Rustic Valentine String Art

02 January
Christmas has come and gone, the New Year is here and now it's time to start thinking of Valentine's Day!

I have a fun little Valentine's Day project to share and it all started with a crawl space!

What?? ๐Ÿ˜• A crawl space??๐Ÿ˜ฒ Let me explain...

So, what does a crawl space have to do with Valentine's Day OR string art for that matter??

Well, a couple of months ago, I was with my parents at one of their rentals doing a little cleanup and repair work in preparation for the next renter.

This rental is the house I grew up in. I was reminiscing and went into my old bedroom and opened the closet. It's still the same pink inside that closet that it was when it was my bedroom 35 or so years ago! I looked up toward the top shelf in the closet and saw a piece of wood kind of just hanging there... it was covering up a tiny crawl space opening at one time but had fallen into disrepair.

I called my dad in to show him and he decided that he would make a new board to cover the opening and we pulled the old, broken one down.

And then, in true junker fashion... I said, "I want that board, don't throw it away!"

So once he made the new board, he gave that old, broken, pink one to me... he doesn't question me anymore... I think he just knows that something is brewing in my altered art, repurposing, recycling mind! ๐Ÿ˜

This is that board. That pink color brings back so many memories... my entire bedroom was this color including pink gingham checked pull-down shades!

The bottom part (below the hammer) was just hanging by a thread... or an old rusty nail to be exact! I added a support board on the back to put it all back together.

These are my supplies for my recycled old board turned into Valentine string art!

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Supplies Needed

  • A board to make your art
  • Yarn in the color of your choice
  • Small Nails (I used These)
  • Craft Paint (for adding words)
  • Transfer Paper (for transferring the words to the surface)

Create a pattern from some scrap paper. Hearts are easy, most of us remember cutting hearts in grade school by folding the paper in half and then cutting half of the heart, unfold it and you have a whole heart!

I chose these pretty copper nails but any small nail with a good size head on it will work.

Hammer the nails all around the edge of your pattern about 1" apart. You can measure the distance between each if you want to be exact. I just eyeballed it!

Nail them in just enough so they are sturdy and don't wiggle but not all the way into your surface.

Remove the pattern, you should be able to just pull it off pretty easily.

Tie your yarn around one of the nails. It really doesn't matter where you start but I started at the bottom point of my heart.

Then just start wrapping your yarn around the nails. Again, it really doesn't matter how you do this, it can be done with some sort of pattern in mind or you can just go crazy and all willy-nilly!

You are not going to cut your string until you are completely finished. The beauty of that is that if you get started and don't like how it is looking you can just unwind the yarn and start over!

Once you are finished you will tie the end of your yarn onto the nearest nail. Here is my finished heart.

Push any yarn that is touching the surface back up toward the head of the nail.

I decided to add this rusty, chippy painted hinge that I found in my stash.

I added it to the two sections of the board so it looks like it's holding it together.

I hand painted the words "Be Mine" with black craft paint. I just printed the words in the size I wanted from my computer and then transferred the words to my surface with the transfer paper.

You could use stickers, stencils, stamps, or your Cricut or Silhouette machine if you are lucky enough to have one!

I love how it turned out and it'll always be a reminder of my pink childhood bedroom ๐Ÿ˜Š


I found some cute string art signs you can buy if you aren't into making one (Links to check them our are below the image)!

And you can see my cactus string art I made here: Trash to Treasure - Cactus String Art

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