DIY Holiday gift guide: string heart decoration


By Sage Tippie

After completing all the steps, the finished project will be a gift you'll be proud to give. Photo by Sage Tippie
After completing all the steps, the finished project will be a gift you’ll be proud to give. Photo by Sage Tippie

Finding an affordable, creative gift nowadays for both family and friends can be a near impossible task. To help with gift giving this holiday season, here begins a four-part series of  make-it-yourself, otherwise known as DIY or do-it-yourself gifts, for anyone and everyone.

The best way to begin is with a gift for some of the most important people in your life, loved ones. Give a gift to show just how much love is in store for them this holiday season with a DIY string heart decoration that can be hung around the house all year long.

You will need:

-a piece of wood (around 8” x 11”)

-string (yarn or embroidery cord could also be used)

-a box of nails (aim for a nail with a bigger head so that the string won’t pop off)

-spray paint for the wood (any color)

-paper with heart shape on it (can be hand drawn or printed)

Let’s get started:

Step 1: Spray paint the wood any color

Step 2: Tape the heart onto the wood

Step 3: Hammer nails into the wood around the entire outline of the heart, spacing each nail about one inch from the other

Step 4: Remove the heart stencil, leaving only the heart outline made by nails

Step 5: Here’s where everything starts to come together. Tie the string tightly around one of the heads of the nails. Continue stringing the string around the nails across from each other until you are satisfied with the look. Outline the heart with string to give it a clean finish.

After all the hard work, this gift will be perfect to put under the tree for a close one this holiday season, all made with love.


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Sage Tippie is a senior, and this is her fourth year as a member of “The Roar” staff. She is Co-Editor-in-Chief and manages all of the newsteam’s social media. Her favorite pieces to write are trends and lifestyle features, as well as humorous opinion articles. The majority of her free time is usually spent hanging out with friends or re-watching her favorite TV shows like “New Girl” and “That ‘70’s Show.” Her favorite things include dogs, shopping, and anything chocolate. She hopes to major in communications and pursue a career involving her two passions: fashion and journalism.