Tuesday, April 2, 2013 12:00 PM EST
Add a touch of sweetness to any room in the house with this heart art. A beautiful alternative to a photograph or painting and you can make it yourself!
• Piece of wood: I used a piece that is 8.75”W X 7.5”H X .75”D
• 1” Finishing nails: I used 24 nails but make sure to have a few extra on hand
• Ball of yarn (you won’t use the whole skein but more is better than less!)
• Piece of white paper (8.5” X 11”)
STEP 1: Start with the Heart
The first step is to make a heart template. Fold your piece of paper in half and draw half a heart at the crease of the paper (remember to make sure that it will fit onto your piece of wood). Keep your paper folded in half while you use your scissors to cut around the half heart shape. Unfold your paper and you have yourself a symmetrical heart!
STEP 2: Connect the Dots
Place the heart template flat on the piece of wood (make sure it is centered). Use your pencil to make a small mark on the wood at the bottom tip of the heart and where the top curves meet above. Now, make 11 additional points on each side of the heart. Use a ruler or straight edge to make sure that the points line up on each side.
STEP 3: Hammer and Nails
Use your hammer to insert a finishing nail into each of the pencil points. Hammer each nail into the wood leaving approximately .25-.5” of the nail sticking up from the wood. You don’t want the nails to go all the way through the wood.
STEP 4: A Beautiful Web
Make a slip knot using one of the loose ends of your yarn. Slip it onto one of the nails (I started with the nail that is at the bottom tip of the heart). Don’t cut the yarn from the skein yet.
Now for the fun part!
Wrap the yarn around each nail to make an outline of the heart. Be careful that your yarn doesn’t slip off the nails! With your heart outlined, start wrapping the yarn around the nails spanning the whole width and length of the heart. Have fun with it! You will soon start to see that the heart will fill up and resemble a web.
Stop wrapping the yarn when you are happy with how filled in your heart is. To finish the piece cut the yarn leaving a tail that is a couple of inches long. Make another slipknot and secure it to a nail. Trim the remaining yarn and you’re done!
Follow these steps using different icons or letters! If you’re feeling really brave you could apply this technique to a whole word!
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