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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.

Photography: Rob Tannenbaum

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, February 2012



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

  • Tape

  • Awl

  • Brass brads

  • Flat head pliers

  • Tack hammer

  • 1/4-inch gold ribbon

  • Chipboard, cardboard, or heavy cardstock

  • Craft knife

  • Liquid gilding

  • White glue

  • White cardstock

  • Glue bottle with fine-tip applicator

  • Glitter


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

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

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

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

  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.

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