DIY String Art "Love" Wall Sign

Things have been crazy busy since before Christmas, so I only have had time for a couple of quick weekend projects. The first of those projects was some string art wall art to hang above our bed in the master bedroom. I purchased a new duvet cover (on sale, woo hoo!) right before Christmas and wanted to add some art to my wall to match the duvet cover.
My new duvet cover is white with a mix of blues and browns and I wanted a piece of wall art to match the colors of my duvet. I did have a large metal candle holder above my bed, but it was all one color and I’ve had it for years, so I wanted something with a little more color and pizzazz! Here is what was hanging above the bed:
New duvet cover with previous wall decor.
I of course went to Pinterest to search for ideas for DIY wall art. I’m absolutely horrible at painting and drawing (even my stick people art is atrocious!), so a canvas art piece was definitely out of the question. I did find several string art pieces though that grabbed my attention and looked like something I could successfully create! Since the artwork was going to be hung above my bed, I wanted something romantic, so I decided to create a string art piece out of the word “Love”, with the L, V, and E traced and painted onto the wood, and then a heart for the letter O made of string art. I had never tried string art before, so I wasn’t quite sure how successful I would be, but it was much easier than I anticipated, which is always a plus!
First, I cut my 1x3 boards to length and attached the boards together. I used my all time favorite stain, Dark Walnut by Minwax, and stained the boards and let them dry.
While the stain was drying, I went to my computer, opened up Microsoft Word and searched for a font that I liked. Once I found one, I printed out the letters and the heart in the size and font I wanted and then traced the letters onto the board.
Heart traced onto board
Once I had the word traced onto the wood, I took a small art paintbrush and filled in the traced areas of the L, V, and E with white paint.
Next I gathered a lot of small wall nails and a hammer and began evenly placing nails on the lines where the heart shape had been traced into the wood. I made sure each nail was hammered in an equal distance so the nail design on the board was uniform:
Since my new duvet cover had dark blue, light blue, and white colors on it, I decided to make the colors of the string for the heart match the duvet cover colors in an ombre pattern. I found three spools of embroidery thread at Walmart that closely matched the colors on my duvet cover and wrapped them around the nails in the pattern that I wanted. Here is how the sting art heart turned out:
And, here it is after I hung it on the wall above my bed:
And here's a pic of how it looks now! I built some wall sconces to match, but that's for another post! :-)
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