I've been wanting to make this design for sometime now! A friend recently told me she wanted a faith based string art and that gave me the motivation to give it a try!
I started with a pine board 14in by 11.25in in size and stained it with a dark red mahogany stain.
I created my own cross shape, dimensions pictured above. As labeled on the cross I used 30 nails to make up the heart and 115 nails to make up the cross. The more nails you use the more dense the string will be.
Once you've got your cross and heart all made up you'll want to tape it onto your board so that it is in the position you want to be finished in. Don't worry you can hammer right through the tape!
Next I like to use an ice pick to pre-hole where i want my nails to be. This also allows me to pull the paper off without leaving little pieces under the nails. Once it is all pre-holed you want to start in on the nails, hammering them in about 1/3 of the height of the nail.
Once you've got all the nails in you get to start in on the string! I started my string at the top of the cross in the center. Tie the string into a double knot and hot glue it with a little dot so that it seals it off. I also divided my 115 nails from the cross with the 30 nails from the heart putting that at about 3.8. So I went around each of the outer nails once and put three or four loops around one heart nail and then moved to the next set of four nails on the cross for the second heart nail. Be sure to push down the strings on all the nails so that they don't slip off too easily!