How To Make A String Art Neon Heart Sign

String Neon Heart Sign for Valentine’s

The post title might say that this string neon heart sign is for Valentine’s. But, I believe that just like love, this gorgeous neon sign is for all year round and not just Valentines day!

I’ve always loved crafting and making stuff. When I was about 10 years old I got a string art kit for my birthday (which happens to be on Valentine’s Day!). Mine was some kind of geometric pattern with gold and silver thread on a black velvet background. It was on my bedroom wall for years!

I thought it would be fun to recreate my own string art but this time using El neon wire to make an illuminated neon heart sign.

One thing that has changed since I was a child is that I’m not such a fan of symmetry. My neon heart string art design is a lot more random than those kits I used to make.

This is a very quick and easy craft to do. I made my own backboard out of pallet wood. But, you can use any old bit of wood.

El wire is very cheap to buy and comes in loads of colours. So, you can make the neon heart any colour you want. In the past, I’ve made my son a fun blue custom neon sign of his name.

A funky alternative to string art with this DIY neon heart sign for Valentine's day

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What You Need To Make A Neon Heart Sign

Pink neon el wire with battery pack

How To Make A String Neon Heart Sign

  1. The first thing I did was to make a rustic backboard for my neon heart sign by repurposing some pallet wood. I cut three strips of pallet wood to about 40cm in lengths. I then sanded them smooth
Scraps of pallet wood

2. Nail 2 strips of wood to the back to hold the 3 pieces of pallet wood together. Even if you are using a different piece of wood for the sign it is worth nailing one of these wood strips to the back. They make a handy shelf for the battery pack.

Preparing the base

3. Using a sheet of paper, cut out a heart shape to fit the wooden base. Place the heart template on the wood and draw around it with a pencil.

Heart template for neon heart sign

4. Next, using the heart outline as a guide, hammer in the nails about 2-3 cm (1″) apart.

hammering in nails

5. Drill a hole inside the nail heart just big enough for the El neon wire to pass through.

Heart outline in nails ready for neon string art

6. Pull the el wire all the way through the hole in the wood. Leave the battery packs at the back.

Threading el wire through the wood

7. Start crisscrossing the wire across the neon heart as you would with string art. Wrap the wire around the nails as you go. I went for a random string art pattern, but you can be more methodical if you prefer. Carry on until you run out of wire. Secure the end to the wood base with a dab of glue.

Wrapping the El wire around the heart shape like string art.

8. To finish off secure the battery packs to the back of the neon heart sign with tape.

Securing battery pack to back of neon sign.
Neon heart sign made with el wire string art

I love the pink colour that this string art neon heart shines with when it’s turned on. I’m going to hang my heart in the kitchen. However, I might just pop it on my mantle in the lounge when it’s Valentine’s day for a decoration!

If you like this project you might want to check out some of my other illuminated and non illuminated Valentine’s projects.

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32 Responses

  1. We’ve had these string for years!! We gaffer tape them to our hats so we can see each other at night on a festival field!! I must re-purpose a couple of them and make the boys some wall art. Such a great idea Claire 🙂 #HomeEtc

  2. What a great project idea! We have tried string art a few times but I have never heard of neon wire. I bet my boys would love this. Thanks so much for linking up with us at Share Some Love. Pinned.

    • Thank you. Your boys could spell their name with the wire. My son has a neon sign of his name.

      • That’s a wonderful idea! I was stopping back by today to let you know that his post is one of my featured favorites from the Share Some Love party. Thanks once again for sharing with us.

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  4. I am soooooooo saving this one until I can find some of that wire. What a really cool idea. My daughter is going to love it!!!

    • Thank you. The wire is widely available on both eBay and Amazon.

  5. This is so, so cool!! Thanks so much for sharing at our Merry Monday party. I’ll be including it in my Party Features next week 🙂

  6. Another brilliant one Claire, my gears are turning thinking about all the amazing possibilities! thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday as always!

  7. I did not know that neon string was a thing, how cool is that?!
    I love your string art sign .

  8. Wow! This is really cool. I had no idea that this neon string even existed. Now I want some to play with. Happy New Year, Kippi #kippiathome

  9. So fun, Claire! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  10. This would look so amazing against the dark grey walls of our office!! Thank you for linking up to #HomeEtc Claire X

  11. Peg

    💖Love it❣️ Need to make for my home but passing on to oldest son,great gift for him to make for his girlfriend

    • Thank you. I’m sure she will love it, especially as it will be handmade!

  12. What a fun project! I’m loving the neon string, which is something I haven’t worked with before.

  13. Ah I LOVE this! I have been planning to make a neon sign for ages, but couldn’t decide on the words to use so maybe I’ll swap to a heart instead. It looks absolutely fab x #HomeEtc

  14. I didn’t know you could get that wire I thought you had add a light to it

  15. This is amazing. I would have never even known they made such a material, let alone that you could use it like this. Now my creative juices are flowing to come up with something similar to hang above our mantel. Thank you so much for the inspiration!

    • Thank you. El wire is fun to play with there are so many things you can make with it.

  16. This is such an awesome idea. I’m always looking for cool craft projects to try. Thanks!

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