With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, this Baker’s Twine Heart is a fun Valentine craft project. I used a cool piece of wood for the background that I scored from a neighbor, but any wood will work, and you can make this heart any size you want.
I love string art and this project is a great way to add some Valentine’s Day decor to your home. I hope you enjoy this DIY tutorial.
So had some Valentine’s crafting fun!
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- piece of wood, just need it at least 1″ thick wooden board
- red and white baker’s twine
- 1″ nails
- painter’s tape
How to Make a String Art Heart
To make this heart string art I started by printing a heart on an 8.5”x11” paper. You can search online and find a free one, or fold a piece of paper in half and draw out half the heart, cut, and open for your heart.
Then I used some painter’s tape to hold the piece of paper in place before adding the nails.
Then I hammered in some nails about 1/4” apart around the heart. I hammered the nails on top of the paper. (see the image above)
Once all the nails were hammered in I tore the paper off. Now you have your heart shape with the nails.
Figuring out the pattern for the string art design to wrap the baker’s twine took the longest. I started by trying filling in the right section, but ended up going with an alternating pattern… left, right, left, right.
So I started that the top center nail and tied the string off there. Then I went down to the bottom center nail and wrapped around that nail. Then back up to the top, one nail over to the left of the center one and wrapped around there. Then back down to the nail just to the right of the bottom center and wrapped around that nail. Then I just kept going to create this cool valentine’s day craft with bakers twine.
Don’t you love baker’s twine!
And I love all the contrasting elements… cheery twine, metal, and textured wood.
This Baker’s Twine Heart is a pretty piece of art for Valentine’s Day. String art makes a great gift.
Baker’s Twine String Heart Art
- pair of scissors
- 1 wood board at least 1 inch thick
- baker's twine I used red and white
- 50 1 inch nails depending on the size of your heart you will need more or less
- Draw or print out a heart shape in the size you want that will fit on the board you want to use.
- Tape your heart paper onto the board.
- Hammer your nails into the heart tracing (on top of the paper). Put your nails about ¼" apart from each other. (That is edge of the nail head to the next nail head) You can do whatever size you think works best of the heart size you've selected.
- Repeat until you have a heart shape with your nails.
- Tear off the paper with the drawn heart.
- Decide where you want to start your string. I started in the top center nail. I tied off the string and then went down to the center bottom nail and wrapped around that nail.
- Then I took the string up to the nail just to the left of the center nail. Wrap the string around that nail.
- Then I took the string down to the nail just to the right of center and wrapped the string around that nail.
- Then continue the pattern. So next would be going up to the top, going to the nail 2 over from center, wrapping around it.
- Then going down and wrapping around the nail that is 2 over to the right from center. Wrap the string and keep the pattern going.
- When you finish wrapping all the nails, tie off the string and cut off the excess.
What is the best string to use for string art?
I’ve used baker’s twine, jute twine and yarn for string art projects. I think the key is that you don’t want anything too thin or too thick. You don’t want to string to snap as you are wrapping it around the nails, but if it’s too thick then you won’t see the detail on the cool project you make. Other than that I think, use your imagination and give it a try! Dig around in your craft supplies and see what you have to create with.
Other String Art Projects
Happy Crafting! Hope you make a bakers twine heart soon or you find inspiration to create your own project using simple shapes. This would be fun for any holiday season.
- Halloween / Fall – Pumpkin shape
- Spring – Simple Flower or Easter Egg
- Christmas – you can find the link to my Christmas Tree art above, a DIY string art ornament would be cute too
- Summer – flag for the 4th of July, or a seashell for summer