How To Make DIY String Art for Valentine's Day [Step by Step Guide]

How to Make a Valentine's Day DIY String Art Board

 
Wondering how to make a DIY String art board for your loved one this Valentine's Day? 
 
It seems as though string art or yarn art, seems to be making a comeback and we are definitely on board! Haha! Not only is this an easy DIY craft that you can do time and time again, but it is also a great way to get your imagination flowing.  This is a project for String Art For Beginners.
 
For this post, we decided to make DIY string art on wood. We happen to have some extra pieces of wood from another project and thought this would be a great way to utilize and reuse our “waste”. You can make one for yourself, for a loved one, or just for fun!  String art for kids is another great way to stay busy during quarantine.
 
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, what better gift is there then the gift of art made by you!  This timeless DIY string art board is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.  It is easy, customizable, budget friendly and is truly a gift from the heart.
For our DIY String Art Valentine's Day Board, we used our Deluxe Railroad Set.  This is the perfect set for this project because it has everything you need.  It has a hammer, pliers, awl, sanding stick, knives and so much more!  Everything you need to recreate this tutorial is in one convenient set.
 
Grab a hammer, some nails, string and a wooden board to recreate this beautiful string art board!

What You'll Need to Make String Art

8” x 8” Wood Board
Nails
Yarn or String
 tools for DIY string art 

How to Make String Art

 
Step 1: You can make your own template, or print one from the internet. It can be any word or design you prefer. In this case we decided to use the word love in a heart. Grab your paper template and place it in the center of the wooden board. Use your ruler from the Deluxe Railroad Kit to establish the center of the board.  The center of our board is at 4 inches.
 Tools for DIY String Art 
 
Step 2: Next, grab a nail and the hammer.  Place your first nail at the top of the heart and nail it into the board.  Then, grab another nail and place it at the bottom of the heart and nail it into the board.
 Nails for DIY String Art 
 
Step 3: Once you have placed a nail on the top and bottom of the heart, outline one side of the heart with nails.  Try your best to evenly space out each nail.
  
Step 4: Now, start outlining the words with the nails.  Outline the letters with the nails as best as you can. 
Tip: If you need to place a nail in a tight place, use your pliers to hold the nail.  You can also use your pliers to remove any nails that are in the wrong place.
 Hammering Nails for DIY String Art
 
Step 5: Once you are done outlining the letters, finish outlining your heart.  Then, go through all of the nails and straighten any that are crooked.
 
Step 6: Now, grab the awl and yarn or string.  Create a loop in the yarn and place it on one of the nails.  Double knot the loop so it does not come undone.  We decided to start stringing the letters first.  Loop the yarn one nail at a time.  Repeat this until you have outlined the entire word. 
Tip: Use the awl to help guide the yarn or string around the nail.
 
Let’s fill in the heart with the yarn!
 
Step 7: Loop the yarn around a nail outlining the heart and then loop the yarn to one of the nails outlining the words.  Continue this process until the entire heart is filled in.
 
Step 8: Once you have filled the entire heart with yarn, cut the end of the string with your knife.  Make sure it is long enough to tie a knot.  Create a loop at the end of the string, loop it around a nail and double knot it.  Cut off any excess string or tuck the excess it inside your artwork.
 
Step 9: Push down the string with your fingers.
 
Now, you can stop here and keep your string art board as is and jump to step 10, or you can add another layer of string.  If you decided to do this, switch directions when looping your string to fill the empty spaces.  Once you have filled in your heart, cut off the end of the string and tie it to ensure it does not untangle.  Tuck the end of the string into the artwork.
 
Step 10: Remove the paper from your board.  Use your pliers to remove the paper from hard to reach areas.
 
You have finished your String Art Board!
DIY String Art Heart with Excel Blades tool kit
 
Not only is this DIY super easy, but it is the perfect gift for someone special this Valentine's Day!
 
We hope you enjoyed creating your string art board as much as we did!
 
Don't forget to show us how you DIY by tagging us on Instagram at excelblades and excelblades.co.  Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more DIY projects and tips on our tools.

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