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String art heart picture on an ottoman in a living room

Overview

This heart artwork made from string is a lovely craft gift for Mum on Mother's Day. You'd be surprised how easy it is to make it look great.

Steps

1Sand the ply panel edges

Give the edges of the ply panel a sand to smooth them out.

Woman sanding the edge of a sheet of plywood

2Stain the board

With your newspaper underneath to protect where you're working, use the paintbrush to give the ply panel a wood stain.

Person staining a sheet of plywood

3Draw a heart

After the stain has dried, use a pencil to draw a big heart in the middle of the project panel.

Person with pencil and sheet of stained plywood

4Add the nails

Carefully hammer in nails along the line you've drawn. Try and make them about 2-3cm apart.

Person threading pink string around nails in plywood sheet

5Criss-cross the string

Tie the stringline to one of the nails and start criss-crossing it across the panel. 

Person threading pink string around nails in plywood sheet

6Run string around the outline

Tie the string on a nail and run it around the outline of the heart.

Person threading pink string around a heart shape outline

7Tie the string off

Make a knot on a nail when you're finished to tie the string off. 

Heart shape made of pink string on stained wood

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.