Sunday, February 10, 2013

DIY: The perfect Valentine's Day gift!


My boyfriend and I had out two year anniversary this past week, and on the day he surprised me with this heart shaped string art he had made for me. I've seen these on pinterest before, and always thought they were so pretty and would be so fun to make, but I never did.. I was kind of amazed that my boyfriend had made one of these, because I've never even talked about them, but I always really wanted one. And I thought that since I think that they are so pretty, maybe some of you will too! They are actually quite easy to make once you get started, and they make the perfect Valentine's gift! Or just a gift for someone you care about in general. I actually made my very first youtube video on how to make this, so check it out at my youtube channel, SirisLife! And one more thing; sorry that the picture quality is a little off in this post. I had some issues with my camera and the lighting didn't really help. I hope you don't mind too much!


What you will need:
A piece of paper
A wooden board of any size you want
A pen or pencil
A hammer
Paint in the color you want the board to be
Yarn or thread in the color you want your heart (or other shape) to be in
A bunch of small nails
You will also need some scissors

The first thing you do is to cover your entire board with the paint. You might have to paint it two or three times depending on how well the paint covers. Then let it dry for as long as it says on the package/container. Draw out your desired shape on a piece of paper while the board is drying. 

Place the shape on top of your board and start hammering in the nails along the line you drew. Make sure that you don't hammer them in too far, but they have to be securely fastened. Also try to keep all the nails in approximately the same height. When you are done, remove the paper by just tearing it away. 

Secure your thread by tying it around a nail for a couple of times, and then start twisting it around all of the nails in your shape. Then just start twisting it around different nails to fill in your shape and create a somewhat random pattern. Try to keep the thread as tight as possible so it will stay in place. 

Continue until you are happy with how it looks. Then just tie the thread around one of the nails a couple of times and cut off any excess. And then you are done! 

As I mentioned I also made a video to show how I did this. It is my very first video, so it would mean a lot to me if you would check it out, and maybe subscribe to my channel if you want to! :) If you want you can check it out here!

Let me know if you like this idea, and let me know how it goes if you try it out! What would you make if you was going to give someone a homemade gift for Valentine's Day (I have an edible one coming up next week)?


47 comments:

  1. This is such a cute idea, and so unique. Valentines day is so commericalised and filled with things that are always the same, it's totally refreshing to read a post for a gift idea that has lots of thought and effort put into it, and that will last a long time. I'm a new follower, your blog is so sweet, and you can check out and follow my blog if you wish at www.rollerbladesandvintage.blogspot.com

    Tata, Leah xo

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    1. Thank you so much! Your comment really put a smile on my face :) I will definitely look more into your blog! :) xx

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  2. Omg this is such a great idea!! I think I might do this for my mum as she always looks for creative ways to decorate the house! thanks, I think ill have to book mark this page! www.cherrytruth2.blogspot.co.uk xxx

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    1. Wow, thank you :) Let me know how it goes if you try it out! xx

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  3. Wow, so creative. Such a great idea. :)
    Thanks for a lovely comment, following you now. :)

    http://jonnessa.blogspot.com

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  4. this is amazing! reaslly creative!
    XOXO
    Adrielle
    http://dailyfashiondream.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much! :) I love your blog! xx

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  5. This is such a great idea!! Its really pretty and looks so professional. I'd love to get this as a present hehe. Might even try and give it a go!

    Thank you for your lovely comment on my post! :) I definitely recommend getting Apocalips as soon as you can get hold of it ha!
    Abby x
    Be You and Be Beautiful

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    1. Thank you so much! That is so nice to hear :) Let me know if you decide to try it! :) I can't wait for them to get here! I'll be waiting. Haha! xx

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  6. this is such a lovely idea :) my best friend would love one of these! x

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    1. Thank you! :) It is definitely a great idea to give to friends. It is quite simple, but it shows them that you put some extra thought into it :) xx

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  7. aw your boyfriend sounds so sweet! great first youtube video :) I subscribed!

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    1. Thank you so so much! You have no idea how happy that makes me :) And he is definitely a keeper! xx

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  8. Wow I love this idea.. it looks amazing!

    would you like to follow each other?
    http://aaperception.blogspot.ca/

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    1. Thank you so much! :) I am following your blog now ;) xx

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  9. This looks so expensive and adorable! I love it so much (:
    I definitely think I'm going to give this a try!
    Thanks so much for visiting and following my blog by the way xx

    Hope you have a beautiful day, Siri ;)

    www.cremedelachic.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much, that made me happy! :) Let me know how it goes! No problem, I love your blog!
      I hopw you have an amazing day too! :) xx

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  10. wow these look so great and seem so simple to do!

    great post, thanks for sharing :)

    www.sunbeamsanddaisydreams.blogspot.co.uk

    xx

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    1. Thank you very much! You're right, it's not that hard at all :) xx

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  11. I love it, I think it's so cute, wish I wasn't so rubbish at DIY

    http://alittlebitunique.blogspot.co.uk/

    x

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    1. Thanks! :) You could definitely do this though, it is not hard at all! ;) Give it a try :) xx

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  12. This is such a lovely idea and so creative! I wish I was capable of doing something like this x


    http://whatisinherwardrobe.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you!! :) I'm sure you are! When you just get started you'll find that it is actually so easy! :) xx

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  13. Aw this is so neat! Really adorable idea - very creative :) Great post hun!

    Lucy xx

    www.behind-clothes-doors.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, and thank you so much for stopping by! :) xx

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  14. This is so lovely and creative! I wish I was better at DIY, I would totally make a present but I guess wandering around Selfridges a day before will have to do for another year!

    http://www.youremyfavouriteflavour.blogspot.com/

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    1. I know what you mean! You should still try it sometime though. It is not as time consuming as you would think. Thank you so much for your lovely comment! :) xx

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  15. this is just a suggestion, but maybe you can do the boyfriend tag on your youtube channel or in a post? :)

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    1. That would be really fun! He might need some persuasion, but I will see what I can do! :)

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  16. Wow you are really talented
    really enjoy your blog
    Please check out mine:
    http://www.lovelyladia.com/

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    1. Thank you so much! Your blog is really good, and you look so pretty in your latest outfit! :) xx

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  17. great DIY.Found your blog today.New Follower here.

    http://www.abeautifulfeather.com/

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    1. Thank you so much for following me, it really makes me so happy!! :) xx

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  18. How about a follow for follow?
    If you want here are the links:
    Hugs xx

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    Bloglovin = http://www.bloglovin.com/en/blog/4278623
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  19. uou great idea <3 i have just visited your blog for the first time, i became your new follower

    http://tinkerbelllinsp.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and following! :) Checking out your site now! xx

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  20. So cute, Siri! So, would your boyfriend do a boyfriend tag, or is he too shy like mine? ;)

    www.meganandpearls.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much! :) He might be.. Haha. But I am definitely going to try and talk him into it. I think it would be really fun :) xx

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  21. really great idea/gift for valentines!
    xoxo,
    www.levoguecrystal.com

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  22. Cute idea - it looks amazing :)


    www.ofbeautyandnothingness.blogspot.co.uk

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  23. This is such a cute idea, thanks for sharing :) x

    www.thefashionseason.blogspot.co.uk

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  24. Wow this looks amazing.

    I have tagged you on my blog for the Liebster award, hope you check it out :)

    http://glossytemptations.blogspot.co.uk

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  25. Great DIY Siri !
    thanks for visiting my blog :) I had to change the url though >_< !


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