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.
Photography: Rob Tannenbaum
The Martha Stewart Show, February 2012
- Paint a wood plaque in desired color; let dry. Print heart template and tape to plaque in desired position.
- Press the tip of an awl into each mark on the heart shape to make pilot holes in wood. Remove template.
- Hold brass brads in place with flat head pliers while tapping into each pilot hole with a hammer.
- 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.
- 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.
- Wrap bits of ribbon around the end of the skewer, gluing in place, to make feathers. Slide the arrow through the strung heart.
- 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.
- Wood plaque
- Acrylic paint for plaque in desired color
- Heart and arrowhead template
- 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
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.
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