DIY Heart String Art – An Easy String Art For Beginners (Kids Age 5+)

This beautiful DIY Heart String Art For Beginners is the perfect project for wood lovers.

The only materials you needs are wood, nails and rubber bands or string and you are ready to go.

It is an easy daddy and me project for beginners and makes the perfect gift for a special occasion such us valentines day, mother day, father day or birthdays.

Let’s dive right in and see how this stunning DIY faux string art is created.

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DIY Heart String Art For Beginners

Father’s day is coming up, and I was looking for a masculine gift the kids can make themselves for their father. Both my girl and boy had a lot of fun!

What is Needed for String Art?


  • piece of wood
  • nails
  • hammer
  • pencil
  • rubber bands or string
What Kind of Wood Do I Need for String Art?

The wood you are using can be stained or unfinished. I used an unfinished piece of wood and simply filed off the edges of the wood.

If you have an unfinished piece of wood but like to stain it, make sure you do this first before you starting with the project.

What Kind of Nails Do I Need for String Art?

I used linoleum nails for this project. They were a little bit longer since I had them already at home. But you can use any size depending on how thick your string is and how often you like to wrap it around the nail.

How many nails do I need?

That depends on your size and pattern. One pack was more than enough for my project.

Can I Do String Art without Nails?

Yes, you can!
Are you worried your kids are too little to work with nails? Then simply alternate this string art craft and work with cardboard instead of wood.

Make little wholes into the cardboard for your children. That why they do not need to work with nails and might get hurt.

What Kind of Thread Do I Need for String Art?

I used colorful rubber bands for my DIY heart string project but thread looks pretty as well. Depending on the look you are trying to archive I would recommend sewing thread, embroidery floss, or thin yarn.

Be creative and choose different colors or match them with your home decor.

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How to Make Heart Shaped String Art


Simply follow this easy step by step string art tutorial and you will be able to create the most beautiful faux string art.

How to Start String Art

Step 1: Preparation
  • Start with picking a design and choose your wood, nails and thread accordingly.

Step 2: Treat Wood (optional)

  • If needed stain your wood or take sharp edges of.

Step 3: Draw Your Design

  • Afterwards take a pencil and draw your preferred shape on the wood. We made a heart for father’s day.
Heart with Nails

Are you still looking for another nice DIY gift or card for a special occasion? Then try this fun silhouette keepsake or toothbrush spray art project.

Step 4: Nail It

  • After you have outlined your design take the nails and hammer them into the wood. Keep them within the approximately 1-inch distance as shown in the picture.
  • Make sure not to nail it too far within the wood to make sure the nails do not go through it. Make sure you still have about half an inch of the nail showing to be able to attach the string or rubber bands.
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Step 5: Add Rubber Band or Thread

  • Then take your rubber bands and attach them to the nails to make a design.
  • If you are using thread start by tying a knot around one nail, then move the string around the nails as desired. End by making another knot around your last nail.
Heart with Nails and rubber bands


  • Please supervise smaller children when hammering the nails into the wood so they don’t have an accident.
  • If you do not feel like preparing everything for this project but you like the idea simply by one of these fun string art kits for your children. Take a look here!

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