it out, let me know in the comments how it went! I’d love to hear my readers’ experiences.