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We love string art and made heart string cards a couple of Valentine’s Day ago which was a huge hit with the kids! We thought we’d do a creative twist by recycling a box and stringing some hearts right on it!

The box upcycles to become a pretty display canvas that costs nothing!

Recycled Box Heart String Art – Materials:

– Shallow closed box
Small nails
Yarn or string
– Scissors


Step 1. First you’ll need a heart template. We searched “heart template” online and printed out a few different sizes to use as templates. Trace over your box.

Step 2. Punch in the nails with your hands (adults should do this step) all around the heart as shown below.

Step 3. With one color string, tie off to one nail and string in a criss-cross design. When you want to add another color, simply tie the first string to another color and continue. When you’re done, tie off the string to one of the nails and snip off any tails.

This heart string art is a fun way for kids to practice their fine motor skills and is a sweet Valentine’s Day art project!

Do you like string art? Check out our string heart cards and more creative Valentine’s Day ideas for kids!


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Agnes Hsu is a mom of three and has been inspiring parents and kids to get creative with easy activities and family friendly recipes for over 10 years. She shares her love for creative play and kids food to her 2MM+ followers online. Agnes' commitment to playful learning and kindness has not only raised funds for charity but also earned features in prestigious nationwide publications.