String Art Love and My ScotchBlue Secret For PERFECTLY Edged Art!

I have had a change of heart (pun totally intended.)

I used to hate hearts and love in decor.  Like groan, eye roll, pssssh, that is so lame,  hate.  Because usually the lovey stuff you see is super cheesy and overdone “All because two people fell in love” anyone?  (Sorry, if you have that in your house!)  But as of late they have started to grow on me (like my Family Heart Silhouette Art project with duct tape, and the line from Kelsey’s wedding song that we put on a gigantor canvas.)

So here is my take on it.  If it is authentic to you and you puffy heart love it, then you are good.  If you and 97 of your closest friends all have the same wooden sign in your bedroom then notsomuch.

We have discussed a few times that the walls in my house are super tall and its hard to find things to fill the space, (especially the space above my couch) with something cheap and awesome.  So while I was on my lovefest kick I went for it.  Court was NOT excited about this project.  I mean really, what man would want a 3.5 ft heart in their living room.  But as the saying in our house goes “Sorry, its happening.”   Do you use that saying in your house too?

Guess what?  I was right,  it turned out awesome!!  Awesome enough that Court himself gave it the 2 thumbs up approval.

DIY Heart String Art @Vintage Revivals

Want to make your own?

Time to get your supplies. I used a 1” piece of plywood (I bought a precut piece that was 4’x4’ and had it cut down to 3.5’x3.5).  You will also need 1/2” brad nails (make sure they have a small head on them), something to evenly space your marks and a hammer.

Supplies for String Art @ Vintage Revivals

Draw your outline.  To make a perfect heart start by dividing your canvas into linear quarters.  Mark the center line at the bottom and about 1/4 of the way down (this mark will determine how deep your heart is).  Then mark the top of the quarter lines (the green ones) at the top (this will determine how high your heart is).  Finally mark 1/4-1/3 of the way down on the edge of your canvas (this will determine where your heart starts to go in) then connect the dots!

How To Draw A Heart

Once you have your basic outline you are ready to mark where your nails are going to go.   Ok so its time to get honest.  Do you ever use things to DIY stuff because its nice and close and will work? (One time I puttied the gap on the inside trim of my windows with a butter knife.  Shhh don’t tell HGTV!)  You know when you are all set, ready for a project to start it can be SUCH A PAIN to get back up and search for something, when in all actually something else will work just fine. Whose with me?!! (hopefully that was a roar I was hearing and not a groan…)   Well I did that and found the perfect spacer for my marks with a roll of 1” ScotchBlue!



Once you have marked all the way along your outline its time to start nailing!  4 even taps of the hammer sunk my nails in perfectly and evenly.

String Art Project


For my lettering I printed out Love using one of my fave fonts Bebas.  I tried tracing it onto the board but found that it was easier to just nail right through the paper.

Love String Art

String Art Letters

I wanted my board and nails white (that is why I nailed before I painted) so once everything was in place I gave it a few coats of white spray paint.  Once your paint is dry its time to bring on the string!!  You can find embroidery string everywhere from Walmart to your local craft store!

Start by tying a small knot around one of the nails and then go to town!  Make sure you don’t cross over any of your letters and you are golden!  I used 2 spools of brown string.

A  tip I have to make your letters stand out is to wrap around their perimeter a few times to darken the outline.

Outlined Letters String Art


Now we have FINALLY gotten to the point in this post where I am about to reveal  one of my favorite secrets.  How to get a PERFECT edge on your canvas/plywood.   Are you ready!?

How To Get A Perfect Paint Line

ScotchBlue Perfect Paint Line

It is THE MOST frustrating thing in the world to get a project done and be doing the finishing touches and screw it up.  Especially when you think its no big deal, right?!

So I have put together a super short vid of how I get perfect edges every time, enjoy!


Slap your forehead simple right?!

There are few things we Gubler’s cant live without and ScotchBlue is for sure on that short list.  Aside from the regular uses and unexpected uses that I shared with you today we use it for EVERYTHING.  I came home from the store yesterday to this cute ScotchBlue Ballerina that Court made for Dylan.  Please note the ballet slippers.  And sorry ladies, he’s taken.


Ok back to the project.

How To Make String Art @ Vintage Revivals


Outlined Letters String Art

So what do you think?  Do you love Love art?

I am on the hunt for more people to follow on Pinterest (because CLEARLY I have more free time than I know what to do with!)  so leave your Pinterest link in the comments and I will follow you!  And if you want to follow along with the board I created all about awesome color combos I would LOVE it!  xoxo

Love Your Guts, Mandi

I teamed up with ScotchBlue to bring you this post. All opinions and project ideas are 1000% mine…except the painters tape Barbie dress, that was all Court.



  1. Saw this on Scotchblues facebook, it is great! Love the barbi, too, lol!- I am on pinterest!

  2. love this-caught my eye on Pinterest right away…would love to make one myself, but I am sooooo directions challenged! Mine would definitely NOT come out this awesome :)

  3. ps_ I forgot that my boards are up at :

  4. I love string art! Yours turned out awesome!!

  5. Hey it’s your old friend from back in the day…. Tom actually saw this and pinned it to do it.
    We are definitely going to do this for our bedroom. I love your site and everything you have done. It’s amazing!! I would love for you to follow my pinterest.

  6. Hey Mandi…you should follow me…but mostly “My DIY Decor” board…love your stuff!!

  7. I have to warn you that I am not on Pinterest becasue I’m creative. It’s definitely because I’m not!

  8. That is so cool. I might do one for work…but not a heart…and not LOVE on it. :)

  9. Shazam I say! What a fun and easy project and I was talkin about that barbie! Just kidding, the Barbie rocks that ruffle but the string art is groovy to say the least.
    Please go ahead and follow me if ya’ like


  10. I LOVE this! So cute and clever! I LOVE your blog and would love for you to follow me on pinterest or at my newly started blog. I am a newbie at blogging and having my own business but most definitley not new at crafting. BTW I did your burlap lamp shade tutorial, it’s on the lamp behind me!! I used old burlap sacks and it’s VERY heavy!! But I love it and always get compliments on it. Here is my blog and pinterest link if you would like to follow!! Thanks!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Love love love this idea :) Follow me on pinterest @

  12. I’d love for you to follow me on pinterest! I’ve also just started my blog… which is slow going, of course.

  13. Anonymous says: Follow me too! I love your blog!!

  14. I am soo pinterest obsessed!

  15. I used to do this when I was really young but I kind of forgot about it. This is so cool. You have inspired me to make something!

    Breathe Me

  16. Hi Mandi,
    The kids are on spring break this week and during spring break, we usually do at least one art project. I’m crazy about your Love art so… i asked the kids to choose a word, paint color, and string color. I’ll send pictures of the finished products. One of the most creative solutions came from my son … he said that he wants to use multiple colors of string with a white background. So cool. Here’s my pinterest link


  17. I’m going to be honest… I was skeptical. I saw your post on pinterest and, of course, had to click to find out what this secret trick is, and you’re right! I didn’t know that. Great idea! Thanks for sharing :)

    -Emily @

  18. how did you hang the plywood on the wall?

  19. This is awesome! How long did it take you?

    you can follow me if you like at

  20. Abbe Obszanski says:

    Mandi- I am getting ready to make my first string art. How did you end up hanging yours on the wall? Any guidance would be appreciated! :) LOVE your projects!

  21. LOVE your posts, everything is so creative and fun!

  22. tatiana says:

    Doing this for my boyfriend, hope he likes it. Im ate the string part, finally!

  23. chelsea gillett says:

    How did you hang it onto your wall? With screws into a stud maybe? Thanks for the help!

  24. Love your site! I am a new reader! Please feel free to follow me on Pinterest here: – I’ll go follow you now :)

  25. Oh my crap! That is the best story of my whole life!!!


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