As much as Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a ‘lovey romantic holiday’, the thing I enjoy about it most is getting to see the girls look forward to and celebrate it. They love making Valentines for their classmates, making Valentines boxes for school, and last year… Nick bought flowers for all 3 of them, and it was THE CUTEST THING EVERRRRR.
Anyway! As she does every month, my Mom sent the girls a seasonal craft… complete with all the supplies and instructions! This month’s craft was not surprisingly Valentine-related. Heart shaped string art!
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Heart-Shaped Beginner String Art
- Square hunk o’ wood (ours is 4”x4” pine)
- Heart (or any shape!) drawn on piece of paper with dots of sharpie around it
- Nails with a head (about 3/4” long)
- Hammer (we used a mini hammer from this tool kit)
The girls were soooo excited to get started on this craft! I think because there are nails and a hammer involved, they knew it was a ‘big girl’ project. And with that, I would add that the girls needed some help with the pounding of the nails, but older kids (I’m thinking 7+) would totally be able to pull this off themselves.
We started out by laying the paper on the wood, and taping it on the top and bottom to hold it in place.
Next, we poked a nail into one of the dots, and tap tap tapped it with the hammer; doing our best to keep the nail straight up and down. You want to nail it in enough that it’s no longer wiggly, but not so far that there’s not enough room to easily wrap string around.
Once the nails are all sturdy, tear off the paper!
Finally, time for the string! Tie the end of the string to one nail and give it a good double knot. Then start wrapping at random! The girls loved this part, and had so much fun bouncing from nail to nail and see the heart slowly fill in with color!
When it feels like it has enough string, tie off the end of one of the nails.
Display for Valentine’s Day, or let the kiddos take it to school for their teacher on love day!
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