Introduction: String Art Heart

About: Amateur woodworker with a passion for all things creative.

I have always had a passion for all things creative and artistic for as long as I can remember, which is why I guess I eventually got into wood working and making things and now that I have got the bug I cant stop.

This tutorial will show you how to do string art, which when I first came across I had to give it a try. It is a really simple project but one that gives great results and can be achieved by anyone in a couple of hours.

Step 1: Materials.

I started off by cutting down some old rustic pine boards that was salvaged from some shipping crates, which is not really good enough quality for any fine wood working projects but it is perfect for this.

The size is 190mm x 190mm x 40mm. I then lightly sanded with 80 grit sand paper mainly to remove all the dirt and grime that they had on them. Then after two coats of interior clear matt varnish we are ready to begin.

Step 2: Layout.

I initially created a paper template of the heart shape to get it the right size and position, then I lightly drew around it with a pencil to give an outline to work too.

I then began to insert the nails so that they were all 15mm from the surface and positioned equally. This does take some time and patience but time spent here, will defiantly help later. The pencil out line can then be rubbed off.

Step 3: First Layer.

For the first layer I used 8mm Purple cotton string which I believe is predominantly used for sewing jumpers, which worked perfectly for this. My approach to the layout was to keep it sporadic and not uniformed. So once I tied one end off I went back and forwards across the heart in different directions trying to attach to all the nails by looping around once.

I was also unsure if to stop at this point or add another layer, I eventually decided to add a black layer on top, what do you guys think which design do you prefer?

Step 4: Done.

As I talked about in the last step I decided to add a black layer on top repeating the same process as the first layer. I personally prefer the design of this one but would be interested to know your thoughts.

Overall I am really happy with how this has turned out and I think I can claim my first attempt at string art a success. And I will honestly be doing more of these as there are some many various designs that can be created.

This took a couple of hours to complete and it is very simple to create a stunning piece. It also makes a great handmade decoration for the home.

Appreciate any comments you might have or any ideas for future designs, also which design did you prefer?


Happy Making.