DIY Heart String Wall Hanging

I’m here and have a real heart on for Valentines day. No really even though I’ve been single for way too long I actually really like Valentines Day. You know why? Because it’s a reason and reminder to spread love. And I love cinnamon candy hearts. A lot. I also love making things with hearts on them like this DIY heart string wall hanging. I’m sharing it because it’s a heart design and it’s Valentines, duh, but really it’s just an adorable DIY project that you can hang all year long.

DIY Heart String Wall Art by the Sweet Escape

Wall hangings made a huge comeback a few years ago and they’re still popular. I think the reason that they’re still around is because there’s endless design options and can be executed at any skill level. Really, there’s so many styles of string wall hangings and of course the colour possibilities are pretty much endless. Here’s one that uses a (not so) fancy layering technique to give you more of a unique 3D heart effect.

Here’s what you’ll need for this DIY heart string wall hanging project. You can adjust to make larger or smaller but the materials I used are for one that’s 24″w x 27″h.

3 dowels cut to your desired width
approx. 120 yards/110 m* of red yarn (or colour of your choice)
approx. 220 yards/201 m* of white yarn (or colour of your choice)
craft/news/scrap paper for template
masking/painters tape

*Note: as you’ll see by the photos below there’s lots of yarn waste doing it the way I did. If you want to avoid waste and use less yarn, you can definitely make your string piece lengths closer to the final length.

Step 1: wrap 2 pieces of dowel with the white, and one with the red yarn. Here’s a good image link to see how you wrap the yarn around the dowel.

Step 2: layer them with the red between the two whites and then tie the dowels together with a piece of yarn that you will also use to hang the piece.
Step 3: Create a heart template using craft/news/scrap paper. It should be the exact width of your wall hanging. Scroll further below to see my template as I forgot to take a picture at this step. Oops. Using masking tape or painters tape, stick the heart template where you want it and cut just the top of the heart from the top white layer. If you find it tricky to cut with the template taped on then use a marker and lightly outline the template and then just be sure to cut off any evidence of the marker from the yarn.

Step 4: Using your template again cut the bottom of the heart from the middle red layer. I found it was helpful to use the tape as a guide for this step since it’s a straight edge and it also keep the yarn from moving when you cut.

Step 6: You’re pretty much done! Now you just trim the bottom white layer to the length you like. You can also leave it more random if you like that look.

Easy right?! And then you’ll have this adorable DIY heart string wall hanging. It will literally tug at your heart strings.
DIY Heart String Wall Art by the Sweet Escape DIY Heart String Wall Art by the Sweet Escape

If you like this project and looking for a little more crafty Valentines LOVE then check out some of these amazing Valentine themed projects that have been shared all week by some my talented Canadian blogger pals (links below image) or some of our past Valentine DIY’s . Looks like there’s no shortage of creative love to go around this year so get crafting!

25 Valentine DIY projects


Heart Shaped Pizzas for Valentine’s Day by Jo-Anna of A Pretty Life
Blood Orange Limoncello Cocktail for Valentine’s Day by Tara of Suburble
Ombre Cake Makeover from a Grocery Store Cake by Colleen of Lemon Thistle
Valentine’s Popcorn by Janella of Ma Belle Vie
“Warm Heart” Hand Warmers by Sarah of Flourish & Knot


Valentine’s Day Embroidery Projects by Heather of Home to Heather
Valentine’s Candy Inspired Table Setting by Andrea of Personally Andrea
Valentine Heart Strawberry Pop Tarts by Jen of Kitchen Counter Chronicles
Valentine’s Day Date Night In Gift Basket Idea by Christina of The DIY Mommy
Valentine’s Day Chocolate Chunk Skillet Cookies by Shauna of Satori Design for Living


Felt Valentine’s Day Cards by Alex of Northstory
Lovey Dovey Vegan Chocolate Bark by Joann of Woman in Real Life
Valentine’s Day Wall Hanging by Thalita of The Learner Observer
DIY Valentine String Art by Tash of The Dreamhouse Project
Fluffy Valentine Sugar Cookies by Kendra of Joy In Our Home


Easy DIY Valentine’s Wreath by Laurie of VinYet ETC
Raspberry Pie Mousse Cups by Daniela of Lifeovereasy
Valentines Day Breakfast by Dannyelle of Life is a Party
Valentine’s Mantel by Jen of Rambling Renovators
Boyfriend Bouquet | Floating Heart Terrarium by Cynthia of Cynthia Zamaria


Embroidery Hoop Valentine Art by Christine of The DIY Dreamer
“You & Me” Wood Sign by Lindi of Love Create Celebrate
Chocolate and Coconut Coated Heart Mini-Cakes by Jane and Sonja of Sustain My Craft Habit
Heart Shaped Marshmallows for Valentine’s Day by Christine of Amidst the Chaos


16 responses to “DIY Heart String Wall Hanging”

  1. How adorable is that?! It sends me back to jr. high when we made those sorts of things in art class (of course, not as perfect as yours!). Just lovely!

  2. What a great technique! I honestly thought you someone weaved it in the first time I saw it. This is way easier and what a great layered impact.

  3. I love knitting material stuff. And this is seriously amazing one. Best part is, it is easily done by yourself as you can design according to your choice.

  4. That wall hanging is stunning. How creative you are. The textures just make me want to reach out and caress it. Thanks for sharing!