Rustic Valentine String Art

02 January
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


Yep, you heard me right!


Rustic Valentine String Art



Rustic Valentine String Art

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So, what does a crawl space have to do with Valentine's Day anyway.


Well, I was with my parents at one of their rentals (which is the house I grew up in) doing a little cleanup and repair work in preparation for the next renter.


I was reminiscing and went into my old bedroom and opened the closet. The inside of that closet is still the same pink that my whole room was about 45 years ago, I even had pink gingham checked pull-down shades.


I looked up toward the top shelf in the closet and saw a piece of wood that was just sort of hanging there. It was covering up a tiny crawl space opening at one time but had fallen into disrepair.


My dad made a new board to cover the opening and I snagged the old pink one.



Rustic Valentine String Art


The bottom part was just hanging by an old rusty nail, so I added a support board on the back to put it all back together.



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)

Step One - make a pattern


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, unfolding it and you have a whole heart!



Rustic Valentine String Art

Step Two - add the nails


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


You need a larger head on the nail so the yarn won't slip off the top and you don't want to go any shorter than 3/4" long nails so you can get it hammered into the wood enough so that it won't wiggle and have enough sticking out to wrap the yarn around.



Rustic Valentine String Art



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.



Rustic Valentine String Art



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



Rustic Valentine String Art



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



Rustic Valentine String Art

Step Three - add the yarn


To begin adding the yarn, tie one end around one of the nails. It really doesn't matter where you start but I started at the bottom point of my heart.



Rustic Valentine String Art



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!


Do not 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!



Rustic Valentine String Art



Once you are finished you will tie the end of your yarn onto the nearest nail. 


Here is my finished heart.



Rustic Valentine String Art



Now go around and push any yarn that is touching the surface back up toward the head of the nail.



Rustic Valentine String Art

Rustic Valentine String Art

Step Four - Embellish


I decided to add this chippy, painted hinge that I found in my stash to the two sections of the board so it looks like it's holding it together.


Rustic Valentine String Art



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


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


Rustic Valentine String Art


**Update: I have used this almost every year since I made it. It makes me smile and think of my pink childhood bedroom ๐Ÿ˜Š



Rustic Valentine String Art

Rustic Valentine String Art

Rustic Valentine String Art


What do you think?


Rustic Valentine String Art

Rustic Valentine String Art



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There are lots of cute string art things on Etsy too!


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