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String-Art Heart Craft

Cupid would approve of this handmade Valentine’s Day ribbon decoration. The banner message can feature your sweetheart's name or be personalized for any occasion.



Wood plaques in a variety of shapes from Walnut Hollow; paint, paintbrushes, liquid gilding, craft knife, glitter, and glue from Martha Stewart Crafts; tools and hardware from The Home Depot.


  • Wood plaque
  • Acrylic paint for plaque in desired color
  • Paintbrush
  • Heart and arrowhead template
  • Tape
  • Awl
  • Brass brads
  • Flat head pliers
  • Tack hammer
  • 1/4-inch gold ribbon
  • Banner template
  • Chipboard, cardboard, or heavy cardstock
  • Craft knife
  • Liquid gilding
  • White glue
  • White cardstock
  • Glue bottle with fine-tip applicator
  • Glitter


  1. Step 1

    Paint a wood plaque in desired color; let dry. Print heart template and tape to plaque in desired position.

  2. Step 2

    Press the tip of an awl into each mark on the heart shape to make pilot holes in wood. Remove template.

  3. Step 3

    Hold brass brads in place with flat head pliers while tapping into each pilot hole with a hammer.

  4. Step 4

    Glue ribbon to itself around the starting brad to stabilize. Weave up and down through brads, staying to the right as you wrap the ribbon around each brad.

  5. Step 5

    To make the arrow, adhere arrowhead template to board or thick cardstock, and cut out. Paint the arrowhead and a bamboo skewer with liquid gilding. Attach the arrowhead to the skewer with glue.

  6. Step 6

    Wrap bits of ribbon around the end of the skewer, gluing in place, to make feathers. Slide the arrow through the strung heart.

  7. Step 7

    Print either or both banners and use a glue applicator to trace and glitter the letters; let dry. Glue banner(s) to plaque beneath the heart.

The Martha Stewart Show, February 2012

Reviews (3)

  • crafty5 20 Feb, 2013

    Can anyone tell me what the ribbon is called?

  • Since1982 9 Feb, 2012

    Tinsel Trading

  • room145 6 Feb, 2012

    Where did Martha say the string came from?