I have another Valentine’s Day DIY idea for you today. I know I have already posted about a million this year, but this is the last one. I promise! And just so you know, I don’t just sit in a room alone making Valentine’s Day crafts all day. Sometimes Luna or my boyfriend are in the room too.

Today’s craft idea is string art. I first attempted string art back in December, but my project kind of got lost in all the holiday commotion and is sitting unfinished in a pile of abandoned crafts.

However, this string art project is finished and perfect for Valentine’s Day. It even features your favorite dog silhouette! Cat, llama, and velociraptor silhouettes are also acceptable.

DIY Valentine's Day String Art with Dog Silhouette


Piece of wood or wooden plaque
Red string or crochet thread
Black string or crochet thread
Linoleum nails (thin, short nails with a head)
Paper template
White acrylic paint (optional)
Paint brush (optional)


1. Print out heart pattern and desired silhouette. You want your heart pattern to be slightly smaller than your piece of wood. The silhouette should fit inside the heart.

2. Using the sand paper, smooth out any rough patches on the piece of wood. Sanding will also help the paint stick.

3. If desired, paint the wood. You will need 2-3 coats of paint to get full coverage. Let dry.

4. Trim your patterns. Tape the silhouette on top of the heart pattern, so that it is inside the heart. Place the heart pattern on top of wood in your desired location.

5. Start hammering nails around the edge of the heart. Hammer the nails about half way in, so that they do not move. Space them about 1 cm apart.

6. Once you have nails all the way around the heart, start on your silhouette and continue until your shapes are complete.

7. Rip off the paper template. Use the tweezers to pull out any pieces that are left behind. It is okay if you leave a small piece or two. You won’t notice it once your string art is done anyway.

NOTE: You can also trace the heart and silhouette patterns onto the wood and nail on top of the traced line. If you do this you’ll just skip Step 7. I was concerned about being able to see the line in the finished piece, so I didn’t take this approach.

8. Tie the end of your red string around one of the nails of the heart shape and start weaving your string in and out around the nails. Have fun and randomly pick nails to crisscross the string. Try to to avoid crossing through the silhouette shape since you will be using the black string there.

9. Continue until you are happy with the look of the heart. Once done, tie off the end of the string on another nail and cut it off the spool.

10. Tie the end of your black string around one of the nails of the silhouette shape. Weave the string in and out through this shape, careful not to venture out into the red heart area.

11. Once you are happy with the way the silhouette looks, tie off the string and cut it off the spool.

12. Put your new string art piece up for display!

DIY Valentine's Day String Art with Dog Silhouette

If you are looking for more Valentine’s Day ideas, you might like:

Printable Valentine’s Day Cards for Dogs and Dog Lovers
DIY Valentine’s Day Dog Silhouette Garland
Easy Strawberry Banana Heart Frozen Dog Treats
DIY Clay Paw Print Hearts
DIY Valentine’s Day Treat Jar

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What silhouette would you use for your String Art?

Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman is a bargain hunter, food lover, and software engineer figuring out how to be a pet parent for the first time. Jessica has been a long time lover of all animals (especially llamas and manatees) and is happy that she can finally combine that love with technology.
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  • HuskyCrazed

    Oh these are super cool!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  • What a neat idea! Thanks for sharing.

  • Your DIYs are great! This one is beautiful. Any dog with big, pointy ears would also make a great silhouette 🙂

  • That’s really beautiful; I think I’m going to try it, but I’m a little bit worried that my clumsy self might not make something quite as endearing as yours.

  • This is a really cute DIY project! I love to do crafts, so I might just have to try it out – with a cat of course. Very fun 🙂

  • What a fun project! Your version turned out quite well.

  • Kitty Cat Chronicles

    Wow, that’s so neat!!! Thank you for sharing. I would love to give this a try!

  • Emma

    That is a neat idea!

  • This is awesomeness personified! I lub dis – gonna share UR groovy dog-themed string art project for Valentine’s Day!
    Mattiedog, A Little Dog Making a Big Difference in This World

  • Love this idea! We did a similar string art piece with an outline of our state to a heart around our city a while back! Perhaps we should compliment it with a nice Golden silhouette?!!

  • Lisa F.

    Oh my goodness, this is so cool. I’m going to bookmark this to try it. Thanks!

  • Chelsea Price

    Sooo so so so cute! I love string art! I like this version because there are so many different versions you could make – it even looks good just leaving the dog part blank with no string. I would probably make a breed that is easily recognizable from a silhouette…dachshund, Frenchie, or Great Dane, maybe? Bookmarking this DIY 🙂

  • Sierra M. Koester

    Those are so cute!!

  • Shannon

    This is so fun, thank you for sharing this craft with us and I hope your Valentine’s Day was nice.

  • Amanda G.

    I love the string art but it always looks SO complicated! Thanks for simplifying! I see some crafting in my future 🙂

  • sandy weinstein

    i would love to do this my my schauzers. i would like to try to do different colors for their feathers and body since they are black and silver.

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  • love this

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